getting your breastfed 6 month old to sleep better at night ( waking every 2 hrs still)

Amanda - posted on 12/10/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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i dont care if she still wakes to feed i mean i know she still will being BF and all but shes waking every 1 - 2 hrs still and i cant get her to stay asleep when i put her back in her crib shell b completely out cold the second i put her down shes awake!! i just dunno wat to do.. i leave her to cry n it doesnt help

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Sarh - posted on 12/11/2010

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Oh! And my son is breastfed, 6mo and like I said in the other post sleeps 7-12hrs a night! So it is possible and I hope you manage to get some sleep.

Sarh - posted on 12/11/2010

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Are you eating balanced meals?! Try eating more protein and oatmeal. I barely eat except dinner I chow down, I'm just never hungry. I do try eating more, but it doesn't work. That could be the reason for her nursing so frequently still. Sorry, I may not be much help both of mine have slept through the night since they were about a month old. My 6mo will wake every 2-4hrs some nights and those nights are when I forget to eat dinner and don't drink much water. I am still trying to get myself to drink 6oz or more before each feeding of his, I do some days and those days I have much more milk and he seems to be full longer.
Sorry if that was all kind of rambled haha. Just try eating more protein (peanut butter!! can be put on just about everything!) eat oatmeal once a day at least, and drink at least 6oz of water before every feeding.
Good luck!

Laura - posted on 12/10/2010

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there are many things you could try...swaddling, maybe? we had to swaddle our daughter until she was about 7 months old! it sounds crazy to some people, but it worked. now she's a year, and no...she does not still need to be swaddled and we did not have to 'break' her of it! she just got to a point that she didn't need it anymore. i know it can be a divisive subject, so i won't say too much about it, but sometimes the easiest solution is co-sleeping. our daughter just never slept at night if she wasn't in bed with us, and after you get over all the hype and disrespect (and false statistics), it is quite enjoyable for the whole family, to say the least! (and, as an added bonus, our sex life has had to become a lot more creative!) anyway, just a couple thoughts, and good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 12/10/2010

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we've gone through this with our son, as well. i've always loved rocking him to sleep and i didn't want to give that up. one thing that really helped with keeping him asleep while putting him in his crib was having him loosely wrapped in a blanket while i rocked him to sleep...that way when i would go to put him down, he wouldn't notice the temperature difference so much between my warm arms, and the chilly mattress. my other suggestion is, if you haven't already, try starting a bedtime routine. i swear by the bedtime routine! we do milk, bath, soothing massage, pj's, then i rock him to sleep while singing. his bedtime will vary slightly from night to night, but the routine is always the same. having a firmly established routine is a gentle way to let a babe know that it is time for sleep, making bedtime a lot easier all around. the routine helped my son sleep for longer stretches, as well. the most important part is consistency.

as frustrating as i know it can be, sometimes you just have to look at it a little different: all she wants is to sleep with momma because momma makes her feel safe and loved. its very sweet if you look at it like that, and it always helped remind me to be a little more patient.

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