My lo is 4months old and is a big guy at 18lbs 4oz. When we first brought him home he slept 6 hours at night and I was told that was normal. That didn't last long and soon he was waking up every 45min! During this time it was tough and I almost quit. I stuck it out and before I knew it my little guy was doing 7-9 hours a night. From 10:30pm-to whenever. I was blessed with this sleep pattern for a month and it was bliss. My breast milk must have adjusted to this sleep pattern as well because I was able to sleep in regular pjs with no breast pads I was thrilled. BUT now he isn't sleeping well at all. We have the same bedtime schedule and we stick to it...bedtime ranges from 10:30pm-11:30pm. He naps for 20min here and there during the day...with one real nap that is about 2hours long. He is teething and I have noticed a change in him but nothing over the top. He seems to want to nurse without a break from 8pm on. During that time he has is eyes closed and seems to be just comfort nursing but idk.
I guess my question is, what can I do to help him get back his old sleep pattern? Right now he struggles to fall asleep and once he does he is up after 5 hours. I then bring him into bed to nurse him and he is on my breasts nonstop till 8am. When I say nonstop I mean really...he stays on one for a loooooong time and then pulls off and fusses and I switch him to the other one and so on and so on. I don't sleep good with him in bed with me because my back starts to hurt.
I know that 5 hours is not bad and some of you ladies still have similar nights but I was told by his doctor that he should be sleeping 8 hours at night and that the sleep pattern he has at 6month will be with him for many many years. His doc is a breast feeding friendly doc and has been super helpful with everything and she also never pushes solids She suggested I let him cry for a bit so he has a chance to sooth himself to sleep. Although I have done this in the past...I am concerned with the emotional toll this will have on him. I don't want to ruin the relationship I have right now with him. Please I really need some input. TIA. I am sorry this was so long and rambling.