Dream Feeding

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elleon17's picture
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Dream Feeding

I know this isn't any option for mommies who are exclusively nursing, but since I pump so much I thought I'd give it a try.

She nursed before bed at 8:30, asleep by 8:45. Fussed around 1:30 and I dream feed her EBM and she was out till 7:30!!! I had to wake her up so I could go to work.

Hoping this keeps working.

Anyone heard any negatives about dream feeding?

Heatherbella's picture
Joined: 02/14/05
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Why can't you dream feed when you're breastfeeding? I dream feed M every night before I go to bed. He's still up every f'ing 2 hours right now...but I can't help but think it's better than not doing it.

elleon17's picture
Joined: 01/26/09
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Not sure, maybe you can. Wink

S is not a great nurser in bed and she always wakes up if I move her even slightly, so I have to do the bottle of EBM to make this work. But it did work again last night!!! Yahoo

Of course, I'm crazy and have been reading too much about SIDS awareness month, so I still didn't sleep because I checked on both kids almost every two hours. Oh how I hate having anxiety issues.

Clarkton's picture
Joined: 01/07/08
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Yeah, I'm the same as Heather and dream feed A all night long. I barely wake long enough to roll us over and pop her on the other side so not always sure how often it is but it has to be at least 3 times a night from between about midnight to 6 or 7 am. So I bet it's about every 2 or at most 3 hrs. I think she may space her night feeds out better once I get her in a crib in a separate room. I'm working toward that and am excited to try to get her on a better schedule where I can get her in bed before I'm getting in bed and can accomplish things better in the evening and also can get better sleep once I get to bed.

Glad to hear you are finding some things that are working for you. It's so hard to be working full time and having ongoing sleep disturbances throughout the night.

PatienceW's picture
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at the risk of sounding dumb...what is dream feeding?

angelover02740's picture
Joined: 07/10/07
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we dream feed but not that late, ive read that your suppose to dream feed no later than 11 pm or its considered a meal and not a dream feed. dh usually gives her a bottle around 10:30-11 and she stays sleeping until about 6-6:30 am i have to wake her up at 6:30 to get ready to work

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"PatienceW" wrote:

at the risk of sounding dumb...what is dream feeding?

Dream feeds involve feeding your baby whilst still asleep, the theory is that by doing this you will get a longer stretch of sleep for yourself.

How to dream feed

Feed your baby about 10pm - 11pm before you go to bed - You pick your baby up and sit comfortably with them and give them a breast or bottle feed, ensure there are no loud noises or lights that can act as a stimulus.
To get the baby to start sucking you may need to elicit the rooting reflex by gently stroking their cheek with your nipple or teat. If the baby doesn't feed then try changing your position to disturb the baby a bit or stroke the palm of their hand or sole of the foot.
Try not to disturb the baby too much so they become very wakeful. Then offer the breast or bottle again, unless your baby is deeply asleep they will eventually feed. The first few times can be very hard to get them used to feeding this way.
See here for more on sleep cycles. If you look at the sleep cycle chart on the right you can see that the deepest phases of sleep occur between 9pm and midnight, the time you would be attempting to give your little one a dream feed.