sleepless night

Leanne - posted on 12/10/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have a 5week old that wakes every 2hours for a feed (i breastfeed), any advice on trying to get my little boy to sleep longer during the night.

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Belen - posted on 11/18/2015

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Give your child babies magic tea and also drink yourself to pass through your milk supply. Your baby will sleep through the night.

April - posted on 12/11/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

When your baby gets a little older you can express some milk in a bowl and add a little rice cereal to it. This may keep your baby full a little longer and you more sleep. Don't make it to thick though.


 



 



Actually, this is not true. Adding rice cereal to your baby's diet will not make him sleep longer at night. Also, rice cereal is mostly empty calories and has little nutritional value. Why give your baby something that isn't going to help him sleep and doesn't even have much nutrition? Plus, anytime you give your baby something other than breastmilk prior to 6 months, he/she is taking that much less breast milk...thus, you may be setting yourself up for a lower milk supply in the future.

Naomi - posted on 12/11/2009

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I remember week 5, that was the worst week for me. Because my little boy got up every hour and a half to two hours. For me relief came at 6 1/2 weeks. Thats when he started sleeping at least 4 hours straight the first time I laid him down. He is now 9 weeks and he sleeps 4-7 hours straight the first time i lay him down the he is up every two hours after that. It doesn't seem like much more sleep, but believe me it is. Hopefully your little man will start sleeping longer soon. And I exclusively breastfeed.
Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 12/11/2009

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When your baby gets a little older you can express some milk in a bowl and add a little rice cereal to it. This may keep your baby full a little longer and you more sleep. Don't make it to thick though.

Minnie - posted on 12/10/2009

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This is normal. Human milk digests very quickly and at his age he's going to need to feed frequently.

My experience has been quite similar to April's- in the beginning the frequent waking DOES coincide with fairly long nursing sessions- but this doesn't last forever. My nearly 14 month old wakes typically every two hours, sometimes even more frequently, to nurse, but she nurses for only about five minutes and is back off to sleep.

Sleeping through the night, waking and putting oneself back to sleep without help from mother is something that happens only when a child is developmentally ready to. Some do from birth. Some do, and then begin waking frequently later. Some don't until four years of age. All situations are normal, and it's best to be sensitive to your own baby's needs and follow his cues.

April - posted on 12/10/2009

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he is only 5 weeks old...my advice is to keep feeding him on demand if you are planning to breast feed for at least one year. the more you nurse the stronger your milk supply will be.



my own son is 11 months old and still gets up every 2 to 3 hours to nurse. as your son gets older...he will become more and more skilled at bfing and those night time nursing sessions may only last 5 minutes at a time. It is NOT the same as nursing for an hour at 2 am when they are newborns. It's not as hard and you will get used to it.

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