6 month old, no food, no sleep

Lauren - posted on 08/26/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )




My breast fed 6 mo is still waking 2x a night to eat. I've tried several different solid foods and she's had bad reactions to ALL of them. 2-3 hours after she tries the food, she vomits profusely. I've even tried rice cereal and oatmeal. She's at the point now where she'll start to gag before I even touch her lips with the spoon. I don't know what else to do to help fill her up during the day to try and get her to sleep longer at night. We also discovered a few months ago she has eczema and is allergic to eggs which I've cut out of my diet. Her skin has cleared up really well since then. At this point, I feel hopeless. I also have a 2.5 year old at home as well to care for and I'm teetering on the edge because I haven't slept in so long. I'm open to any suggestions! Thank you!


Paige - posted on 08/26/2014




Lauren, I feel for you! That's tough, and I went through the same when my two were wee ones. In fact, I'm sorry to say, but my newborn didn't start sleeping through the night until he was 3. He was very different from my first, who slept through the night by the time he was 4 months old. Everyone says babies are different and they're right. Everyone says the sleep deprivation is a killer and they're right about that, too. I was so desperate by the time my son was 2 that I tried letting him cry it out, but not only did it break my heart, but it didn't work at all!

What I did to cope was schedule an afternoon, "compulsory" nap for both babies so I could get some sleep (it took time to arrange and practice, but it worked). As for the night feedings, my smallest went down to a 2am single feeding by the time he was a year old. For him, it wasn't about being full. It was the fact that his system was different. To this day (he's 6 now), he eats more often than his brother and has a faster metabolism. It's just his nature. It sounds like your daughter may be the same.

Keep up the loving and selfless job of breastfeeding and try getting them to nap at the same time every afternoon. And pray!! I started using the frequent breastfeeding time to memorize Scripture, then in the middle of the night when I was in zombie mode, feeling a little resentful, I rehearsed the verses in my mind that I had memorized. It had an amazing effect on my mental state, erased all the resentment, and gave me peace and happiness. Be encouraged! You're doing the right thing, and you're a wonderful, amazing mom!

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