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What is the absolute longest you would let a 2 month old sleep thru the night for?  My 2 month old sleeps a lot, nurses every 2-4 hrs during day and sleeps a good bit inbetween, but does have some alert periods.  We have been feeding on demand, but she never really seems to "demand" it.  At night she has truly been sleeping through the night for a could weeks now (6-9 hrs) and when she wakes up she still doesn't really seem hungry, she will nurse for about 5-10 min and then is content (my breasts are pretty effiecient at getting milk out, so I think she gets a good amount in a short time).  I think she is gaining well but havent had her weighed since 1 month, she was 7#13 at birth and I would say she prob close to 10# now.  Would you let a 2 month old sleep that long, what is the absolute longest? 


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If the baby was gaining well, heck yes, I would let him/her STTN! Go get a weight check to put your mind at ease and enjoy your rest. smile.gif

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If the baby was gaining well, heck yes, I would let him/her STTN! Go get a weight check to put your mind at ease and enjoy your rest. smile.gif
Exactly this. If baby is peeing enough and gaining well, I'd let her sleep 12 hours if she wanted to. It doesn't matter when she gets the milk she needs as long as she does. The beauty of nursing on demand is that baby can show more subtle cues without getting to the "I'm starving" cry. You can always offer more during the day but some babies are all business at the breast: a few minutes of efficient nursing to fill the tummy, then they're off to do other things - like sleep! Babies this young sleep a lot. Many go through a 2 or 3 hour cycle of eat, play/interact, sleep, repeat. My DD was 7lb 15oz at birth and at 2 months was 12lb 11oz but she climbed a lot of percentiles in that time. I would keep track of wet diapers to make sure she gets enough milk and do a weight check to ensure she's gaining. If that looks good, then I'd simply enjoy the sleep. Be aware, many babies hit a bad sleep regression around 4 months so these long stretches may not last forever.
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