How do you stay awake for night feedings?!

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Surfing wedding bee….

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

When I was night nursing professionally for twins, I would sit perched on the side of the bed (as opposed to leaning on something). I also left the Netflix running!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I nurse lying in bed with no blankets or pillows near the baby. If I fall asleep, at least she can’t fall onto the floor like she can in the glider! And I do fall asleep quite a lot of the time – I just don’t think it’s possible to stay awake all the time without going crazy. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Nurse sitting on the floor or get a co-sleeper so you only have to roll over to feed.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I always took my daughter to bed with me to breastfeed. Women have been doing it for millions of years. I never rolled on top on her, she did not fall or get smothered.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Being that tired says to me that you need more sleep in the daytime. The first couple of months of breastfeeding are exhausting. Try to get more naps during the day when the baby is sleeping.

There are lots of houshold tasks that you can put on hold, or have hubby, family and friends pitch in.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@trueblue14:  The breastfeeding book I read (Breastfeeding Made Simple — seriously a good, fascinating read) recommended doing this — in fact the feeding positions they recommend are all reclining so that you can sleep while you feed and using gravity also makes it easier for your baby to get a good latch.  ((Yeah I know — I’m a freak for reading breastfeeding books before even getting pregnant…))

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

DH and I take shifts so that he does an expressed milk bottle feed at night to give me a good long chunk of sleep. Helps me stay awake when I’m in there! Have you been going to bed early enough to get some shut eye in addition to what you get at night? 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Sunshine09:  my goal IS to sleep during night feedings, or at least doze. I nurse in bed with two pillows propping up baby (usually in football hold) two or three behind me and my head. I get cozy enough to zone out. And yes you need to start napping when your baby naps (at least the afternoon one)!

Post # 13
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Busy bee

Slept in the glider with the baby on me, it was the best and I miss those night snuggles !

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