Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Sleeping Through the Night with Breastfed Babies {#BFBlogHop}

01 November 2012

Sleeping Through the Night with Breastfed Babies {#BFBlogHop}

After Charis was born, the first few weeks I felt like I was up 24/7.  Breastfeeding morning, noon, and night. I thought to myself, "I'm never going to get any sleep again."  Friends would tell me, I would once again sleep, but I didn't believe them. The first time Charis slept 3-4 hours at night, I woke up feeling like a brand new person.  It wasn't until recently that Charis slept 12+ hours on a regular basis.  I now believe my friends that told me, that this was a season, not my whole life.  There were some things that helped me feel rested:

  • Feeding Charis right before going to bed.  I noticed Charis would often not sleep a longer stretch when doing this.
  • Try to fill Charis during day.  When Charis started solid food, she would start playing and forget to nurse, so I tried to nurse who every three hours during the day, which helped ensure she would not wake up as much at night.
  • Cosleep.  I wouldn't have to get out of bed.  I lifted and unsnapped my shirt and fell asleep while Charis nursed.
  • Change her diaper before feeding.  If I waited until afterwards, Charis would wake up screaming, and I'd have to spend time with a screaming, crying baby trying to put her to sleep again.
Do you have any suggestions for having breastfed babies sleep through the night?
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Next week's topic is "Pumping and Storing Breastmilk".

1 comment:

  1. It can be so hard to remember that this really is a season. It won't last forever, though, and it's so good to be reminded of that! ~Jeniffer