On Friday night, I put Iyla to bed at 7pm. I went to bed at 11pm and I didn’t get woken up until 5am. This has NEVER happened before. She even went back to sleep until 7.15am. I was so shocked when I looked at the time that I had to think really carefully to try and work out if she had woken or not but I am 99% sure that she didn’t!
My little baby insomniac has finally slept through the night after 10 months of waking every 2-3 hours to feed.
I had been keeping it (reasonably) quiet, just incase she was planning on reverting back to her old insomniac ways but when I went to bed the next night expecting the worst, I was again pleasantly surprised, she woke up once at around 4am but I put her musical toy on and after about 5 mins of crying she went back to sleep, then last night did the same. So for the last 3 nights, she hasn’t had any feeds between the hours of 7pm and 5am. I wanted to wait three nights as they say that’s how long it takes them to get used to a change. So I think (although I am not getting too confident!) that I have successfully weaned her off night-feeds! FINALLY!!
My health visitor finally phoned me back on Friday and really helped me to realise that she was basically snacking on milk throughout the night and most of the day which was why she wasn’t hungry at dinnertimes. Then because she wasn’t ever having a proper feed or meal, she was needing to feed more often. I know it makes sense and to be honest Dad2babyinsomniac had been telling me that for ages but sometimes I just need to hear it from someone else – yes okay I am stubborn!
She said that Iyla doesn’t need anymore than 3 feeds a day at this age – even though she is breastfed. So I have been feeding her once in the morning, once about an hour after lunch and once before bed which is probably less than half the amount of feeds she was having previously. I now give her snacks instead at mid-morning and afternoon and she is a lot more interested in eating at meal-times because she isn’t so full on milk. It’s not that easy if we’re at home, I have to wear a jumper and a scarf to try and cover my boobs, if she can see them then it’s torments her. A bit like waving a bottle of vodka in front of a recovering alcoholic. I am determined not to give in now though as it has made such an improvement.
So I think my little baby insomniac might be starting to lose her title although I’m not going to get my hopes up just yet, I know how these babies like to change their ways all of a sudden. The only downside is that now she’s not breastfeeding as much, I don’t get to eat as much cake!