This is my 2nd nursing experience, having nursed my 4yo until he was 2.5. We co-sleep and for the first, I nursed him on demand, anytime, anyplace including all night until I finally night-weaned him at 18mo because I simply could not take the every hour nursing any longer! I naively assumed since my 1st son's temperament is so different that he would not have the same demands...wrong! He did appear to be heading towards sleeping more but he is waking and demanding/grabbing easily 8-10 times a night. I feel like I am responsible in some way and I really can't decide what is the right way to proceed at his age... Not sure what I am looking for, similar experiences? Advice? Thanks
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I read a tip some time ago here on MDC: If Mom drinks more water during the day baby slept better at night.
I had a nurse-every-hour baby and did not want a repeat with this new baby, so I calculated how much water I should drink during the day, put it in canning jars or water bottles first thing in the morning and made sure I finished by evening. Within 2 days my little one was sleeping much better.
We're in the midst of teething right now so that is tweaking our nighttime sleep. But I still notice a big big difference between days when I drink enough water and when I'm dehydrated.
The calculation I used is this:
take weight in pounds
divide by 2
the answer equals the number of fluid ounces I need to drink each day (caffeine drinks don't count toward water intake)
So, I'm about 120lbs (Don't shoot me, I'm tiny!!) That means I need to drink 60oz, or just under 2 quarts of water per day. More if I'm working out or running a fever.
Eating enough food would probably be a good thing too.
The only other thing I would check is if baby needs to pee. That will make my babies kick or froggie-hop all over. Then they wake and want to nurse.
This has been the case with both of my boys. 10 months is huge for night-wakings with BFed babies, too. I found this study run-down comforting: http://kellymom.com/parenting/nighttime/sleepstudies/.
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