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Is a Dreamfeed necessary?
« on: March 23, 2006, 05:40:15 am »
Hi, I have always dreamfed my DD, now 5 months old... we are on the 4 hr easy (with very very short daytime naps - see post in 'naps') around 10:30 or 11. 

I have heard that I shouldn't be waking her to dreamfeed because it disrupts her natural sleep cycle, and that it won't help with nighttime wakings, but then again it makes sense to me that if I feed her while I am still up at night, that is one less time she will wake me in the middle of the night.

What exactly is the reasoning behing a dreamfeed, and what about giving it up?  Just a thought. 

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Re: Is a Dreamfeed necessary?
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2006, 02:40:42 am »
I am going to second you on that question. I have tried it a couple of times and I actually noticed that the second and third nights, my dd woke up a few minutes earlier than I went in the night before. She would never wake that early.  The other few times I tried it....she woke up when I set her back in the crib (she is breastfed).  I have not noticed that the DF helps w/ night wakings...but I don't know if I have done them long enough. I am curious to see what response you get. I haven't found that they work for me yet. How long have you been doing them?

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Re: Is a Dreamfeed necessary?
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2006, 04:30:20 am »
hey guys,
I am interested in answers on this too. I also tried the DF a few weeks ago about 4x and then my DS woke a few min before it was time like yours - I felt it was disrupting his sleep and he didn't sleep much longer than his usual night time wakings so I stopped. I was going to try it again - started last night - for a week and see but am nervous it will disrupt his sleep again and also last night it didn't do any good. My pedi says to NEVER wake a sleeping baby, esp. at night but I know the BW book says differently.

Curious on thoughts on this.
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Re: Is a Dreamfeed necessary?
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2006, 04:43:09 am »
the dreamfeed is just that - a feed while lo is still sleeping.  if your lo has woken while/as feeding then it may form a habit i assume...some lo's it works for some it doesn't - all depends on your lo.  i would cut out the df if lo is waking at that time and work on breaking that habit - and if lo is still waking a lot during then night maybe try it again after the waking habit at df time is broken...it can be hard but lo has to stay asleep for it to work.
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Re: Is a Dreamfeed necessary?
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2006, 02:22:04 am »
I agree.  I have posted elsewhere my frustration at trying the df when my lo was 9 weeks old for 2 weeks - he would never take it but also started waking earlier.  I stopped trying and his schedule slowly worked it's way back.  I'm not going to try it again until he is a little older, i've read in a lot of postings that sometimes babies that haven't taken to it suddenly do when solids are introduced....
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Re: Is a Dreamfeed necessary?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2006, 02:35:50 am »
with that in mind - just another thought - if you do wait as long as 6 months to start the df (when solids are usually introduced...) tracy says the approx age to stop a df is about 7 months - some sooner some later as all lo's are different...just some food for thought.
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