Night time feeds
Where do you breastfeed your baby?
, Mar 16 2012 04:32 PM
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 04:32 PM
Our little one sleeps in a bassinet in our room and i breastfeed him overnight sitting up in bed.
Is this what others do or do you go to the living room/nursery etc?
It seems to be going ok and DH sleeps through, so no probs there. Am just curious.
Also, any tips for staying awake during night time feeds? I keep nodding off!
Posted 16 March 2012 - 04:37 PM
I breastfeed DD2 in the loungeroom on the couch, with one dim lamp on. And my iPhone for entertainment
I also eat a banana when I wake for a night feed and find this wakes me up a little.
Personally I don't enjoy feeding in bed, I find it uncomfortable and like to keep DH and my bed "our" space only. Just our personal choice, I can understand that for many it is the easiest/most comfortable option. Whatever works for you OP
Posted 16 March 2012 - 04:41 PM
DD1 was in her own room from the start. There was no chair in there, so we'd go to the lounge. I'd watch tv or read a book.
DD2 is in our room, so I just pick her up then sit in bed. DH sleeps through her crying and nappy changes. I check the internet on my phone.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 04:42 PM
In the office/study while lurking about on EB. Helped keep me awake.
There was so much crap on late night TV that I stopped bothering with the living room feeds after having to endure one too many Ab Circle Pro infomercials or Skippy the Bush Kangaroo re-runs.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 04:43 PM
I like feeding in bed, I need my sleep/rest at night and I feed in a half-asleep trance. Immy is either in a cot beside our bed or actually in our bed, when she wakes, I pick her up and lie her down beside me so we are both lying down to feed. I often nod off while feeding and she just detaches when she's finished. Once I started feeding at 2am and woke up at 5am to find she was still attached and "dummy-sucking" on my breast!
Posted 16 March 2012 - 04:44 PM
I did this with DD for a few weeks but I didn't find sitting in bed with her very comfy and then I would still need to go to the nursery to change her nappy.
I used to go and feed her in the nursery where I had a recliner once she was sleeping in her cot (8 weeks). Much more comfortable.
ETA - 5/6am feed was done in bed while I slept. When she grizzled I would wake up, put her on the other boob and go back to sleep!
Edited by White-Lily, 16 March 2012 - 04:45 PM.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 04:45 PM
I used to breastfeed my babies in bed. Once they were moved into their own room, sometimes I would sit in their room in a comfy chair, or bring them into bed if I was really tired.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 04:47 PM
I did as you are with all three. I could not think of anything worse then physically getting out of bed to feed a baby, especially in the dead of winter.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 04:47 PM
We coslept not in my plan but DD2 fed constantly overnight till I weaned at 9 months
Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:13 PM
I don't feed in bed very often as my boy likes to attach any which way and mangle my nipples! I sit in the lounge or in the nursery in a comfy chair. Then I can change his nappy to as pp said. I thought I would love to feed in bed but not so far...
Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:15 PM
I used to feed DD2 in her room & I set up a little tv in there so I could watch & not fall asleep from boredom.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:35 PM
Even though he's in a cradle next to my bed, we wander out to the lounge with a dim light on. I have my laptop for entertainment or the tv and hard drive with downloaded tv (because infomercials suck). I occasionally snuggle him into bed for his 5am feed and sometimes I'm lucky enough for him to go back to sleep till 7-ish.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:49 PM
i had dd laying next to me in bed, in a safe cosleeping position and boobed while i slept.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:00 PM
I night fed dd in front of tv, turned down low. I tried one feed in the chair in her room and it made me go batty, isolated and depressed for some reason. I never fed in bed, I did not want her associating our room as a rest/food outlet. Even in hospital I never fed my dd in bed. Bed is a sacred space for me and my DH and I do not want that invaded but that is just me.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:10 PM
I do the same as you OP ... My little one is just over 9 weeks old and is waking a zillion times a night... So its just easier ... I either browse the net on my phone or iPad or play draw something or another simple game
I can't see us changing this setup anytime soon .. I'm too tired to move him to his own room and be traipsing Round the house during the night
Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:32 PM
When my children were in a basinette in our bedroom I would feed them in bed lying down ( (following safe co-sleeping guidelines as I would sometimes fall asleep). Sitting up in bed is really bad for your neck, back and shoulders. Ouch!
Once they moved to their own room, a comfortable armchair in their room. DS is now 12 months and I use the chair for all feeds. I use to bring him back to my bed for any wake ups after about 4am but he sleeps longer in his own bed. I travel with the children a bit and often have to feed sitting on beds etc and really long for the armchair when I am away.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:40 PM
I BF my DS2 in the lounge room on the recliner chair while I watched TV at night time. It was one of the few times that I could watch what I wanted to on TV because everyone else was in bed, so I didn't mind having to get up in the middle of the night most of the time. I didn't want to feed the baby in my room because I didn't want to wake my DH up during the night.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:46 PM
I always fed in bed at night as our bedrooms are all up one end of the house and the lounge up the other - I hated walking through hte house in the dark! DS was also in a cradle in our room until he was 3 months as well - I just sat up (or slumped half asleep when he fed every hour
) - and as he got older I would sometimes ask DH to shove right to the other side and lie down and feed DS - he always seems to sleep better when I do so - but he's very cuddly so that oculd also be it as well.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:48 PM
I feed in his room, on the glider chair in that we have in there, but he sleeps in there, the changetable is in there and there is a dimming light in there so its a whole 'environment' that I have set up. It also has, spew rags, water bottle, my phone on charge and snacks, all within arms length from the chair, makes life easy
I have always felt like our bed is exactly that. Our bed. Its the one space that we have that is ours and sacred. I know others don't think this way though. I also detest having to change the sheets more than once a week because there is breast milk all over them from him spewing, and me spraying
Edited by MrsW87, 18 March 2012 - 08:48 PM.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:02 PM
I fed DD in the lounge for the first few months then after a whle I got so tired I would get her from her bed and lay in our be (DH sleeps through anything).
With DS I have fed him laying in bed from day 1 - I often fall asleep while feeding and wake an hour later because he is restless, he hates sleeping in our bed so then it's back to his bed. I out a sick rag under his head to keep the sheets clean
The only drawback - he likes to feed lying down all the time!
Edited by Isabelle Thomas, 18 March 2012 - 09:04 PM.
Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:50 PM
I feed 8 wk old DS in the lounge room, lights (and sometimes tv) on - i want him to have a serious feed so we both need to be awake! Dream feeding or feeding in bed never worked or us
Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:01 PM
We bought a jason lazyboy for me while I was pregnant, both to sit in for those last few months and to feed in once the baby came. DH liked it so much when we were trying out chairs that he got one for him too!
Admittedly we have both had disc prolapses and various back problems, so not entirely unjustified. I really needed to make sure I could feed sitting very supported. My back has only gone out once since DD came along (when I stupidly stopped elevating/stretching my legs out during our feeds), and having to pick her up and carry her around with back pain and sciatica for those few weeks was horrible.
For the first 6 months DD was in a bassinet in our room, so had the chair next to our bed. It's now in her room next to the cot. I have always just fed in the dark. I did use a dim torch or the light of my phone to help with the latching in the early days though.
Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:09 PM
On a comfy chair in the nursery. In the early days this was easier because I'd need to change his nappy to keep him awake and finish his feed. Now it's just habit and keeps me awake for the feed without disturbing DH.
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