Another Lseep Issues

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LisaB - May 21

My ds is 6 months old and still nursing 2x a night his ped said no more so I am trying to cut it down to once then cut him off. Last night ds went to bed at 6:45 woke up to nurse at 12 then woke up screaming at 1:20, 2:00 3:30 and I caved and nursed when he woke up again around 4. We used the cry it out to get to sleep and use it when he wakes up during the night but last night he was screaming like when he gets his shot so I am thinking hes hurting but as soon as I nursed boom back to sleep. What do I do? Am beyond stressed.

 

nic nac - May 21

LisaB, is your son on a regular feeding schedule? does he take b___stmilk in a bottle at all? does he wake up at the same time every night to eat? Is he on solids? I can give you better advice if you can answer these questions.

 

LisaB - May 21

He is on a pretty regular feeding schedule after waking in the am around 6 we have cereal and fruit then bf he'll then nap around 8- 8:30. Bf at 11-1130 then his 2nd nap. He'll nurse again before 3 when he takes his third nap. Nurse again around 5 and then cereal and veggie for dinner followed by story time and a bath then nurse again before bed. So bf about 5-6 times a day and 2x at night, he only nurses for about 5-10 on one side at a time he will not nurse longer or take both sides. He also will not take a bottle. I also try solids around lunch time but he will doesn't eat enough to even consider it a feeding. Maybe a bite if I'm lucky. At night he wakes up at almost the same time which makes me think its habit. Thanx for your help

 

nic nac - May 30

I just realized I hadn't responded to you in a week. Sorry. Yes it seems like habitual waking to me. My dd used to wake at 3 am every night and I would feed her. Then I realized it was out of habit and I increased her caloric intake during the day and when she woke up at 3 I didn't give her a bottle. She went right back to sleep so I knew it was a habit. Try to put him back to sleep with a paci or some other method. If he does fine without a feed then you know it's definitely habitual. My dd is bottle fed and is on a 4 hour schedule. A half hour before bed i would feed her a bottle, then at 11 pm I would dream feed her (take her out of the crib and feed her while she is sleeping, she doesn't wake up). I also increased her formula per bottle from 4oz to 5 or 6. The dream feed is only recommended until 7 months so if you are near the 7 month age maybe you can just increase his feeding during the day by a few minutes so he can get more bm. Whatever amount he is getting during the nighttime feed, give it to him during the day. Since I don't bf anymore, I don't have specifics on how to increase the amount of bm. But the jist of it is to increase the bm intake during the day and when he wakes at night don't feed him. BTW, my dd still wakes up once in the night but it's not because of hunger so I am working on trying to get her back to sleep on her own. Let me know how things work out. Good luck.

 

LisaB - May 30

I thought it was maybe out of habit seeing as though its at the same time but if he wakes at say midnight and I don't feed him he will be up every hour or half hour cry and put himself back to sleep which now makes me think maybe he is hungry. Ugh!! What to do????

 

kimberley - May 31

Sounds like he is getting enough calories during the day and doesn't need that night feeding. What I did with all of mine was not feed, but I used the paci.....it only took a couple of nights and they all slept through after that. If you continue to feed during the night, he will keep waking. Of course...if they are not getting enough calories during the day, due to reflux or similar, than you must continue with the night feeds. Babies are very smart...lol.....Good luck, I am sure in a few nigts you will both be sleeping a full night.

 

nic nac - June 1

LisaB, if he wakes up at midnight you should feed him but if he wakes up after that he shouldn't need a feeding. You could make your dream feed at 12 midnight. Try the paci if he wakes up after midnight.

 

LisaB - June 1

We have gone to a 1 am feeding and then sometimes around 5:30 I know I shouldn't then but it buys me about 1-2 hrs more of zzzss!!

 

LisaB - June 1

thank you

 

nic nac - June 1

LisaB, it seems like things are getting better. If he can sleep from 1 to 5:30 without a feed then you know he's not waking up from hunger. Now you should slowly give him more food before 1 am. A 5:30 feeding isn't bad. Once you have a good routine of not feeding him in the middle of the night you will probably have to figure out how to teach him to sleep on his own which is the problem I am having now.

 

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