April 2013 Moms

BF moms...nights?

Just wondering what the nights are like for those who are breast feeding. Right now my LO eats around 10 pm and then goes down til around 2:30, then back down and is up again at 5:30 or 6 to eat. He then is up until his long morning nap.

He sleeps in the Rock and play but sometimes I will pull him in bed with me for that MOTN feeding and he just stays there.

I'm wondering if BF babies ever start sleeping through that MOTN feed? If so, does your milk supply adjust okay? I'm so tired. I would love to have hope that someday soon I will get to sleep a whole five hours in a row.
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  • Every breastfed baby is different.  DD goes down around 7 in the RnP or crib (both in our room for now) and wakes up around 12, at which point I go to bed and just take her to bed with me.  The rest of the night is a blur of me sometimes sleeping with both breasts out and just alternating as needed.  DS was the same way, except he started the night in our bed.

    DS nursed occasionally until about 2w after DD was born.   For him, he mostly stopped waking for the MON feed/s around 18-ish months.  Your body will adjust just fine.  I think more babies than not tend to drop MON feeds earlier, but I'm not completely sure.  It also depends on if and when you want to do "night weaning," but I don't think that's recommended until about 6-ish months (someone please correct me on this).

    I feel like I haven't gotten more than a couple hours stretch a night since DS was born, and I guess you just get used to it... I've just adjusted my expectations :/ 

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  • Well the 3 mo growth spurt has changed everything but my LO would go to sleep around 9pm and sleep until 2, 3, or 4 and them go back down for another two hours after a feeding. At first your bresat get engorged, hurt and feel like big rocks! But if u do nothing they will adjust. I always pumped at midnight to release myself and build up a supply stash. I am glad I did becuz my LO's STTN isn't routine enough that I would want my supply to adjust.

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    DS usually eats around 9 and takes a short nap until 11. He'll eat again and then usually sleep until 4 or 5, 6 if I'm lucky. He goes back down after that feeding and eats again around 8. I feel pretty lucky that he's a good sleeper.
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  • This is just about exactly the way my LO behaves.  Though he did have two nights in a row sleeping through the night!!  My boobs were about to explode, but the extra sleep was nice. 
  • My ds1 who I bf until he was 18 months slept from 66 at 6 months old after sleep training and we almost never had to do a MOTN feeding. Your boobs will adjust in three days to what ever schedule your LO decides.
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    My ds1 who I bf until he was 18 months slept from 66 at 6 months old after sleep training and we almost never had to do a MOTN feeding. Your boobs will adjust in three days to what ever schedule your LO decides.


    What sleep training did u follow?

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    Oh, my breasts were engorged the first time he slept for 5 or 6 hours but they adjusted pretty quickly. My supply never suffered.
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    Beauty- your sig pictures are great!  

    Every baby is different... DS didn't STTN until we night weaned at about 9 months - still woke up for paci/comforting for another month.  DD is already STTN consistently. My boobs tend to be engorged in the morning, but no leaking over night thankfully.  You adjust. And you will get sleep again eventually. :). Did your twins STTN early? 

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  • As PPs noted, every baby is so different even is they're the same sex and are both bf'd. My DS1 didn't consistently STTN until he was 1 yrs old. I was a zombie! My DS2, now 11 weeks, has been STTN with 910 hr stretches since he was 2 weeks old. Since then he has maybe woken up a handful of times at 2 or 3. It's like night and day between my two boys. The first was highneeds and colicky and this one is so chill and easy.

    My boobs were miserable for a few days, but then were fine overnight. I still am really full in the morning and am anxious for him to eat or to pump to relieve pressure, but they aren't completely engorged anymore.
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  • DS will sleep 5 to 6 hours at night before waking to eat. I have no issues with my milk. BF babies can STTN. Once they get over 3 months, you'll see they can sleep longer than 5 hours
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  • Currently ds3 goes down around 8pm, wakes at about 3am, eats in about 10 min and goes back down. He often wakes around 5am.and if I can feed him before he gets to wide awake he will sleep another 2 hrs.

    My ds2 was bf until 15 months, and he never got rid of that 3am feeding until I stopped nursing. Not b/c he was hungry, but just for the closeness, I think. I could have let him CIO, but I just didn't want to.

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  • DD eats around 9 sleep around 10 then up 5 and awake for awhile then 7:30 or so. She still sometimes wakes around 2.
    The first few times she slept through the 2 I woke up in pain and soaked. I pumped before bed at 11 to help the transition. After a few weeks I didn't need to pump and I'm fine. Everything adjusted. And it's still fine if she is hungry at 2 or sleeps.
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    Beauty your sig pictures are great! nbsp;Every baby is different... DS didn't STTN until we night weaned at about 9 months still woke up for paci/comforting for another month. nbsp;DD is already STTN consistently. My boobs tend to be engorged in the morning, but no leaking over night thankfully. nbsp;You adjust. And you will get sleep again eventually. :. Did your twins STTN early?nbsp;


    Thank you!! I didn't breast feed my twins this long, so by this time they were FF and yes, sleeping all night! I'm so so happy to be EBFing LO, but I do miss the sleep haha!
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  • DS is 15 weeks and started STTN two weeks ago. He goes to bed around 9 and wakes up between 5 and 6. My body hasn't adjusted yet and I have to pump in the am to get comfortable. I had mastitis week 2 so I am being extra cautious about getting any lumps out ASAP.
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  • DS sleeps from 10 to 6 most nights. Sometimes he'll get up at 4 or 5 but go back down. If he waits until 6 he's up for the day. He's done this for a while and I still wake up very full.
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  • We do the last feeding at 9. She goes down and gets up around 4:30 though the past 3 nights she's been sleeping until 6ish.
  • I nurse my daughter to sleep around 8pm and she'll usually want to eat again around 4am and then go back to sleep.

