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Old 11-14-2012, 11:27 PM   #11
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Why would it be nursing all night long if she is only waking at 11/12 and then again at 4/5? Thats 2 feeds. She may need them (growth spurt, comfort etc)

Personally I would do the 2 feeds, in her room then put her back in bed.

But if thats not what your looking for then I dont have advice. Seems your only option then is letting her cry it out.

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Old 11-14-2012, 11:36 PM   #12
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I just think she needs her Mama! She's probably not feeling good and it's her comfort.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:56 PM   #13
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Re: Need sleep advice, if you breastfeed but dont co sleep (or didnt)

I've always had to send DH in to do the nighttime soothing if I was still nursing. If I went in my kids expected to eat and would refuse to go back to sleep until they did.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:23 AM   #14
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Re: Need sleep advice, if you breastfeed but dont co sleep (or didnt)

Would you be willing to try cutting out the 4am feed first, instead of the midnight one?
Might be that her belly is fuller from meals at bedtime, but has more room for the midnight feed?
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:56 AM   #15
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Re: Need sleep advice, if you breastfeed but dont co sleep (or didnt)

I second sending in DH (maybe with some water) - you smell like milk, so even if she's not actually hungry, she wants it. With him, she knows he doesn't have any milk, but he can still cuddle her and stuff. That's how we night weened DS - DH did all the night wakenings for 3-4 days, and after that he slowly stopped waking up.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:22 PM   #16
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I second sending in DH (maybe with some water) - you smell like milk, so even if she's not actually hungry, she wants it. With him, she knows he doesn't have any milk, but he can still cuddle her and stuff. That's how we night weened DS - DH did all the night wakenings for 3-4 days, and after that he slowly stopped waking up.
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Good point.


I'm not sure how to multi quote, but here's what we did last night:

Feed 630/bed feed 1030 (woke up on her own) feed 430, then woke up at 830, and wouldn't really nurse. She is really busy now that she can walk well. I'm trying to nurse as much during the day, but I'm not sure I'm making enough, it takes a long time for milk to let down. I might be pmsing. Not sure what our next action plan will be. I think we are going to try an earlier bedtime. She is barely napping now that she's walking and I think she could be overtired.


Thanks for all of your help and thoughts. What do babies do who are weaned off formula and BM? How long can they go without eating?
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:10 PM   #17
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Re: Need sleep advice, if you breastfeed but dont co sleep (or didnt)

I third sending in DH. My little guy is significantly younger than yours, but he expects to eat if he sees me and will give me the "oh-no-you-didn't" look if I just try to do back patting and singing. But DH can get away with it.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:48 PM   #18
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Re: Need sleep advice, if you breastfeed but dont co sleep (or didnt)

Having same issues. Hope some of this advice helps. I'll be trying it too. Good luck!
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