My baby's sleeping pattern is getting worse instead of better?

Young - posted on 10/14/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My baby is breastfed and now at 7 weeks her sleeping patterns seem to be getting worse, not better! She first wakes up after 2 hours n stays up for almost 2 hours, feeding and then playing. After which she keeps getting up after every 1 hour and only feeds for 10-15 mins and falls asleep. Help?!

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Jessica - posted on 10/15/2012

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Do you think it might be teething then?

I know they can start showing signs of irritability up to a month before they actually start making headway.

W/ my first I learned to notice when she started chewing on a pacifier, she would usually be teething w/i about a month.

Just got finished going through a month long super fussy period w/ DD2 and she just started cutting her eye teeth on top.

She's 20 mo, wouldn't stay asleep kept me up all night tossing and turning. Poor thing.

So, has she been clamping a bit? Does she have any little bumps on her gums.

Right about now is a good time to start working on teaching her not to bite (before the teeth come in). When she starts to clamp a bit harder than she usually does, say no bite. If she does it again, say ah! No bite! (not super loud, mind you) and take her off for a min.

This is about the same age I ended up starting w/ mine, never had an incidence where any blood was drawn.

Jessica - posted on 10/14/2012

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Sounds like maybe some growth spurts, she needs to nurse more often to encourage milk production. Once your milk supply catches up, she won't need to nurse as often till the next growth spurt.

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Robyn - posted on 10/17/2012

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i only have two kids, but with my youngest of 6 months i notice that his sleep pattern depends on a multitude of things such as< activity during the day< solid consumption< and growth spurt, I can tell just by watching my little guy when to quickly get some food into him before he reaches that window of being too tired and only wanting his baba, cause once he gets to that point he fills up on milk and then doesnt sleep as long, the baba is relaxing for them and for my youngest it puts him to sleep right away your breast will be the same for him/her. You can speak to your doctor about your concerns but I found with both my kids that it was just a matter of figuring out a diet that works best for them and introduced pablem with breast milk by bottle during the day periodically to help fill him and then he started sleeping better after 2 days, my other son was just a good sleeper and feeder.

Jessica - posted on 10/15/2012

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Try elevating the mattress slightly at the head, see if that doesn't help her sleep a little longer. Take a small pillow or fold up a blanket and slide it up under the head of the bed. This should help keep acid from escaping her little tummy and making her throat anymore sore than prolly is already.

HTH

Jessica - posted on 10/15/2012

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She might also rub/scratch/pull at her ears. Sometimes mommies think it's an ear infection and it turns out they're only teething.

Yeah, after I thought about it, I realized that's about the age mine started all that fun stuff.

Make sure she gets plenty of opportunity to chew on stuff. And invest in teething tabs, Tylenol, Oragel or whatever you plan on using during these stages.

I'd also go ahead and get some more Lansinoh (something for the nips) for when she gets you just a little harder than is comfortable a few times too many.

You might also want to start practicing patting her back to sleep.

If supply is not the issue, then you don't want her being overfull all the time.

It will give you practice at burping and it will help you avoid the vicious cycle of reflux nursing ( not sure what the official name for it is. Baby gets overfull, reflux brings some of the acid into the esophagus, baby nurses to soothe throat, so on, so forth).

Reflux may also cause loss of sleep.

Good Luck mommy, I hope baby girl gets over this. stage quickly enough.

I know w/ mine sometimes it almost seems I've forgotten that I'm waiting for teeth to come in by the time they start officially cutting them.

Young - posted on 10/15/2012

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That could definitely be a possibility! I had never imagined it could happen this early but read up on it a little more and she does show a couple of symptoms like eating her hands a lot, and clamping a bit occasionally. Though I don't see any bumps or swelling in her mouth. She also suffers frm wind, doesn't burp after a feed usually and has big spit ups :(

Young - posted on 10/15/2012

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thanks for the response! milk supply doesnt seem to be an issue, i seem to have ample supply especially since at that time she barely drinks for 10 -15 mins at a time. plus after staying up for almost 2 hours and sleeping on a full stomach, i dont understand why she wakes up after 30-45 mins!

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