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Thread: 4 1/2 months EBF doesn't sleep through the night

  1. #1
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    Jul 2010

    Default 4 1/2 months EBF doesn't sleep through the night

    Please, help me with some piece of advice on how to make my baby sleep longer hours through the night.
    My baby is EBF and he eats every 2-3 hr day and night. I wake up at least 3 - 4 times at night to feed him. When he wakes up I think its hunger and I feed him. Sometimes I feel he wants the pacifier (which he got used with during the day too and when he naps, he suddenly wakes up, looks for it and once I give it to him he goes back to sleep). If i give him the pacifier during the night, he looses it and he gets fussy because he wants it. And so on.
    Do you think it's normal for his age?
    After I give him rice cereal, do you think he is going to sleep better during night?

    Thanks a lot!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2009

    Default Re: 4 1/2 months EBF doesn't sleep through the night

    Yes, I think it's normal. And no, rice cereal isn't going to help him sleep better. Check out the Sleep or Lack of It forum by scrolling down a bit more.

    Mommy to
    Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
    Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2010

    Default Re: 4 1/2 months EBF doesn't sleep through the night

    Sorry, starting rice cereal will not nessasarly make baby sleep more. Its a myth. I hate to tell you this but....my 8.5 month old still doesn't sleep through the night and he is eating solids. Lots of solids. As pp, there is a lack of sleep section further down. There is so great advice there!
    Mommy to 2 little boys!
    DS1 11/1/07 BFed 7 months
    DS2 11/6/09 BF 2 YEARS! and counting!

  4. #4
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    Jul 2009

    Default Re: 4 1/2 months EBF doesn't sleep through the night

    Rice cereal will not make your baby sleep through the night...sometimes solids even has the opposite effect! My DS used to wake up all.night.long and he is now getting better...only once or twice...at 15 months. There are lots of mom's with you!

    ETA: Here's a link from Kellymom about solids and sleeping http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...ids-sleep.html

    Mom to
    Matthew born April 2009
    Jonathan born March 2011
    loving and

  5. #5
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    Mar 2010
    Northern Cal.

    Default Re: 4 1/2 months EBF doesn't sleep through the night

    I think it's all temperament, sadly. Not much you can do about it. My fourteen month old sleeps better than he used to, waking up every four hours now instead of every one to two hours, but it's still not STTN ... It's hard, but you learn to cope. I sleep with my baby, and he can practically open my nursing bra and latch himself on these days ...

    You can call me JoMo!

    Mom to baby boy Joe, born 5/4/09 and breastfed for more than two and a half years, and baby girl Maggie, born 7/9/12.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2010

    Default Re: 4 1/2 months EBF doesn't sleep through the night

    Hmmmm, have to agree with everyone else....my older two didn't STTN till they were maybe 2? Or 3? My 6 month old does not STTN either, and of course I'm totally not expecting her to, though she does sleep better and wake up less than my older two did.

    It's a myth that solids will help babies sleep better. Perhaps a handful coincidentally start STTN when they start solids. Most don't, I'm afraid!
    Mom to Caroline born 01.11.10, a 8 y.o. son and 10 y.o. daughter!

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    Jul 2010

    Default Re: 4 1/2 months EBF doesn't sleep through the night

    Rice wont help. My son (7 months) still wakes up about 2 times to eat. I had to do some attitude adjustment to survive. I have come to accept that I will not get a full nights sleep again for a long time. We are not the CIO type so we moved his crib into our room. When he goes to bed (after I nurse him down) he sleeps in there for about 3 hours, then I bring him into our bed, sleep on my side with a boob out and he finds it whenever he wants it. We all sleep better that way so we decided to stick with it. It's a nice balance too b/c me and the hubs have the bed to ourselves the first half of the night. I never thought we'd be 'the family bed type' but now we both love it. It is so beautiful to wake up and see your perfect little baby snuggling peacefully next to you
    Aedan's mommy since 12/09
    Let me get up on my I'm a , ,,, , milk donating, attachment parenting mama! And we wouldn't have it any other way!

  8. #8
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    Dec 2009

    Default Re: 4 1/2 months EBF doesn't sleep through the night

    My DS has always woken up at least every 3 hours at night to eat, more if it's a bad teething night. Introducing solids has not made one bit of difference. He's almost 8 months old now and still wakes up 3 or 4 times a night but because we co-sleep, he just nurses and goes right back to sleep. It's the only thing that saves my sanity.
    SAHM to my boys:
    Z, my land-lubber born 11/09
    Nursed for 22 months, 18 of those with a tongue and lip tie
    Allergies to peanuts and tree nuts

    E, my water baby born 05/12
    Currently nursing through the aftermath of a tongue and lip tie revision, still trying to work it out

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  9. #9
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    Jan 2009
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Default Re: 4 1/2 months EBF doesn't sleep through the night

    Sorry mama solids don't help a baby sleep. I have a 19 month old that wakes up more than your 4 month old (probably 6-8 times a night). Hang in there it gets easier
    First time mom to Kalyna born December 14th 2008

    Born: 7lbs 7oz
    Month 1: 8lbs
    Week 5: 8lbs 6oz
    Week 7: 9lbs 5oz
    Week 9: 10lbs 2.6oz
    Week 17: 14lbs 7oz

    Nursing a 3.5 year old!
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  10. #10
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    Dec 2008
    Vancouver, BC

    Default Re: 4 1/2 months EBF doesn't sleep through the night

    with pps. Solids have NOT made one bit of difference in my DS's sleep. He's now 23 months, but only occasionally STTN (with 1-2 wakings). We still have some bad nights, but it's much better than before and I know it won't last forever.

    Hang in there mama!
    I'm Anna
    Proud mama to my 2 little high needs "koala bears":

    Ethan born 8/23/08
    Bfed for 22 months, weaned with love 7/2010

    Lucas, born 1/6/11
    Nursing strong for 19 MONTHS!

    Cloth diapering 1 full-time even though I'm constantly ! Currently in potty training mode. We also and

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