    Now, if I actually went to sleep when she does, that would mean a full eight hours, but instead I stay up and do really important things like watch a wide array of junk on Netflix. 

    She's up again at around 8am and if I can get her on the boob before she's really up, then she'll fall back to sleep until around 9:30am. All in all, not too bad.

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  • My 12 week old is pretty consistent with a few exceptions. He's in bed asleep by 11pm, wakes between 3 and 4 to eat, back asleep until 530 or 6, off and on sleep until 7 and then he's awake and ready to start the day.
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    image Jillibean68:
    My 12 week old is pretty consistent with a few exceptions. He's in bed asleep by 11pm, wakes between 3 and 4 to eat, back asleep until 530 or 6, off and on sleep until 7 and then he's awake and ready to start the day.


    Sounds like us.
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  • image BeautyfromAshes:
    Just wondering what the nights are like for those who are breast feeding. Right now my LO eats around 10 pm and then goes down til around 2:30, then back down and is up again at 5:30 or 6 to eat. He then is up until his long morning nap. He sleeps in the Rock and play but sometimes I will pull him in bed with me for that MOTN feeding and he just stays there. I'm wondering if BF babies ever start sleeping through that MOTN feed? If so, does your milk supply adjust okay? I'm so tired. I would love to have hope that someday soon I will get to sleep a whole five hours in a row.

    My schedule is still pretty much like yours. My LO is almost 13 weeks. Missing that extra sleep too.

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    My 12 week old is pretty consistent with a few exceptions. He's in bed asleep by 11pm, wakes between 3 and 4 to eat, back asleep until 530 or 6, off and on sleep until 7 and then he's awake and ready to start the day.


    This sounds like us too.
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  • Yeah, every baby for sure is going to be different. DD1 started sttn at 2 weeks, 6 to 8 hours and after a few weeks, the overnight engorgement went away. DD2, on the other hand, will be 11 weeks tomorrow and still wakes up about every 3 to 4 hours, with the occasional 6 hour stretch thrown in. I can't wait until that becomes the norm!
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  • DS regularly sleeps 8 - 10 hours at night now, and has slept that long for roughly 2 - 3 weeks.  Before that he'd sleep 7 or 8, and prior to that 6 or 7.  You get the point.  As he started sleeping longer I'd wake up really engorged - but adjusted after a few days.  Now if he wakes up earlier than usual (or when I do to check on him or something) I'm not very full, but still have plenty to satisfy him easily.
  • Like pp's said every BFing baby is different. I BFed James until he was one and he woke to nurse until he was 10 months. He nursed and ate solids like it was his job, great napper, he just wasn't ready to STTN before then. I tried some gentle sleep training but CIO isn't really my style. As he dropped feedings, my supply adjusted. You might have some engorgement at first but as a baby settles into a new routine, your body will adjust and know it doesn't need to make that milk any more.
    Anna wakes 2 to 3 times a night, she has STTN three times but is not right now. I have learned not to stress about night wakings any more because babies change their "norms" so frequently, and at this point if she is waking then there is good reason. Eventually she will sleep longer when she is ready.
    This article was posted on my FB yesterday and I thought it was really interesting http://breastfeedchicago.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/5coolthingsnooneevertoldyouaboutnighttimebreastfeeding/
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  •  ^^I'll make that a clicky link. I saw it on FB yesterday, too, and it's a really, really good article!

    http://breastfeedchicago.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/5coolthingsnooneevertoldyouaboutnighttimebreastfeeding/ 

     

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  • Somewhere between 83010 she falls asleep for the night. Around midnight2 she awakes to eat and then again at 56. She sleeps in her crib which is sidecar to the bed.
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     ^^I'll make that a clicky link. I saw it on FB yesterday, too, and it's a really, really good article!

    http://breastfeedchicago.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/5coolthingsnooneevertoldyouaboutnighttimebreastfeeding/ 

     

    thanks! I was on my phone and couldn't make it clicky. 

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  • My DS will be 3months on Wednesday, I EBF, and he now STTN. Around eight weeks he got down to one MOTN feed between 3 and 4 am. That gradually moved back, and now he sleeps from about 9pm until 7am. We count ourselves exceedingly lucky! He does tend to cluster feed in the evenings and do a marathon nurse right before bed... I just follow his cues. Since his feeding gradually moved back, my body was able to,adjust, but I do feel petty full first thing in the morning. Good luck and know that it will happen eventually... Every baby is different!
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    Marley isn't very scheduled but I'm hoping to give her a little more structure once our crazy traveling is over (next week). Right now she goes to bed for good between 9-10ish and sleeps until about 6ish, then goes back to sleep until 9-10. 
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  • I feed my dd at 9 and then put her to sleep and she sleeps until 630am. This has been her s schedule since 10 weeks and I still wake up engorged. But the engorgement isn't as bad as it use to be.
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