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Tips on getting daughter to sleep longer

My 5 month old is exclusively breastfed and still wakes up every two-three hours to nurse. Don’t think it’s low supply, she passes right back out after a few minutes of nursing.

  • Anna
    Nov 28

    It might now be becoming a sleep association for her, much like a pacifier. Will she take a pacifier or is that something you wanted to try? Might help! The other thought I had is that it could be she’s just getting enough to fall back asleep, but her body is digesting quickly, so she wakes back up soon after feeding because she’s hungry again.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 28

    Around that time is when we moved my son into his own room! I think having his own space let him go back to sleep when he woke up as opposed to looking for the boob helped a lot. It also gave me confidence to let him fall back asleep on his own because he wasn’t right there crying in my ear lol I used to try and give about 5-10 min before I’d go into his room and to my surprise he’d whine and fuss and find his way back to sleep! However, those times that he did not, I’d go in and try to snuggle and rock him before offering boob. Depending on how long it had been though. So if it was midnight I’d be like ok you’re fine to not eat. If it was like 4/5 am then I’d go ahead and feed. Sorry if that’s confusing, but maybe try giving some space and not jumping up to feed right away will help :)

  • Chelsie
    Nov 28

    Have tried a pacifier and moved her to her own room a few weeks ago. She realizes that’s where she is and hates it.

  • A
    Nov 28

    Have you introduced food yet? Some cereal before bed may be enough to satisfy her so you can sleep better. Also try not to let he fall asleep when you first put her to bed tickle her feet or talk to her so she’s drowsy but not out then put in crib

  • Haley
    Nov 28

    It seems like it may be a comfort thing if she isnt feeding for long before she passes back out. I would try letting her fuss just a few minutes and if she doesnt settle, just pick her up and rock her/pat her bootie to comfort her and put her back down. A few nights of that and she'll probably start sleeping longer stretches for you. Also, since you just moved her to her own room, have you tried a white noise machine in there with her? It worked wonders for getting our daughter to sleep longer stretches at night.

  • Dai
    Nov 28

    My 10 months my son was still using my breast as a pacifier to fall back asleep. He would wake up every 2 to 3 hours. I didn’t want to resort to the cry it out method but it worked so well. The first night no one got any sleep but by the third night he woke up once and now he doesn’t wake up at all.

  • Chelsie
    Nov 28

    we have the white noise machine and it does help her sleep but not for long stretches. :/ just was hoping to not resort to the cry it out method. I hate watching her cry..

  • Haley
    Nov 28

    I cant do the cry it out. Breaks my heart too much. What about a co sleeper? I co slept with my son and then he kind of just transitioned to his bed on his own. Everyone got a full night sleep from the time he was a month old until our daughter was born 11 years later. 🤣

  • Amy
    Nov 28

    Because she passes out again after a few min of nursing, maybe she's not really eating enough each time and wakes up hungry again? We were having problems getting my little one to eat enough before falling asleep at first and the lactation consultant told us to tickle her feet, her neck, take her socks off so she was a little bit cold, and squeeze the breast so a little would squirt into her mouth to keep her eating for longer instead of falling asleep.

  • Taylor
    Nov 28

    no advice but my son is 9 months old and still wakes up every 2-3 hours. he is breastfed as well. it’s more of a comfort thing then to eat. just remember they won’t be this little for long

  • Yopolos
    Nov 28

    It’s not abnormal for babies at this age to still need to eat this much. Or check that momma is close by. If you are ok with it as far as sleep, then I wouldn’t worry about it. If you need more sleep, then I would look into sleep training you are comfortable with.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 29

    So about this advice (which I’m all taking in), do I need to wake and pump to get enough milk for the daytime? Or do I assume her daytime milk (bottle/nursing) is enough? I just don’t think she’s eating enough in the day.. or will she just adjust her appetite, in which case, I should pump at night right?? I’m so torn.. bc if i need to pump, why don’t I just nurse baby in the night?

  • Chelsie
    Nov 30

    I’ve just nursed her at night.. I never pump unless it’s just excess that needs it. I would think that the appetite would adjust along with production.

  • C D
    Dec 04

    To add, I remember being told that as our babies get older they become more efficient at nursing. So shorter nursing at night before falling back asleep may still be drinking to get full (she’s taking stronger sucks). Hang in there if you can because like above post stated she won’t be little like this for long.