my 3.5 months old is up after every 1 or 1.5 hours for feed at night.?

Tabx - posted on 01/02/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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my 3.5 months old is up after every 1 or 1.5 hours for feed at night.he is EBF and at day time he doesnt require that frequent feedings. how can i make him sleep atleast for 3-4 hrs at nit.
p.s cant feed him in lay down position bcoz of too much spit up problem
help plz.

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Hannah - posted on 01/08/2013

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You definitely could be going through a growth spurt, they happen usually around 3, 4 months. Has this always been happening? Or is it just recent? Also, have you heard of the 4 month wakeful period/ sleep regression? It's very common for babies who have been "sleeping through the night" to wake up more frequently again around this time. They're just too stimulated and interested jn the world that they get very distracted during the day, especially at feeding times... So then they make up for it at night! Or... They simply just want to play or miss you!

Lori - posted on 01/04/2013

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Tabx - there are milk substitutions you can find at most grocery stores, and more available at health food stores. I use rice milk on my cereal in the mornings. Also available are almond milk, coconut milk, and flax milk. Soy milk is also an option... but many many baby's who have trouble with cow milk also have trouble with soy... so I wouldn't suggest switching to soy until you figure out if it is the dairy or not. Most of those milk substitutes are available at my local Kroger. Things like coconut milk "yogurt" are available at places like Whole Foods or Raisin Rack or Earth Fare. There are also cheese substitutes, and a decent one is dayia. They make cheddar, mozzarella, and pepper jack flavored dairy free "cheese". And especially at first, you'll need to really look at all the labels on all the food products you buy. You'd be surprised at how many things have milk in them. After a little while, you get more used to what does and does not contain milk. The link below is a great pdf on which words in ingredients lists mean "milk"

http://www.kellymom.com/store/freehandou...

Stephanie - posted on 01/04/2013

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My little one naps twice a day usually for 30 minutes on----e nap and over an hour the other. At night she goes to bed around 6pm, give or take 1/2 an hour. She sometimes wakes up three times a night, usually it's around 11, then 1 and then 3 or 4. Sometimes she only wakes up at 3 am and sometimes at midnight and then 4.
I usually feed her rice and broccoli at night and then something else like avocado or some of our dinner. She gets really hungry around 4 pm, so I usually give her a snack then and then dinner around 5:15.
I will try nursing her more during the day. She usually refuses, but I will offer it more. Thanks for your help, Lori. You're a seasoned pro

Tabx - posted on 01/04/2013

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Yeah we co sleep n during day time he naps max for 45 min to 1 hr , 4-5 times.
now tryng to feed him more during day lets see if it works :)
n lori wil try to act upon ur suggestion but wht shd i eat thn as i am EBFing so dfntly need much energetic diet?

Lori - posted on 01/03/2013

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If your baby is going longer stretches of no nursing during the day than at night, maybe trying to get baby to feed more often during the day could help. How long does your baby nap during the day? You could just try offering to nurse your baby every hour during the day for a day or two and see if that makes any sort of difference. It might, it might not. He may just be missing you at night time and waking when he realizes he is alone.

As for the spit up. Have you considered he may be reacting to something in your diet? The most common allergy/intolerance is to cow milk. But Soy, Peanuts, fish/shellfish, tree nuts, and wheat are also likely possibilities. Try cutting out all milk and milk products from your diet for 3 weeks. That would mean no milk, no cheese, no butter, no cream/sour cream, or anything made with any of those products. It's a challenge, especially at first, to alter your diet in this way. I had to do this with my LO. I resisted for quite a while, because no one in my family has any food allergies, and the symptoms seemed so minor. But when I cut out the dairy, boy did my LO start feeling better. And sleeping better. And less laundry to change from spit up/throw ups. Etc....

Stephanie - posted on 01/03/2013

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I stopped co-sleeping with my EBF baby at 4.5 months, the same time I introduced solids. She started sleeping through the night at 5 months and stopped at around 9 months. She is now 12 months and wakes 1-3 times at night to nurse. She also nurses before her naps and sometimes once in the evening. I want her to sleep through the night, who wouldn't want their baby to sleep for 8 hours in a row? But I can't stand to let her cry at night, when I know she wants to nurse. Why shouldn't I meet her needs, just because it's night time? The way I see it, she will stop waking to nurse at some point. And some day she won't want to nurse at all! I will cherish this time of nursing, even if it means getting up and out of bed at 3am. :)

Nichole - posted on 01/03/2013

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My baby is the same way except every once in a while we will go three to four hour stretches at night. I think that EBF babies are so acclimated to being held and cuddled that they wake for it in the night. Something someone told me was once your baby goes a certain period of time in the night without nursing then if they wake up the next night before that amount of time don't feed them. I think that works for some people, but last night when my daughter woke up about an hour after going down nursing her was the only thing that would get her back to sleep. We bought a swaddle from buy buy baby and we swaddle her waist down and that seems to help a little. I also think that you could try to nurse more frequently through the day so that she feels more full at night. I also have the spit up problem (prob the EBF thing). We bought a wedge and that has really helped with spit up. Also, I have noticed my daughter definitely wakes up a lot more when she is in the bed with me, but after getting up 5 times I can't help but just bring her in there around 4am. I know you probably feel so tired (like me), but a friend was telling me that her EBF baby never slept for long stretches through the night until 4 months so maybe it is around the corner:). Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 01/02/2013

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Your baby may be going through a growth spurt and he's more hungry. You could try feeding him more often during the day, especially in the few hours before bed time.
Are you co-sleeping? My baby would wake more often when she was sleeping with me because she could smell the milk. Also, she started to move around more at that age and I think she needed me to nurse her back to sleep.
I also had a problem with the spit up, lol I thought it was just my baby!. I ended up using a waterproof pad, after getting sick of washing the sheets everyday. Baby slept on one side of the bed and I slept on the other, so I put the pad under her, when she wanted to nurse I would scoot over to her and nurse then scoot back, also I didn't have to move her once she had fallen back to sleep.
I hope this helps you. Just know that babies wake at night and it is best to nurse your baby if he is hungry at night. Soon your baby will begin to self soothe. If you see him sucking his fingers at all, you could try letting him soothe himself to sleep. Good luck and I hope you can get some sleep!

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