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Breastfeeding tip : Recognising a growth spurt

* You feel as though you haven't got enough
* Baby getting upset at the breast (though can be a sign of other common problems)
* Baby is breastfeeding often or almost nonstop (feel like baby is always wanting to feed)
* A baby who was previously sleeping through the night is now waking to breast feed several times
* Baby will latch and unlatch, fussing in between

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Excessive waking at night!!!

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Post by Rachel on Fri May 08, 2009 8:04 pm

Hi everyone,
Just wondered if anyone had experienced what we are doing at the moment with DD. Am going a bit crazy!!!! :help:
Evie has always woken 3 times a night for a feed...which I am fine with, but just this week she has started waking every two hours...it's like BFing a newborn! She has cut her first tooth this week so I am hoping that this may be the cause and she will stop doing it soon( until the next tooth that is!) but the only way to pacify her is to feed her. Am I making a rod for my own back??? Both my DH and mother think I shouldn't always :boob: because she is going to think she will always be fed back to sleep. I, on the other hand, being very sleep-deprived, think if it stops her whining and gets her back to sleep then it is O.K.
Last night she fed at 9pm after only going to bed at 7, went back down at 9.20 and then was awake again an hour later...she can't possibly be hungry!! After ignoring her for a bit she started to get really distressed...I just want to give in but DH thinks she is just doing it for attention :iconsad: . When she ended up getting really distressed I did pick her up to feed...and she shut up immediately and fell asleep.
Is this a common thing when they reach 6 months...to suddenly wake up more? Is it just teething?
Am going crazy...and getting short-tempered with DS who I shouted at this morning and then felt terrible for :iconredface: ! Need more sleep Sleep
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Post by gingerpig on Sat May 09, 2009 8:06 am

Ah bless you - that phase is so exhausting and so common! I remember as a kind of dream the period between 4 and 6 months, which was the ONLY time Debs (now 2) slept through. Children just dont lol. At 6 months there is so much going on developmentally which means they need extra milk to fuel it. Plus suckling can really help with the pain, and of course its really comforting to have your mum there when you are in a pain. Have you tried calgel and things like that? Its really hard! If she doesn't already, could she co-sleep until this phase stops - makes it much less tiring for you! Big hugs it is awful!

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Post by angpixi on Sat May 09, 2009 1:24 pm

sound like a growth spurt to me, nothing against your dh but babies of that age have no concept of 'doing it for attention'
the extra feeding will be her way of building your milk suppy up to satisfy her extra needs. its a very common thing most of the girls on here will tell you! i think thers a thread somewhere explaining the different ages of growth spurts.
also there is the teething thing too the best comfort for them is to bf.
it will get easier when the spurt settles down, hope you get some sleep soon :aww:
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