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Hi All<br><br>
I have a 12 week old baby boy who is exclusively breast fed on demand and who sleeps in bed with us. He is thriving and growing well but still gets up to eat every few hours all night long.<br>
He nurses himself to sleep around 9ish and is up around midnight then every 1.5-2hrs until around 6:30am when he wakes up for the morning.<br>
Please don't think I am complaining-he only nurses then falls back to sleep right away after so even though he is getting up often, its not like we are actually awake for very long each snack break. I am just wondering if any one elses baby still wakes up just to eat this often at this age?<br>
(I do let him stir for a minute or two to see if he is actually waking up or not and he usually is but always goes back to sleep after he eats)<br><br>
My first baby, who is 2 now was also EBF, on demand and in bed with us, started to sleep a 6hr stretch which was followed by a few 2hr stretchs when he was only 6 weeks old. Its amazing how different these babies can be!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi All<br><br>
I have a 12 week old baby boy who is exclusively breast fed on demand and who sleeps in bed with us. He is thriving and growing well but still gets up to eat every few hours all night long.<br>
He nurses himself to sleep around 9ish and is up around midnight then every 1.5-2hrs until around 6:30am when he wakes up for the morning.<br>
Please don't think I am complaining-he only nurses then falls back to sleep right away after so even though he is getting up often, its not like we are actually awake for very long each snack break. I am just wondering if any one elses baby still wakes up just to eat this often at this age?<br>
(I do let him stir for a minute or two to see if he is actually waking up or not and he usually is but always goes back to sleep after he eats)<br><br>
My first baby, who is 2 now was also EBF, on demand and in bed with us, started to sleep a 6hr stretch which was followed by a few 2hr stretchs when he was only 6 weeks old. Its amazing how different these babies can be!</div>
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My DS still does this at 13 months. It is completely normal and obviously what your LO still needs at this point.<br><br>
This is one of my favorite articles on night nursing.<br><a href="http://www.kathydettwyler.org/detsleepthrough.html" target="_blank">http://www.kathydettwyler.org/detsleepthrough.html</a>
 

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Hi CountryMommy!<br>
I read your post and smiled as this is exactly what we are going through right now too! I have a 13 week old and he will go to sleep around 8-ish usually until around 11pm or 12 midnight. After that it's every hour to 1.5 hours! Then he is up at 5 or 5:30 ready to play. He also sleeps with us for now... I hope to transition him when he is about 4 months.<br><br>
I do understand that if they sleep with you they will probably wake to nurse more often as it's right there. Although as he's not sleeping by himself yet, I don't get sleep by not having him sleep with us either!
 

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I, too, had a very sound sleeper as my first, and thought that's how it was supposed to be. My other two taught me differently, but it was a rude awakening. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> So I sympathize. It really is normal though, and it's what's biologically correct for our species, and it's what will ensure a bountiful supply for the months to come. Those very sound sleepers are rare.<br><br>
My DS for most of his infancy did one two-hour stretch, and then woke up every 30 to 45 minutes the rest of the night. He did that until about a year old, when I nightweaned. DD2 did a four-hour stretch, and then every two hours. DD1 slept usually two six-hour stretches at that age. So yeah, it varies a LOT.
 
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