Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Tired Mom | 2012-11-14


Baby doesn''t settle!

My baby boy is 12 weeks old. He is exclusively breastfed.

Unfortunately, he does not seem able to go longer than 3 hours between feeds during the day and 4 hours between feeds at night.

He also does not settle when it''s sleep time. I have done everything that the books are telling me to, but he is not able to sleep for longer than 45 minutes at the most, and generally wakes up every 15 minutes. When he is awake, he is not too content either. Night times are a bit better, with him sleeping for about 90 minute stretches.

Any ideas on what can be done or what the possible causes are?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted by: Tired Mom | 2012-11-16

Thanks for the response. I am feeding on demand, but was hoping to have him space his feeds a bit further apart, as I am returning to work soon and he will have to have expressed milk then. Oh well, 3 hours it is then. He is doing a bit better than his sister, as she fed every 2 hours 24/7 until 5 months!

Is 3 hours the norm during the night then too?

A few days of complete rest sounds amazing right now, but with a 3 year old in the mix, just isn''t an option. I''m just hoping that he will realise that sleep actually isn''t such a bad thing after all!

Thanks again.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-11-16

Jungle juice may give you energy, but so would sugar water. It can cause thrush on your nipples and in baby''s mouth which causes pain for you both, so its best avoided.

If you''re exhausted, climb into bed with baby for a day or two and just feed and sleep. Keep nappy changing things close by and have your juice or water and snacks close and set up for a few days of complete rest.

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Posted by: T | 2012-11-15

And let me also add, I don''t know if you have heard of " Jungle Juice" , ask at dischem and they will tell you about it, I found that it gave me lot''s of energy!

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Posted by: T | 2012-11-15

Hi, I had the same problem with my baby. I was also exclusevely breastfeeding ( she is seven months now) andI have found that " feeding on demand"  was the only thing that made her happy. Breastmilk is digested quickly, so the baby gets hungry soon. I was getting many different opinions, like feed the baby every 3 hours, but for my baby it was just not enough. So my advise would be to give him breast when he seems hungry, it also soothes the baby. Good luck!

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-11-15

How frustrating for you. Unfortunately many baby books just seem to make mothers doubt themselves.

Your baby''s behaviour is normal for a breastfed baby. Breastmik is digested wihtin about 90 minutes, so most breastfed babies will go about 2 - 3 hours between feeds at most, though occassionally some go a little longer. Just as adults don''t eat the same amount at the same times and in the exact same time frames - neither do babies.

Have you been in contact with La Leche League? I" ve had huge help from them - they''re very supportive and the leaders are very knowledgeable on breastfeeding and share information happily.

At this age some babies want to sleep after a feed and others want to be up and about and playing a bit. Babies have different personalities. If you''ve fed baby and baby is sleepy but won''t settle, pop baby back on the breast again - many moms find that this helps - as the breast is a mothering tool, not just for meals.

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