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Viagrafalls Mon 10-Oct-11 18:48:42

Hello, I have a 7 week old baby who seems to be going up to 5/6 hours during the day without wanting to feed yet who wakes every 2/3 hours for feeds at night. (I am combination feeding) A typical day will go like this;
6-7 am wake for a BF then back to sleep until..
Anytime between 10-1130 when she will have 3/4 oz
More sleep until...
2.30- anything between 2-3 oz then back to sleep
4ish BF for half an hour (but she will doze on and off throughout so this is really difficult to gauge)
at 6.30/7 I have a real struggle to get her to have a 4 oz bottle before bed
We wake her at 10.30 for a feed, sometimes she has 4 oz, sometimes less.
She will then drain 4 oz bottles every 2 hours in the night.
She is such a lovely baby but this is so frustrating as obviously if she was doing this at night it would be so much better - I simply cannot keep her awake when she is tired during the day - she will literally scream until she is 'allowed' to go back to sleep and the same with milk, she will choke and splutter and push my breast/the bottle out of her mouth until I stop trying.
Does anyone have any tips, or has anyone come through something similar? I would really liker some advice please...

Viagrafalls Mon 10-Oct-11 19:04:15


MrsWembley Mon 10-Oct-11 19:14:30

It does sound like she has her days and nights muddled up. I know you've said it's hard to wake her when she wants to sleep, but maybe make it a gradual change, shift her feeds in the day by 15-30 mins each day and see how that goes.

My DD used to go off around 2am, wake at around 7 for a feed, then sleep all morning. Didn't bother me while I was catching up on sleep myself but then I realised I was missing out on time to get things done. I just woke her half an hour earlier each day and before I knew it she was going to bed at 7, having a 2 o'clock feed and them sleeping again til 7am.

Booboostoo Mon 10-Oct-11 19:15:20

Sorry can't help, but partly because I haven't slept in four months now!!! DD LOVES to eat through the night. Hope someone comes on with some great ideas, but I worry it might just be how some babies are.

MrsWembley Mon 10-Oct-11 19:17:28

Oh, and don't forget, she's maybe still at the settling-in stage. In the next couple of weeks she could flummox you all with a completely new

Viagrafalls Mon 10-Oct-11 19:28:38

Ha! Well, the thing is she sleeps like a log between feeds at night and is awake for quite a lot of the day so I thought that meant she had gone the 'right was round' so to speak as before she just slept all the bloody time. Its just the feedding that is a problem IYSWIM

MrsWembley Mon 10-Oct-11 19:45:26

Ah... Well, urm, does she wake suddenly and cry for these night feeds or does she just get restless?

And as for sleeping during the day - not always a bad thing! My DS hardly sleeps during the day at all and, what with having to fend off his 2yo sister as well as entertain the two of them, I get nothing done!biscuit

Viagrafalls Mon 10-Oct-11 19:55:27

She sort of gets restless and then cries, building up to a crescendo, I try not to let her get too upset, I give it a few minutes to see if she will go back to sleep and if she doesnt then I sit up and feed her. Do you think I should try leaving her a bit longer? I guess I worry that she needs her milk and has to get it whenever she wants it - I mean, I suppose if I stopped giving her so much at night would she start to catch up during the day or would it just be very traumatic and exhausting for both of us?

MrsWembley Mon 10-Oct-11 20:10:37

I can seeing it being traumatic and exhausting, yes, but it might be worth a go. Sorry, can't really suggest anything else.sad

Viagrafalls Mon 10-Oct-11 20:11:32

Oh, I was hoping you might have a magical solution! wink
I will try, just maybe not tonight. i'm so tired!

MrsWembley Mon 10-Oct-11 20:18:33

I do know what you mean about not letting her get too upset though. I've never been a fan of CC but if I can't get to either of my DCs immediately then they have to cry.sad

I had (have) problems with DD getting to sleep on her own and started dream feeding her before she dropped her night feed altogether. I found that she went off easier if she didn't get upset before a feed, so I do understand your problem wrt the 'crescendo'.

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