Visitor Breastfeeding Question: My baby just turned 6 months old & about two weeks ago he started waking up every two or three hours at night. He had his 6 month check-up & everything was fine…his doctor didn’t know why he might be doing it but suggested I just let him cry it out. I tried that but he just won’t go back to sleep until he nurses. I am EXHAUSTED!! He takes a good nap during the day & he eats baby food three times a day. He doesn’t nurse like this during the day. I really need some advice…
Breastfeeding Magazine Response: It is very likely that your little on is simple having a growth spurt.
Babies usually have an initial spurt between one and three weeks; and another between six and eight weeks.
Then you can expect them again at three months, six months, and nine months. These growth spurts normally last only a couple days, so you should be getting more sleep again soon!
If it doesn’t change, try encouraging him to feed more often during the day so that he is not as hungry in the night. Then limit nursing at night as much as possible. Then his body will adjust to the routine you want.