L.B. asks from Rochester, MI on January 28, 2009
5 Month Old Twins Sleeping at Night
I have 5 month old twin boys and am breastfeeding. One goes to bed early around 7:30 and the other not until 8:30. They both wake up at 11pm or 12am and then are up every 2 hours after that to eat. The difficulty is that there are 2 of them, so I feed one at 11pm and one at 12am then from there i am up every hour feeding them. We have tried to wake them both up at the same time to feed them, but what if one of them is ready to sleep longer - i don't want to squash that. And now for some reason they are both waking up at 3am WIDE awake and don't go back to sleep for a good hour. I breasfed my daughter every 2 hours at night, so this is not a problem for me, but having 2 at the same time is geting a little tricky. Any advice on how to make this work and still get some sleep?
J.G. answers from Detroit on January 29, 2009
I found with my twins, that I just had to wake them up and feed them at the same time. Otherwise, I was up all night. And, quite frankly - even with feeding them together, I still didn't get much sleep. It wasn't ideal, and I felt terrible waking them up sometimes, but I couldn't survive otherwise.
I wish I had better advice, it's really hard. You can try stretching out the times between their feedings - and keeping them up a little later at night too. They shouldn't "need" to eat every 2 hours at that age.
P.R. answers from Detroit on January 29, 2009
Try keeping them up a little later...play with them, it's almost as if they still have their days and nights mixed up. Try to keep them awake till YOU go to sleep...and I know it's early but when my youngest ate every 2 hours, he just wasn't full......i gave him cereal at night and he slept like a baby...lol
L.O. answers from Detroit on January 28, 2009
I commend you for exclusively nursing twins. I know how hard it is...
I exclusively nursed my duaghter who did not sleep well and was up at night for months..
I remember how it si to feel like a zombie..
After 5 months I might try a bit of formula or maybe have dad give a bottle of expressed milk once late at night... you do have to sleep.
We worked out a plan that I went to bed early 8 or 9 pm.. my husband stayed up with the baby and gave her a bottle and them put her to bed. so I managed to get 4 or 5 hours of sleep //
L.C. answers from Detroit on January 28, 2009
I don't have any advice but I think you're awesome for nursing your twins, taking care of a 2 year old, and working!
I know what it's like to nurse ONE baby every 2 hours around the clock, but haven't had the experience of nursing twins.
I hope you get some great advice that will help you continue to nurse and get some sleep :)
N.K. answers from Detroit on January 29, 2009
You should talk to your doctor. At 5 months old, babies should be almost sleeping through the night. They absolutely do not have to eat every 2 hours. My daughter stopped eating between 11pm and 7am by month 3. For your own sanity - try to stretch this time out more.