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??

Oct 18, 2012
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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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Feb 10, 2012
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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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Lying down and breastfeeding Co-Sleeping

by Geeta

Can I breastfeed my 1 month baby on lying position? Is the side position safe for newborn to sleep?

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gave birth this Monday/forgets how to breathe/cute little sleeper

by Jarkimalosa
(washington D.C.)

Hello everyone, I just gave birth this Monday, January 20,2014. It's a boy, yay!!!

Just what we wanted, well, at first, we all wanted a girl, but then time changed our minds.

He weighed six pounds and ten ounces when he was just born. My daughter cried, her face out because she was so emotional and my husband was as hard as a rock, I mean he's one of those hard to get make them cry guys.

My mom was also very happy. It was a wonderful moment. But I got a slight fever when I was in labor so they sent my baby to the NICU because they just wanted to make sure he was ok. His name is ELIEL JESAIAS. It may sound strange when pronounced in English, but in Spanish it sounds way better.

And he's a cute little sleeper. But sometimes during sleep at night, he forgets how to breathe so that worries me so now he sleeps with me just so I could be close to him.

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forgets to breathe
by: Anonymous

Hi!

Congratulations! How are things now?

It might seem as though Baby is forgetting to breathe, but I'm sure he will be just fine ;-)

I hope that you will have a blessed, wonderful bonding breastfeeding relationship!


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Exhaustion and sleep deprivation


(BC )

Effects so far include:
Exhaustion
Need a nap every day in order to function
Have lost ability to remember basic things, events, vocabulary
Mountains of dishes and housework adds up
Not much energy to go to mom and baby events or see friends much
Dizziness. Low blood pressure. Low blood sugar. Have to eat often and stay hydrated.
Grumpy and emotional and can't plan ahead for events.
Travel and events are a chore.
No way I could return to work right now.
Don't get much exercise. Too tired.
No time for movie or book or me time in evening as baby has a cluster feeding festival.

Not enough time for regular self care.
Can't sleep in as have two kids to care for.
Have been sick all winter with colds and other illness partially due to lack of sleep. On fifth cold right now.

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May 17, 2016
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natural meds
by: Tracy

I could say "dont worry, this is just a phase, it will pass soon" but I know what it feels like when you are going through it.

I would like to suggest a few things that helped me:

- Take your multivitamins! Especially Omega 3, 6 and 9. They will improve your mood.
- Take natural preventative meds (boosts your immune system) such as olive leaf extract, which is safe while breastfeeding. Vitamin C has also been a life saver for me!!

Hope this helps

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Baby Light Sleep Help

by Siham Hami, Nutritionist/cle
(san diego.ca)

waking up the baby during light sleep will help,so once baby start moving/making noises/eyes twitching under eyelid ( are indicators of your baby going through light sleep).

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co sleep with babe

by sherree
(Australia)

My husband and I Co sleep with babe no1 and she is the most outgoing, confident girl she is 2 now and has always slept through the night from the day we brought her into our bed!.. And we're slowly getting her in her own bed as babe no2 is here and 2 months old and we will be doing the same thing with him..

Yes, its a bummer and hubby and I have no time together, but this is only a short time and important for our little ones..

We will get to have our time all over again once they're both kicked outta the bed and happy confident little people..

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Apr 01, 2014
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attachment parenting
by: Paula

Hi

I agree totally with you! I feel that it is a necessary part of their development and plus it makes it so much easier for a mom that is exclusively breastfeeding.

I breastfed my little girl for two years and those two years we co-slept with her too. She is now three and sleeps in her own bedroom, no problems.

I would not give up that special time we had together for anything.

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wont sleep alone

by Courtney
(bullhead city, az)

My baby is 9months now and we started transitioning him to his crib and he's doing great up till when you go in to go to bed, then he wakes and refuses to sleep anywhere, but with me in my bed.

I don't know what to do since we all share a room and anytime I try to let him cio it wakes my older son and then I have two upset babies, no fun.

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Apr 01, 2014
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how i did it
by: Natt

You know this sounds very familiar!

I'm so glad for my sake, this time is over for me! Hee hee

Joking aside, what helped me keep sane was a christmas bed! Yes, sounds maybe to some, that I am making the problem worse, by allowing them to sleep with me in bed, but at the time it worked to keep me sane, especially while exclusively breastfeeding my youngest.

So what is a christmas bed? for those that dont know...I took all three mattresses in my house and made one big bed for all four of us on the floor; mommy, daddy and the two little ones. We slept like this for probably a year or until I stopped breastfeeding my two year old. Now they both sleep in their own bedrooms, they are now 6 and 3 years old.

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difficultly sleeping

by carolann
(oregon)


For the past two days my newborn has had difficultly sleeping she normally sleeps threw the night and naps great during the day but she has been trying to pass gas and fusses so much she wakes up crying and when she cries she poops and little and she pushes so hard she turns red and gets super angry. She burps a lot too. I haven't changed anything with my food nothing new. I hope these gas drops her doctor suggested work :(

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Aug 08, 2012
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Difficulty sleeping
by: Zelda Behr

It is quite normal for babies to push, go red in the face and make noises while passing stool.

The small amount of poop is also normal as breast milk is easily digested some babies have one poop in 10 days others have one poop after each feed or more.

It sounds like your little one has some gas which is normal at her age.

Here are a few thing you can do to relieve the pain...

-Burp baby regularly during feeds.
-Swaddle her in a swaddle blanket.
-Give baby a tummy massage to help pass the gas.
-A warm bath also helps.
-Carry her in a baby sling.

Read some more on this...

//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/baby-gas-pain.html


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