3 month old - Sleep

by Overtired momma

Do you recommend using the 3 naps routine for a 3 month old?

My son is exclusively breastfed, weighs at least 17 pounds now, eats every 2-3 hours during the day and wakes up at least 3 times a night to feed.

He naps between 30 and 60 minutes at a time and seems to be tired within 1-1.5 hours after waking up.

Can organizing his sleep this way help to get him to be a little more regular? there is no hind/foremilk imbalance...I have lots of milk and get him to empty one breast per feeding unless it's midday, when supply is normal and he drinks from both.

Sometimes I even have to double feed on one side because it will get engorged if I keep switching.

I used to be able to get him to self-soothe to sleep, but that all seems to be up in the air right now.

He will only go down if I soothe him and even then, he doesn't stay down for long. A couple days ago he napped for about 45 minutes, was waking and I went in and soothed him back to sleep. He ended up sleeping 2hours! That's a record that I have not been successful at duplicating:(

He can sleep on me for hours if I let him and always looks tired after these short naps because he's not going through a proper cycle. HELP!!!

Overtired momma

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Oct 18, 2012
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swaddling
by: Zoe Burton

Have you tried swaddling??

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swaddle
by: Erin Barling

I swaddle my 3 month old girl and she sleeps at least 5 hours in the first stretch. She's even slept 8pm-5am a few times

During the day, she sleeps on her tummy 2-3 hours, but not always....

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Sleep aides

by Anastasia
(saint paul, mn)

I have insomnia and need to find something that is safe to take while breast feeding. And that will not decrease my milk supply cause I'm having issues with that too. I was taking unisom but found out it can decrease milk supply. I tried melitonin but that did nothing. Any suggestions would be much appreciated thanks
Anastasia

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Insomnia meds while breastfeeding
by: Tracy

There are some meds that are used for short periods of time like Tylenol PM, but they can have some effects on baby such as drowsiness and they do decrease milk supply.

I would recommend you use something natural like Chamomile tea. It is sometimes used to help mom rest or sleep better and can even help calm a teething baby. Make sure it’s decaffeinated, if its not decaffeinated you can drink three cups per day depending on whether you are consuming other caffeine products like chocolate or coffee.

If your baby has no problem with milk products in your breast milk, you can try drinking cows milk. Milk contains Tryptophan and calcium, which is calming. Drink a large glass before you go to bed with a teaspoon of raw honey, which will help the Tryptophan absorb better.

A lack of iron and magnesium in your diet could also be causing the insomnia. Eat more beef, eggs, sardines and green veg. Magnesium sources are nuts, bananas and brown rice.

Hope this helps



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