2 hours sleep last night and I can barely cope(11 Posts)
I'm afraid I have no useful suggestions for you, but wanted to offer my sympathy... sleep deprivation is awful and I really feel for you I am sure someone helpful will come along soon with some good ideas.
I am a real supporter of breastfeeding but has she tried formula? Both mine at 6 months were exclusively breastfed but started losing weight and their sleeping went. Supplementing at night with formula for the last feed did help. For my babies from 6 months breast milk alone just wasn't enough .
We had a similar struggle with dd1 she finally took a MAM bottle. Maybe persevere with that?
Can you bf while lying down? Perhaps send DH to a another bed and have her in with you so at least you can feed and doze at the same time?
You do have my sympathies no sleep is really tough.
Massive sympathies - I was in exactly the same boat until about a month ago. (DS is now 11 months.) I got to the point where I was quite literally going loop the loop as DS had never slept more than 4 hours in 10 months, and that was rare.
Ended up taking radical action; we sent DS1 (nearly 3) to my mother's for a week, put DS2 in his own room and I stopped feeding him between 7pm-7am. I felt bad about it but at that point my need was greater than his, and actually, I was surprised, he started sleeping through almost immediately and we didn't have to leave him to cry either.
It's all gone to pot again since he was ill last week but we're trying to get back on track now.
Is your daughter eating well in the day? That might give you the confidence to drop the night feeds if you choose to do the same thing. DS hasn't suffered for it at all.
It is the hardest thing having no sleep, I've just started on ADs because it screwed me up so badly.
6 month growth spurt. This too shall pass. She needs feeding. Kerala during the 6 month growth spurt they nurse more to increase supply and grow so much they can lose a bit of weight (but gain inches). Your babies would've been fine without the formula, but it probably saved you some abused nipples and let you sleep a bit more.
Other things which disrupt sleep in a 6 month old are:
- gross motor development
- learning object permanence (precursor to separation anxiety)
- starting weaning
I would then assume it's teething and try some form of pain relief (whatever you're comfortable with... I went straight for ibuprofen). My rule was if he woke up 3 times before I went to bed he got dosed with the ibuprofen.
Can you take them both to bed with you in the day? Close the curtains, cuddle up and snooze off. I did this a fair bit. The older child loved it.
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