Need advice on sleeping/nighttime feeds!

Jacky - posted on 06/17/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




Hello moms,
My daughter is 4 weeks and I am exclusively breastfeeding. Some nights she does great sleeping in her crib waking every 2-4 hours to feed then goes back to sleep. Most nights though she is up every 45 mins to hour and a half eating, puking, and not going back down. She refuses to sleep anywhere but my chest. I dont like this because then I dont sleep and I know she is not sleeping well. Any advice on what we can try? She also takes a pacifier here and there.


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Anna - posted on 06/19/2012




You need to feed a breastfeeding baby on demand if you want her to grow properly and your milk supply to meet her demand. All I can suggest is co-sleeping, it's truly a life-saver. You'll learn to sleep through her feedings and her waking up to nurse will barely bother you.

Lori - posted on 06/18/2012




I agree with Celeste, you could Side-Car your crib with your bed if that works for your both. There are numerous video's and instructions on how to do it. I like this site on how to do it:

But you mention that your baby is up eating, puking and not going back down. Spit up for a baby is normal. Puking is not. It's a sign of some sort of issue. It could be reflux, or it could be a food sensitivity. And if it's reflux... it could be caused by a food sensitivity. The most common foods that babies are sensitive to are: cow's milk products, soy, wheat, corn, eggs, and peanuts. You should read the info on this page from the KellyMom website on food sensitivities.

Celeste - posted on 06/18/2012




She's only 4 weeks old. IMO, the waking often is pretty typical of a newborn. She still needs to nurse throughout the night. Can you try cosleeping? Or another idea..Darn it, I can't think of the name.. Basically, you can put your crib against your bed to make it one sleeping surface, if you don't feel comfortable with bedsharing.

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