How do I get my 3 month old breastfed baby to sleep longer than 2-3 hrs each night?

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Sherri - posted on 02/11/2012

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3hrs is pretty much the norm at this age especially for breastfed babies.

Nikki - posted on 02/11/2012

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It's normal, they have such little tummies that they need to feed often. I know it's frustrating when you hear of other babies sleeping 6-7 hours at that age but you have to remember that every baby is different.



One thing I used to do is cluster feed in the afternoon, offer a feed every hour, put my daughter down to bed then just before I went to bed I would dream feed her (feed her without waking her) I used to get about 4 hours sleep in before she would wake again at that age.



If your not working just sleep when they sleep during the day. It will pass, I know it's exhausting but it doesn't go on forever.

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Amanda - posted on 02/11/2012

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Cluster feeding may work start in early evening. As well as wake him up for a feeding when you are on your way to bed. Otherwise almost all babies get up that many hours, breastfeed or not. 3 months is a major growth spurt time so they need more feedings no matter how they feed.

Sylvia - posted on 02/11/2012

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This isn't going to be what you want to hear, but the way to get her/him to sleep longer at night is to wait for him/her to get older. 2-3 hours is absolutely normal at such a young age -- they need to eat that often.

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