Breastfeeding through the night?

Terri - posted on 08/26/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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SO my 9 month old will not sleep all night which is fine by me, the problem is she wants to suck all night, she will not take a pacifier or a bottle. I dont know what to do I am so tired because as soon as I take her off and lay her in her bed she starts screaming until I let her latch back on. She is sleeping while sucking but I cant sleep? Any advice please help??

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Joanne - posted on 08/26/2009

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I totally agree its a stage that will pass, my son was the same way, his lasted about two weeks. After a week of doing that, I realize what he was doing, so I started a routine....let him nurse til he was full, then when he pauses...and drifts of too sleep, I unlatch him with my finger. He will scream, I will put him back on...then off, then on, then off, after a few times, he got tired and went to sleep. After a few days of doing that, he was off using me as a pacifier. He nurses then sleeps and he would sleep thur the night.

Minnie - posted on 08/26/2009

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Cosleep. Latch baby on, go back to sleep. How mothers have gotten their sleep throughout the millennia.

Christina - posted on 08/26/2009

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Are you cosleeping??? Just curious, I have nursed 2 so far 2.5yrs each and they both went through stages where they nursed all night....but we coslept so it really wasn't an issue, if your not you might try it even in a different bed then yours if you have an extra and your worried about them gettin used to yours. Just a thought

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Aleks - posted on 12/13/2010

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one question... is anything new in her diet... I mean new since she started acting that way?
If something is upsetting her tummy, then she may be wanting to do the all night nursing thing. I know mine did. One thing was giving her pretty bad reflux and her only way of coping was to nurse (mine did the 30-45min stints all night).
Just a thought...

Joanne - posted on 12/12/2010

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hi bonnie, 9 month old still waking you up ever 1.5 hours? my 6 month old is sleeping 7 to 8 hours before I need to nurse him, sometimes he goes 9 hours. I'm not sure what to say, if you have been going through this for 3 months!! You are doing solids now too right? Maybe if you nursed him in you arms for a good 15 mins or so, make sure he is really full, then let him sleep and ignore his 1.5 hour calls?? sounds mean, I know, but kids do good at routines, seems like he has you on his 1.5 hour routine instead of your 5 or 6 hour routine! thats what I would try, at 9 months, baby certainly doesn't need to be nursed every 2 hours. good luck

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I appreciate what all the moms have said, here, but I know what you are going through. My first daughter (3.5 years old now) was fine with nursing all night while co-sleeping. She would just latch on when she needed to and I barely even noticed. My 9month old does not latch by herself, however, and continues to wake me every 1.5 hours to nurse or comfort her. She's been doing this for almost three months and I am exhausted! As much as I love to co-sleep, it does not seem to be the solution for this baby. I guess we just tough it out?

Brenda - posted on 08/26/2009

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Have you thought about bringing her into your bed until she gets past this phase? She may have hit that nine month growth period which is causing her growing pains and needs the comfort and security, as well as the pain reducing hormones in your milk? You'd have to make it safe for her (bed against the wall, no cracks to slip into, etc) but it would let you get some sleep until this stage passes.

Angelica - posted on 08/26/2009

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My daughter does the exact same thing. I co-sleep with her so I just latch on and go to sleep. But I understand your frustration. I'm sorry I don't have any advice. I hope it gets better and you don't give up on nursing.

Michelle - posted on 08/26/2009

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my son is 1 year and I am in the same boat. I have read books, and tried everything, the only thing I can come up with is to stop breastfeeding. Which I am not thrilled about. I am up for any suggestions also.

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