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  1. Meghna says:

    Nicole, when did you publish this sleep and breast feeding series? I wish I had seen this when I had my first back in 2013! I remember scouring this site for all sorts of advice but I had no clue regarding concepts of storage capacity and how normal it would have been if my little one continued to wake to feed past 6 months. She ended up sleeping though the night on her own right around the time I went back to work, but we also ended up supplementing soon after with formula as i could not pump enough at work. My supply is better this time around with my second, the sleep not so much..but glad to read its normal for him to wake 2-3 x per night at 4.5 months. I’m a pediatrician and I’ll be the first to say we do not receive nearly enough training on breast feeding basics and sleep!

    • Neosha says:

      @Meghna – Thank you for reading and for your comment! The original version of this particular series was published back in ’09 actually. We wish you would have found this then but hope you came across helpful information then and now! It’s great to hear your supply is better this time around. Pumping at work can be such a challenge! At 4.5 months, we know exactly what you mean by sleep “not so much!” 😉 We’re here to help if you need more support there, for sure, and can send some brochures for your patients at your office or other groups you may be a part of, if needed, as well. Just let us know, and please keep reading!

  2. Dawnn Burroughs says:

    My daughter is 8 months 2 weeks and we’ve never quite recovered from the 4 month sleep regression.
    We tried co sleeping because we were in a 1 bedroom but when we moved to a larger unit and she got her own room.
    She sleeps in her crib but now we are dealing with CONSTANT waking. 5-6-7 times a night and I know she’s sleep deprived.

    She cries wanting to eat or just be held. She’s totally awake in her crib. Standing and wanting to play or begging to be picked up.
    We were on night 6 of sleep training (that wasn’t really taking) and she started teething her 5th tooth. SO now I just don’t know what to do.
    I’m thinking maybe my coffee intake has been keeping her up, so today I will cut it out of my diet. Hopefully that helps but do I continue sleep training?
    At this point I really don’t want to but should I bring her back in my bed?
    Should I just pick her up till she falls asleep in our rocking chair and of course she won’t drink from a bottle. Exclusively from the tap only :/ )

    Being in an apartment, loud screaming and crying at 3am isn’t really the best option, though we have been doing it for the last week.
    As you can see I’m at my whit’s end. I don’t care about me or my husband’s sleep. We’re not trying to put her on our schedule. We just want her to get a quality night’s sleep.

    • Jessica Diller says:

      @Dawnn, I am so sorry to hear that your daughter has been waking so frequently. I understand how it can be disruptive to everyone in the household, and that you are concerned for your neighbors, as well. There could be many factors that are keeping her awake, or causing her to wake frequently. The important thing to remember during sleep training is to be consistent. Which ever method you choose, we recommend sticking with it for 1-2 weeks to see the results you are anticipating. It can take time for children to adjust to the new changes. I recommend reading this article about the most common sleep coaching methods: https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/5-baby-sleep-training-methods-explained/ Hang in there!

  3. pam says:

    i did no realize chocolate could have such an affect on a babies sleep! I knew it had caffeine in it but the amount it would take to even match a cup of joe would be a lot of chocolate. I have been eating a good amount since I had the baby I feel almost addicted to the stuff. What better reason to quit the stuff, I hope it helps!!! Thanks

  4. Oh Mandy and I have the EXACT same problems. My baby girl is 9 months now and her sleep is getting worse. She use to sleep in her crib so nicely for even 7 hours STRAIGHT back when she was 3 months old and little of that wonderful sleep on up to about 6 months then it started getting bad as I was so tired when I got her out of crib for first night feeding I accidentally would fall asleep with her in the bed every night. I am 39 years old and after 6 months of sleep depravation it was getting to me. Now its even worse as I have to wake up every hour on the hour to pet her head for 10 minutes until she goes back to sleep. Now we are all getting sick from all the many so called sleep training. I am done with it!! I l cut the night time feeding, I cut the picking her up at night, we cut the letting her sleep with us. Now after reading your articles about breastfeeding moms and my daughter’s age I am going to try to breastfeed her once at night to see if that helps.

    Her naps during the day are like anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours and I let her do the 3 hours more and more as I don’t want a sleep deprived baby who has a brain still in development. sigh. This IS by far the most frustrating thing I have had to deal with. The pregnancy and delivery was easy compared to this. Sleep has always been a big thing for me as I get sick easily with out it. I can’t imagine what will become of me when I have to go back to work some time in the next few months when I find a job.

    Signed,
    Dead Tired

    • Nicole says:

      @Dana By far, sleep has been THE most difficult part about being a mother, so I completely understand. I hope you’re finding a plan that works for you and your family. Good luck!

  5. Mandy says:

    I have given up chocolate and caffeine as well :/.

    My son is 8 months old and still wakes 5-6 times a night to nurse, and his sleeping just keeps getting WORSE. I don’t even mind nursing because we co-sleep and I side-lie nurse… But lately, he’s been going down at 7 for bedtime, waking at 8 and staying up until 11! We can’t do ANYTHING to get him back to bed. That, on top of nursing every hour, is killing me. :/. Ugh.

    • Nicole says:

      @Mandy Oh no!! How is your son’s napping during the day? I would need to know many other details to make any recommendations, but it sounds like the key is to help your son learn to fall asleep on his own, so he can stay asleep all night. You can do this and continue co-sleeping. Good luck!

  6. Sara says:

    My baby is 11 weeks old today, and she’ll often go 6-8 hours in between feedings at night, then they gradually narrow down to every three hours during the day. I breastfeed, then my husband gives her a bottle to top her off during the dark hours. During the day, she’s generally breastfed only, but we’ll give her bottles if she’s still hungry. If I’m really exhausted, he’ll do just a bottle feeding at night so I can sleep. It does make a huge difference, and our baby will certainly have quite a bit to eat when she wakes up and I take back over!

    • Nicole says:

      @Sara Sounds like a great arrangement for your family! Woohoo!

  7. Cindy says:

    I found that my baby would be up for a couple hours during the night when I would eat chocolate, even a little- so I gave it up until I finished nursing.

    • Nicole says:

      @Cindy Give up chocolate? Nooooo! 🙂 I’m glad you figured it out, though! At least it’s temporary and you can go back to eating chocolate when you are/were done breastfeeding. 🙂

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