Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Shelby | 2009-10-26


I need some sleep please!!

My three month old wakes 7-10 times a night. I am breastfeeding and pick him up, feed him whilst we are both lying down, then when he is drowsy, I lift him and put him back into his cot, until he wakes an hour later.

I intend exlcusively breastfeeding until he is 5 months old, but wondered if there is something else I can do to get him to sleep longer than hour intervals?

Expert's Reply



I want to encourage you to continue breastfeeding your baby, but he is waking up far too frequently. He seems to be hungry for some reason despite feeding well.Possible solutions are to supplement with a formula especially at night. Lactogen would be a good choice as he seems to be a hungry baby. Another possible solution even though he is still rather young is to start him on a bit of cereal now such as a rice cereal twice day.

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Posted by: SAM | 2009-10-27

Hi my baby also woke up at least 9 times a night - when I put him on formula from 4 months it didn' t make a difference. It got better as he got older and he only slept through at 14 months. Now he sleeps very well. We have him in a very strict routine from when things settled down after birth - and I think it makes a huge difference today. He went to sleep at 7 EVERY night - still does without ever complaining. Good luck!!! I promise it will get better eventually and you learn to cope without many sleep. We went to bed at 8 in those days....

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Posted by: Stella | 2009-10-26

I can also think that maybe your breast milk isn' t enough for your little one.Maybe you should considder giving some ekstra formula with the breast milk.Just some advice from another mother..

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Posted by: Beez | 2009-10-26

Sorry to but in I know this is menat for the paed.

sounds like your little one is going through a growth spurt so after a week or so he should be sleeping a bit longer... until the next growth spurt... LOL!!!

I went through the same and just went through another growth spurt for about 3 days with my lb now 7 months... it' s normal... also breastfed babies tend to need more feeds because breast milk digests quicker than formula so they feed more often...

usually formula fed babies sleep longer... (just my opinion)

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