breastfeeding and sleeping through the night

Cara - posted on 09/07/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 7 months. She is a great eater. She nurses about 6 or so times a day and eats 2-3 meals each day. If the milk is expressed she takes 6-8+ ounces per feeding. I am having a HUGE problem with her sleeping at night tho. She is as bad as a newborn. She wakes every 1-3 hours to feed. I have tried giving her expressed milk with some baby cereal mixed in, I have tried giving her formula at night, I've tried giving her a bigger dinner. Nothing helps. I am so exhausted from not getting any sleep. At first I thought maybe it was just a growth spurt but it's been about 2 months and it isn't getting any better. I don't think switching to formula is the answer since i've tried doing formula at nights and it doesn't help AND she spits formula up. Anyone have any suggestions or anyone else having the same problem with their BF baby?

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Happy - posted on 09/08/2011

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My 14 monther wakes twice a night to nurse. She is also a cat napper during the day. My oldest daughter and my son are sleepers, baby is not. *sigh* I can sleep when she's grown, I say! LOL This time will not last. Actually I do manage to get an average night's sleep becasue we bed share. She's almost to the self serve point.

Cara - posted on 09/07/2011

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I've actually been wondering if her cutting teeth is the problem. She has one that is right at the surface and ready to pop thru. I think it started as a growth spurt but then once that was over her lil teeth started trying to come in. I know it's not uncommon for BF babies to wake more often than formula fed babies at night but not quite this bad. lol My LO did the same thing. she went from waking 0-1 times a night to feed to now waking every 1-3 hours. Hopefully her tooth will come thru soon. Thanks for your help!!

Michelle - posted on 09/07/2011

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My daughter was sleeping through the night at 5 months and then around 7 she started getting up every 1- 3 hours because she was teething. Ever since then she's up nursing all night when she's cutting new teeth and sleeping when she's not. It's just a comfort thing. All the formula and cereal in the world is not going to help if that's the case. It can take longer for a breastfed baby to sleep through the night as well. I don't know what else to tell you except hang in there and she'll grow out f it. My daughter is 9 months, is getting a new tooth and has been up every hour for the past couple of days. It will get better.

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