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I seriously think that it has to do with luck, and each baby is different. Our baby is 2 months today, and has been sleeping more than 5 hour stretches since when he has been back to birth weight at about 5 days old.
He now sleeps from about 8 pm to 5:30 am. He cluster feed in the evening and the morning, and we swaddle him to sleep. He usually falls asleep at the breast, and I try waking him to do a full feed, before we put him in bed for the night. We tried putting him to sleep later to have him sleep later in the morning, but it did not work. Best of luck, I wish I could be more helpful with tips!
mslynn2012:DS is 11 weeks and EBF and the longest stretch I get is 3.5 hours. I am so jealous of everyone in this post!!!
I'm glad I'm not the only one! One time I got 4 hours and now I'm lucky to get 3! And DS weighed 11.8 at 6 weeks. Everyone kept telling me once he hit ten pounds he'd sleep through the night! Lies, all lies!
maymomNY:I am under the impression that is totally normal and to be expected after a conversation with my pediatrician and from speaking with other moms.nbsp;
Some strategies do work, especially when babies get a little older, but ultimately, it depends on the baby! My first son didn't sleep longer than 1 1/2-2 hours for 10 months and he was formula fed! Needless to say I am happy with the 3-5 hours I get with this boy and he is breastfed! It is just so hard being sleep deprived, but it will happen and it will be wonderful!
I thought the same thing the other day that I could not believe that some babies were sleeping 7, 8, 9, 10 hours! Amazing! Then I realized that my son is still younger and really it is quite normal for babies to still be waking up for middle of the night feedings. He obviously needs it since he gulps away and usually gets a full feed. Your baby will not do this forever!