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August 12th, 2012, 06:55 PM
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Another thread mentions a dream feed and I would like to hear your opinions. Here is my dilemma: Tristan is a great sleeper at night, but he goes to sleep very early - 7:30 - 8 pm. I am happy about the early bed time because I get an evening to myself. He sleeps until 1 or 2 am and wakes up to nurse. I was wondering if the dream feed could help him sleep till 4 am, but I am afraid to give him a habit of needing to eat at around 10 pm. Do you ladies have any experience with the dream feed? Should I just let him follow his natural rhythm or try and change it...
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August 12th, 2012, 10:23 PM
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I think I was the one who mentioned waking my daughter to feed her before I go to bed. I had no idea this is 'dream feeding' lol The only reason I do it, is because I know that if I don't, she will be awake an hour later to eat, so to get her to sleep longer, I do the whole diaper change/wake up and feed thing.
I think if your little guy is already sleeping for such a long period of time I would just let him continue on that routine without adding in the 10pm feeding. He is clearly content and satisfied, so I wouldn't try too hard to push that 2am feeding until 4am. He'll probably get there on his own pretty quick!
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August 13th, 2012, 06:13 AM
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I wouldn't mess with it! 6 hour stretch is really good and would just follow his natural rhythm.

The only time I'd consider a dream feed is when I know DD is going to wake up within the hour. BUT, E will not nurse unless SHE wants too so its kinda pointless :/

Maybe try to cluster feed him leading up to bedtime? Offer every 30 min-1 hr the few hours leading up. That is what I've been trying to do, but we are at the two week growth spurt. I'm not sleeping more then an hour at a time... despite nursing her every hour and half to 2 hrs during the day.
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August 13th, 2012, 07:50 AM
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Thanks for the tips, I will try cluster feeding. I uaually offer him a breast before bed no matter how long ago he had his last meal. This way he is full when he goes to bed.
Last night Tristan woke up at 10 when I went to bed. He heard a noise and got scared, cried and asked to nurse. I nursed him to sleep and he still woke up at his usual 1 something am. I will let him be and hope he starts sleeping through the whole night soon. I never had this with DS1 and I am very excited for at least some sleep.
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August 13th, 2012, 08:03 PM
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I wanted DS1 to wake at night so I wouldn't get mastitis (that's how I got it the first time, he STTN) and I wanted to keep my supply up when I went to work. I worked 3 12 hour shifts in a row and I would recover from my spaced out pumping drop at night. He eventually started waking every 1.5-2 hours at night to eat which was fine with me cause we would most of the time sleep through our feedings. It was like our feeding schedule was reversed for nights and days, lol.
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