I am still not sure exactly WHY he slept 5 hour stretches (which I consider "through the night"), but he still sleeps most of the night, but now he nurses while we sleep.
If you are using formula, it "fills up" baby's tummy longer, because it is harder to digest than breast milk, allowing baby to sleep longer.
My DD then technically "slept through the night" around 2 weeks old.
While it might be possible to sleep-train a baby to sleep through the night at 2-weeks-old, there is no evidence to suggest the long-term effects are positive (though advocates of sleep training may say there has been no proven negative effects either, just theories).
The Breastfeeding Answer book, a LLLI publication states:
"Although it may be possible to "train" babies to adopt sleep patterns appropriate for older children and asults, the long-term effects of altering natural sleep patterns have not been studied."
This statement is a general one, not just for nursing babies.
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Dd2 was a decent sleeper from fairly early on - with some problems during the colic months...
Dd3 took a good six months to get to the point where she'd sleep through the night.
So, yes, I think a 2 week old breastfed baby can sleep through the night - even if she/he is not "sleep trained". I think it is fairly rare but I believe it can happen.
Originally Posted by Super Pickle
I know some people who are telling me that their 2 week old baby is sleeping through the night. Is that possible, even with sleep training? I mean, doesn't the child have to eat?
DD is an entirely different story. At 28 months, she still doesn't sleep through the night, even by the textbook standards of five hours.
my oldest i would TRY to wake up because i was worried about her going so long.. she would pull from me & still sleep...
when her younger sister did the same i just didnt worry about it
If it's longer, I would suspect they're doing Babywise or something like that, where you just ignore the baby and stop feeding them at night. But I suppose there is a huge range of "normal" and even that would be possible, though it's hard for me to imagine from my vantage point!
For a while she was waking once or twice at night...now, she occasionally sleeps through the night again, and definitely doesn't wake to nurse before four most of the time.
I have to say HOOORAY for the family bed. My son slept in a crib from three weeks old (he was in a co-sleeper before), and our nights were miserable.