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Offline erinsmum36

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hi - my LO is 17 weeks old, is almost on 4 hour easy (3 ish from mid afternoon). She has only ever woken once a night for a feed since she was about 5 weeks old, and recently slept thru from 7pm - 6:15ish for 2.5 weeks. During this time I moved her from 3 - 4hour easy as she was never hungry enough on 3 hour. she still slep thru for about 8 days so I guess she was getting enough to eat. On Saturday she woke at 4am for a feed and I felt really dissapointed, but fed her in quiet, and as usual put her back in the cot awake and left - she gets herself back to sleep with no fuss.
the last 3 nights she has woken between 1 and 2:30am for a feed. I wondered if she needed it as she had managed so many nights sleeping thru, so I tried other things but she cried harder and eventually I fed her - she took roughly 10 mins and that was that.
routine is in mid change but is something like this
E 7
A
S 8:30 bed, 10 mins to S
A 10:30
E 10:50
A12:30 or 1 if lucky
S1-? could be an hour, maybe 2
A2 if woken and wide awake
E 3
A
S 5 maybe in pram out for a walk or back in cot, or in car if errands to do (40 mins)
E  kicking around & cf 1
6:10 bath
E 6:30 last cf
S7pm ish

sometimes she is really sleepy after the 11am feed so after 1.5 hours has a 2nd 2 hour nap - is this a sign of something - 4 hour of naos between 7am ish and 2:30 seems like a lot to me!

im not sure about the cf cos i think she takes less overall or the same than one feed. Also, i have never done a df as she has always slept thru to after midnight from birth, so prefer to leave her be.
I am trying to get more calories into her during the day but its hard to feed her more if she isnt hungry! I am getting to the point where i am thnking of switching to formula just so i can monitor how much she eats - i used to express but now she takes from both sides at each feed its so much hassle to ge tthe odd 2 ounces, plus its a nightmare trying to get her to take a bottle.
i want to persevere to 6 months but the erratic waking is really frustrating me. I have always fed her when she wakes, because 1. it only happens once a night so i assume she probably is hungry, and 2. i dont df so it seems fair that she might need it, but then again she just did 2.5 weeks without!
sooo confused!
baby weighs 14lbs.


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Could she possibly be teething?

My lo is 18 weeks and has just broke two teeth through (thank HEAVENS!) - in the runup it really disrupted his sleep (he would sleep 11-12 hours a night without waking) and messed up his feeds - he would faff about and take ages to actually finish his feed, if he even managed it.


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hi - I did wonder as she drools alot and chews everything but so far cant see anything.. I am really worried that I am becoming a habit for night feeds, but on the other hand she always eats something and doesnt object to going back in the cot awake and I leave immediately. I was also told babies feed much more efficiently at night, so even tho she only feeds for 10 mins, she could get a reasonable quantity.
I have fed her well today and instead of clustering at the end, I left it almost 4 hours and she was properly hungry, so looked pretty full at the end. will see what happens tonight and I will check again for pearly whites tomorrow - thanks

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drool is a big clue to the teeth, plus stuffing anything into their mouths - my lo drooled for about three weeks before there was even the snifter of atooth.