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I'm new to this board! I have a question about nighttime nursing. My daughter is 6 months old and nurses all night every night, about every 2 hours. Is this fairly normal? Part of me thinks it's because she has suffered food allergies (which is why I'm on a very restricted diet) from birth, and only eats a little at a time and needs to eat more frequently. She pretty much eats every 2 hours around the clock.

I was just curious how common this was. I once had someone tell me at 6 months she didn't need to eat, and that i should just let her CIO for a couple nights, but CIO just isn't for me. Plus, we cosleep, so it's easy for me to nurse at night and i enjoy it. Also, if you had a similar situation, can you tell me at what age this slowed down for you?

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It is TOTALLY normal and EXTREMELY common for a baby of any age to start waking more at night to nurse. It may be from growing, teething, illness, wanting to connect with mom emotionally, change in family routine, stress in family. Yes it can be from food sensitivities too.

For more about food sensitivities see http://www.askdrsears.com

For more about breastfeeding see http://www.kellymom.com

If someone tells you to just let the baby scream, I agree that's lousy advice!

And only your daughter knows if she needs to nurse at night. I'm always amazed at the attititude that babies don't need to nurse at night
: so we should just let them scream until they give up
: when only the BABY knows what she needs and she counts on mom to care!
 

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You'd also be amazed at Lynn Johnston, who writes "For Better or for Worse".
Michael's wife breastfeed's their baby, but she puts her daughter in another room at night. She asked how to deal with lack of sleep and Lovey advised setting an alarm clock ten minutes when her dd cried! They've had jokes that Michael needs to be close to dw, but the dd doesn't. There was a strip where Michael wondered why dd was miserable, but didn't once think, she knew they'd put her in a crib.
 

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Could your DD be meeting a new milestone or going through a growth spurt? Mine always seems to go through about a week of waking more frequently (and being real cranky and clingy) just before a mojor developmental step.

In any event, can you try to get naps during the day or go to bed a little earlier? I find the frequent waking is easier when I get to bed realy early. Also remember to remind yourself that this will not last that long at all.

MM

ps; lots of buble baths and massages from someone you love helps too
 

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I would say that is normal too. My daughter always nursed about every 2 hours at night (or she might go for an hour one time and then 3 hours the next time), and I remember it really started to get to me when she was around 2 years old, because at that point I couldn't sleep through the nursings. It seemed everytime I turned over, she'd wake back up and want to nurse.
 

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What a relief to hear it is not just me...we have the family bed and have since the beginning. my ds sleeps in his crib for the first few hours of the night and then we get him the first sound he makes...he never really wakes up, just moans and moves. when we get him in the bed with us it is like a marathon...he nurses and sleeps so restless, I can't sleep soundly at all....tossing turning and beating us up with those flailing arms. any advice on how to help him sleep a little sounder.

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My son is 7 months old and has woke up every 2-4 hours to nurse, for most of his life. There was one heavenly month where he'd sleep for 6 hours straight but that's ancient history now.

A lot of my friends tell me he should be sleeping through the night, but I believe I'm doing what's natural, so his behavior must be natural. If he slept through on his own I'd be ecstatic, but I'm not going to force the issue. It seems there is some biological evidence that nightwaking is a good, protective mechanism. Who am I to short circuit that?
 

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tossing turning and beating us up with those flailing arms. any advice on how to help him sleep a little sounder.

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NAK, be patient.

We used to have this problem and the only thing that worked was to give her more room. We bought a single bed and we have the matress and box spring pushed up against our double on the floor. Now daddy sleeps on the single and Sam and I are on the double. She can stretch out and we all get more sleep.

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Just wanted to chime in...DS sleeps 3, sometimes 4 hours at night, wakes to nurse, and nurses every two hours after that until he gets up for the day. We also have a family bed and honestly, I don't remember waking up for most of his feedings. So, it's not too bad...It mostly gets frustrating for me when I read about people who have these great sleepers. But really, ds is happy and healthy and I'm not exhausted so it could be MUCH worse.

Sorry that I can't be any help, but you are so not alone here!
 

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It can be tough, can't it.

:sigh

DS#1 was like that, except that he would more commonly latch on and stay that way till morning.

Got worrisome when pg with DD, how to nurse a newborn with a permanent-latch with a toddler happening at the same time, so tried to nightwean him around then (he was just under 2 at the time).

Didn't go too well ...


But we managed. Lots of pillows (for the toddler, not the newborn) helps ...

 

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one interesting study looked at "wakeful" babies and tried removing different foods from diet...the most successful was when they removed cow's milk (via breastmilk and via foods and drinks eaten directly by baby). 72% of the wakeful children had a marked decrease in the amount of waking episodes when cow's milk products were removed.*

this works for us--my son and i are allergic--i didn't know as much when he was little and continued to eat and drink cow's milk myself (so he got it indirectly). he woke frequently (we co-slept for four years). now, with my daughter iknow better--i am off dairy completely..she wakes only two-three times per night, which is very doable to me.

by the way they also wake more often when they are teething.

joy
*from Baby Matters: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Your Baby and Young Child by Linda Folden Palmer--great book, very ap oriented, with more research/citations than any other baby book i've ever seen.
 
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