Lorena - posted on 11/23/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )
Hey all you co-sleeping moms, how do you do it. I have a 4 month old daughter who just can't sleep through the night and still comes one or two times per night for a feed. I think she had acid reflux and doesn't eat big meals, but lots of littler ones. I'm going to the doctor tomorrow for the acid reflux, but the problem is that I need my sleep. When she wakes up the first time I bring her to bed to nurse her and end up falling asleep. Because of the acid reflux I can't give her a full feeding and then lay her down, her head has to stay elevated for at least 30 minutes and even then she usually throuws up. If she nurses laying with me she usually nurses one breast then sleeps for a half hour to an hour and then goes for the second one. With this she doesn't spit up, probably because her tummy isn't reallly full.
I also have a daughter who just turned two and is getting her incisors and molars all at the same time and I have to get up with her at least once per night as well. I already know the risks and have generally ben against co sleeping in the past for myself, but I've just gotta get my rest. A feeding takes about an hour ( 2-250 min feeding and 30 min sitting up. At 2;30 in the morning and again at 6;00, I just can't loose that much sleep. I already give her her last feeding at 23;00.
So, how do you do it safely?
I appreciate all of the good advice, but mom's who are against co-sleeping, I respectfully ask you to refrain from telling me I should not co-sleep, I'm looking for ideas not arguments. Thank you.