My baby has eating and sleeping problems, HELP!

Kelsey - posted on 01/26/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Okay, so my daughter used to sleep through night. As a newborn she didnt even wake up that often and eventually she slept through the night untill maybe about 3 months. Since then she wakes up every 2 hours and she is now 5 1/2 months old. I am basically to the point where I am used to it but I would really like to get some advice so that I can sleep! I am breastfeeding exclusively and nursing is pretty much what gets her to go back to sleep. But during the day she goes longer than 2 hours so I am not sure what is waking her up. It could possibly be the teething but usually she just makings little grunts (no crying unless I wait too long to go get her) and when peek my head into her crib she gives me a "mommy! lets play!" look. Thankfully, she will go back to sleep as soon as I nurse her, but this have been going on for months now and I thought her habits would change by now. I have tried rice cereal at night, skipping the evening nap, letting her sleep in our bed, letting her cry, ect! But it's still always the waking up every 2 hours!

Also- my daughter is a really great breastfeeder, she always has been. I worked and went to school for awhile and she would take bottles of breastmilk while I was gone. There was about a month, though, where I never left her so she was exclusively breastfed. Now that Im going to classes again, she wont take a bottle all of a sudden! She doesnt reject it exactly, she just wont eat! She will suck a little bit and then just play with it. At first I thought my milk had gone bad because it had a distinct smell so I made sure to leave freshly pumped milk. But sure enough, she just didnt seem interested in eating any of it. I am frustrated because she used to take a bottle just fine, and I worry that she doesnt eat while I am gone.

So all you mommies out there, any advice on helping a 5 month old sleep through the night and take a bottle?

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I agree that she may be reverse cycling (eating more at night because she's too busy during the day). You can try offering the breast more frequently during the day. A note about sleep: baby's sleep habits change very frequently, especially in the first year. What's happening now may nor be what's happening in a few weeks. My daughter had several phases of sleeping though and then waking frequently. Unfortunately for me, she was waking frequently much more often. I also agree to try the sippy cup or even a regular cup. Some BF babies that I've cared for will take a bottle from someone else, but not mom. Others would take a bottle better from us if mom left the shirt she slept in. We would throw it over our shoulder and baby could smell her.

Lise - posted on 01/26/2011

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Kellymom.com also has a ton of "alternative feeding methods" that will help with the bottle.

Lise - posted on 01/26/2011

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For sleep, we co-sleep so we both "sleep through the night." :)

You're in a very distractable age - lots of babies don't eat as well during the day as they do at night. SOO common. No advice to help her sleep through the night, but there are ways you can sleep better (for us and a lot of parents I know, bedsharing helps a lot).

There are alternates to bottles. At 5 months, I'd try a sippy cup.

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