Please help!! My daughter is 4 months old and is having lots of issues sleeping at night. I give her a rice cereal and breast milk bottle before her bedtime. She is up 8-10+ times in a night. I am afraid to give her another rice ceral bottle because it is making her constipated. She nurses me until I am dry at night everythime she gets up. ANY suggestions would be so greatly appreaciated....Thank you

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Kelly - posted on 03/25/2009

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If you are dealing with a low milk supply, another helpful remedy I did was to take the herb fenugreek.  You take as many a day as it takes for your urine to smell like maple syrup, which was about 3 for me...I'm not kidding, it totally worked.  I was able to pump an extra ounce of milk at each pump and I smelled sweet to boot.

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Sarah - posted on 10/11/2015

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This is a 6 yo post, can we close it? The child in question is in kindergarten

Artemis - posted on 10/11/2015

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Babies magic tea did really a magic when I used it for my child. I recommend this product, it is highly efficient

Allison - posted on 03/27/2009

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I agree that grains might be causing more problems - and it's never a good idea to put cereal in a bottle for both oral-motor reasons, choking issues, and feeding issues (could cause texture aversion once you start other foods). Always feed baby with a spoon or allow baby to use his/her hands to feed him/herself.

It's normal for babies to wake a lot at night. Have you tried swaddling? You might find The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp (both a book and a video) very helpful.

Itsamystery - posted on 03/27/2009

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Babies go through a growth spurt at four months, so it's normal for them to want to nurse every couple of hours at this age. Bear with it; this too shall pass in a week or two.

I agree with others that you should stop giving cereal in her bottle, it could be giving her tummy pains and indigestion and having her up more than normal.

Is babywise the one where they cry themselves to sleep? I don't think crying to sleep teaches a baby to 'self soothe', it teaches the baby to give up on their caregiver responding to them. A four month old does not know how to manipulate you; they are crying for a reason - they need something. The best way to create happy, healthy and secure child is to respond consistently and quickly to their needs, both at night and during the day.

Goodluck, let us know how you go.

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I can honestly tell you that the rice is probably the culprit. Putting rice into a bottle is highly discouraged and recent research shows it does NOT help a baby sleep through the night. Infact, it causes stomach upset and colic. Also, Rice has no nutritional value and causes constipation (as you have discovered). If you want to give solids try fruits and veggies--this is the new "trend" or oatmeal. Breastmilk is really all baby needs until 6 mos anyway, then foods can be added.

Tabitha - posted on 03/26/2009

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I am currently reading "the no cry sleep solution" the one for infants and babies. What a wonderful book. If you are anything like me it will help. I don't agree with the let them cry approach, I think it's absolutely cruel. Try that book. It helps.

Sandra - posted on 03/25/2009

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I am in the exact same situation as you are, but my son was 6 months old on the 18th March...Since he was 2 months old he slept about 8-9 hours per night without waking me even once!!! But at 3 months EVERYTHING changed...he wakes up at least once every hour...I used to give him cereal, now I gave him Purity,  at 6:30, 7:00 his taking a bath, and 7:30 it's bed time for him...3 days before he turned 4 months, he got his first tooth, and 2 weeks later the second one...so I think the reason for him not sleeping is his teeth. I think his next one is on his way out! Or I hope so....If you  find ANYTHING that works for you, PLEASE let me know!!!Thanks.

Rhonda - posted on 03/25/2009

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I agree with Chrissy - we used Babywise from day one and it worked out great! My 8 week old baby is taking 3-4 naps during the day and sleeping 7-8 hours at night! What a relief - and it is nice knowing what she needs when and that she can put herself to sleep!



Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 03/25/2009

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My son is 4 months old, and he was doing the same thing. I talked to his gastrointerologist and she said he was confusing belly pain for hunger. The rice cereal can cause stomache cramps and constipation. She made 2 suggestions...1) change him to oatmeal cereal and 2) put him on baby calm (you can get it at a whole foods market). I followed her directions and after 48 hrs he began sleeping 9 hrs every night. He falls asleep at 7pm after his oatmeal cereal..wakes at 4am to nurse, and goes back to sleep until 8 or so...hope this helps.

Amanda - posted on 03/25/2009

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Thats exactly it Chrissy hit the nail on the head. Every baby needs a routine.

Beth (Parrish) - posted on 03/25/2009

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I would suggest stopping that rice cereal bottle- sounds like she's confusing bellyache with hunger-how much do you get when pumping? If your supply is low try to beef it up by eating oatmeal. Have you tried feeding her the cereal instead throughout the day? Our MD had us start cereal for our little one at 4 mo bc she was hungry and my milk obviously just wasn't doing the trick. We're now almost 8 months and finally getting to sleep through the night but I've started supplementing with formula (4oz bm to 2 oz formula)in an 8pm bottle- she has been sleeping until 4 or 5!

Lisa - posted on 03/25/2009

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She's probably in a grow spurt which requires her to feed more, hang in there, but you can try Gerber Barley stage 1 cereal with her night-time feeds. It helps baby to pass stools vs. constipate.

Chrissy - posted on 03/25/2009

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I just read a book that is amazing on how to get your baby to sleep through the night naturally. It's called "On Becoming Babywise" by Gary Ezzo and Robert Buckman. It basically says that you need to train your baby to sleep properly. If you get her into a flexible routine of feed, play, sleep, feed, play, sleep she will learn how to sleep properly. Most people do mix up the feed and the sleep (which I was doing too). It will probably take a few days but it's so worth it. Another key is to get her to nap properly during the day. She should be having 3 naps during the day and then down to 2 at 6 months. It's harder to get a little one to sleep when they're over tired and over stimulated. My little guy is almost 6 months but started sleeping 12 hours at night at 3 months. You shouldn't have to give her rice cereal before bed. Try reading the book, it has alot of proven studies done with breast fed and formula fed babies. I hope that helps. Good Luck!!!!

Rosemarie - posted on 03/25/2009

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Just some helpful questions: How is your diet? The new baby is definitely stressful so are you eating correctly? You need your milk to be as nutritious as possible - quality as opposed to quantity.  A balanced diet and LOTS of water is important for the nursing mom. I had a hard time remembering the water and I nursed for 18 mos.  I also avoided caffeine whenever possible to be sure that it didn't get passed to my son.  Also, maybe try not giving the rice cereal bottle at night. I know there are some thoughts that it will help the baby sleep, but on the other hand, the rice is a carbohydrate which will turn to sugar and it may be giving her energy. I have a Breastfeeding Resource Center near me in PA. Maybe you can check with your local hospital and see if there is something like that near you - they were EXTREMELY helpful to me. Good Luck!

Andrea - posted on 03/25/2009

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Will she take a binky? Can dad get up with her & try to get her bak down without nursing? Do you give her rice cereal other times during the day? Maybe it upsets her tummy. Most sleep doctors would say that solids do NOT make a baby sleep longer.



It's so hard to get up that much. I have a 3 month old & she wakes often- not that often, but often. My son woke every hour until he was 9 months old & then we let him cry it out- we always put him down asleep after rocking & rocking him & he woke because because he wanted us to hold him all night long. But, I think 4 months is too young for that kind of sleep training.

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