not sleeping..

Aley - posted on 09/24/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




so my lil one is 6 1/2 months and still isn't sleeping through the night.. he is breastfed and is waking up every 2-3 hours for a feed. but only has a little amount than back to sleep.

i dont know what to do to get him to sleep even just for longer hours..

can anyone help?


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Aley - posted on 09/25/2009




thanks ladies, i often do just end up bringing him to bed with me, he tends to sleep much better, and every second time he wakes i usually just give him his dummy, but if i put him in his cot (in our bedroom) he wont stay there, he'll wake up often.

i just dont want him always in our bed as he is getting bigger the space in our bed is getting less and less and he likes to spread out.

resulting to both my partner and i not having a good night sleep, and i need one desperatly!!

Kristi - posted on 09/24/2009




Have you tried feeding him rice cereal at bedtime? I know with my son (now 7 yrs) I started feeding him a small amount of cereal before bed because he too would not sleep through the night and wouldnt nurse for very long - his dr also recommended starting him on the cereal. After about a week he finally started sleeping longer. I also kept him awake as much as possible through the day, and making him take shorter naps so that he would actually be tired at night.

Kirsten - posted on 09/24/2009




he obviously isn't very hungry if he only has a little and goes back to sleep. sounds like he just wants it to sooth himself back to sleep. try a dummy instead, or if your against that just a cuddle and back to bed. it'll be tough for a while but he'll learn to self sooth. Not saying it will work, it just did for my son. :)

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Both of mine did the same thing. So I brought them to my bed and then they could nurse and I could sleep. It was a win win situation.

Minnie - posted on 09/24/2009




That's normal, and actually the biological course of breastfeeding and child development.

My 11 month old has never 'slept through' and still nurses about every hour or two during the night. She wakes mostly to pee and then nurses a bit back to sleep.

Bedsharing works wonders!

The above site has other wonderful commentaries written by Kathy Dettwyler, who is an anthropologist and professor of infant nutrition- they all basically explain infant development in the context of biology, the history of our species, and of that of all primates.

Ayme - posted on 09/24/2009




My LO (4 months) would fall asleep at the breast & often not feed enough to get her through the night. So I started pumping extra milk just for nights. At bedtime, I bottle feed her between 4-1/2 to 5 ozs. She drinks it faster, and she doesn't fall asleep. I have have to "force" her to drink it all, but I get as much in her as I can. Then I nurse her until she falls asleep, which usually doesn't take long. She sleeps 8 hours.

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