Sleep/eat Schedule - How did it work for you?

Allison - posted on 04/20/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Ok so my daughter is 3 months old. I did not put her on any kind of schedule at all. I feed her whenever she was hungry and she slept whenever through the day, which I will admit was not much (maybe a full hour through 4-5 different naps). At night she was an angle only getting up once or twice but going to bed at 8pm and up and ready to play by 6am. So total sleep for 24 hours was around 9-10 hours when she should be getting 12 or more. However she started a breathing problem in her sleep - she stopped breathing completely. After several DR visits and a few ER visits, they came to the conclusion she was not sleeping enough. They made me put her on a schedule of eating 3-4 ounces every 4 hours. She now sleeps a lot during the day, but is up 5 or more times every night. She also lost 1.3 pounds on this and turned into a very fussy cranky baby all the time(Did this for about a week). So still trying to stick to a schedule I put her at 5-6 ounces ever 3 hours. I think I made it worse. She still lost half a pound on this as well. On day 6 of this new schedule and now she does not nap but twice during the day for 20 minutes or less, and is up (what seems to me) all night long. Yesterday I had many things to do and could not stick to her schedule, but she took 3 naps all over 30 minutes, and slept through the WHOLE NIGHT! I will admit her breathing during sleep has gotten much better but I am debating on if I should go back to the schedule or not now. Did you start a schedule late, and if so how did it work for you? I need all the advice I can get - PLEASE!

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"At birth she was 8 pounds and at her 2 month she was 11, but they told me she is over weight."

Who are her doctors?? I have never heard such BS in my life! 11lbs is not "overweight" for 2 months old.

Now she is losing weight? FEED HER when she wants!

Honestly, I still don't understand what you're saying. I don't know why doctors would put her on a restrictive feeding schedule to help her breath better. I also don't understand how not getting enough sleep would cause breathing problems. Is there a name for the condition your doctors tell you she has?

What's going on?

Allison - posted on 04/21/2011

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See that is the problem. I don't believe this schedule will help her. I think she has sleep apnea, and through my research she has all the signs for it too, the the damn DR (been through 3 of them) will not test her or even listen to her sleeping until I have tried this schedule. We have another appt. on the 28th and 30th. (2 different DRs). The best I can describe the breathing is she takes in a big deep breath then the next not so deep, and so on till she then stops and misses about3-5 breaths. She start turning a little blue then you hear a big gasp of air, then it starts all over again. She is 100% fine while awake. I say she shes not getting enough sleep because she stops breathing, they say she stops breathing because she is not getting enough sleep. This argument has been going on for a month now, which is why she is seeing 2 DRs right now, hoping I can get her tested. Even though NO ONE has listen to her sleeping (even though I have audio and video recording's to show them too) they all have said she for sure does not have sleep apnea. I gave up for my daughter sake and I am trying it there way but I am having trouble with this schedule. She really didn't eat the same amount any given day. Some days she would eat 12 ounces all day, some days she went through almost 30. At birth she was 8 pounds and at her 2 month she was 11, but they told me she is over weight. If you look at her she has not a roll or a belly (which I think all babys should have, plus I think it is cute.) Before this schedule she was 14 pounds, and now she is around 11.5 and will be turning 4 months here soon.

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Can you give more details about her condition?



Why would not getting enough sleep cause breathing problems, or how would putting her on a feeding schedule help with sleeping and/or breathing?



How much does she eat when she's not on a schedule? Is it more or less?



At 3 months old, babies typically go through a big growth spurt. I'm surprised your doctor would restrict her feedings, unless it was a matter of feeding her MORE.

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