Frequent nighttime waking - breastfeeding, please help!!!

Petra - posted on 03/17/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi, I have 10 months old twin boys.They are exclusively breastfed, they eat good before going to bed and breastfed to sleep afterwards. It seems that they are waking up more and more often at night and don't settle unless I breastfeed them back to sleep. Especially one of them is getting worse and worse now. It takes me several attempts to move him from my bed to his crib (after I nurse him) without him waking up and screaming his lungs out. Once he starts crying, he won't settle on his own. Neither of them takes pacifier.It just feel I'm doing nothing else the whole night than switching them back and forth, nursing, putting them back to their cribs....just like when they got born, I'm just complete wreck...I was trying rocking before but after I spent 1.5 hrs at night rocking "the difficult" one and he was still crying, I gave up ....I don't want them to "cry it out"...please help me!!!!!

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Havefaith09michaia11 - posted on 03/17/2011

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You can always have Daddy put them to bed. I would make up a ruteen that does not invole nursing to sleep. Nurse then have a story and teeth brushed and then daddy rock them for a bit. I know crying it out is not what you want so I will not suggest that. It will though invole some crying as they want you. If they wake up have daddy deal with them. Hope this helps

Jessie - posted on 03/17/2011

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also, have you considered teething? My son got his first tooth at 11 months and it disrupted his sleep. it still does and he is now 20 months and cutting teeth number 12&13 at once!

Jessie - posted on 03/17/2011

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Adjust your bedtime routine so that it does not include nursing them to sleep. Take them off the breast when the get sleepy and stop actively sucking and distract them with something else (lullaby, story time, hugs from daddy, etc) Then put them down drowsy but awake. It is rought for a few weeks but it finally worked for us (but we only have one!) and he slowly began sleeping longer periods. after you get bedtime down, do the same thing during night wakings.. take them off before they fall asleep and put them back to bed. good luck

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