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could i get some input on my routine?

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dyson n chey's post on weaning has some replies that have really made me question my routine with my LO.  He is demand fed and tends to want to eat every 2-3 hours during the day and at present every 2-2.5 (sometimes 1.5) hours during the night.  He is 17 weeks so I think he is sleep regressing, he used to wake twice in the night now it is up to 5 times.  I am exhausted and parenting alone.  Since he was 8 weeks I have given him a "dream feed" expressed bottle at between 9-10 pm, 5 oz.  He goes to sleep at 7 and usually does not sleep through to this point of 10 pm but wakes earlier nd I give him the bottle in the hopes he will sleep for longer in the night.  It does not seem to work.  I pump after giving the bottle and go to bed.  Btw he is a very large baby - 17 weeks, 28" long and about 17 lb.  He is not overweight but is in the 97th % for height and the 80th for weight.  He has never had anything but breastmilk.  Is there anyone thinking I should change anything, the post on weaning said that 5 oz was way too much to give but he does happily finish this bottle and then go straight back to sleep, it's just that he doesn't stay asleep.  He eats happily in the night, in the day he often fusses at the breast.  I am pretty sure I do not produce too much or too fast, I m never engorged, I do not leak, he is frequently hungry and I usually pump about 3-4 ounces a night.  I top this up to 5 with an extra pump the next day to give him that big night feed.  Sorry this is so tangled and long... and thank you!

by on Mar. 4, 2013 at 7:48 PM
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by on Mar. 4, 2013 at 11:09 PM

The only input I would give is I suggest you drop that 5oz bottle you are giving. It can cause problems in the long run, and clearly it is not "tanking him up" for the night as he is still nursing frequently during the night. It may be back firing by stretching out his stomach. 

Do you have him in bed with you to maximize your sleep?

Why are you pumping at night when you should be sleeping? Drop the nightime bottle and there is no need to pump during the night. I think this will give you the most break!

by Nicki on Mar. 4, 2013 at 11:32 PM

I do this, makes life all around so much easier and more pleasant.

What's a "Dream feed" bottle is it just the brand? =/

Quoting Precious333:

This is what i do.

Quoting littlelambe2:

If I were you, I'd have him in bed with me and nurse while we both slept :)

by Gina on Mar. 5, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Dream fed is a type of feeding, when baby is pretty well out of it. Not a brand name at all.

by on Mar. 5, 2013 at 1:24 AM

ok i will drop the dreamfeed and just demand breastfeed for a while and see how it goes.  thanks for the input so far....I do not want to cosleep with LO, one thing that is working well is that he is comfy in his crib and will usually go down without a fuss.  also, i have slept with him on the bed a couple of times and always worry and stress in my sleep.

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