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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