staying awake..

Discussion in 'Breastfeeding' started by elsmogro, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. elsmogro

    elsmogro Well-Known Member

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    I am wondering if anyone has any tips to help them stay awake when bfing at night (or anytime really)
    I dont want to co-sleep as i am a really heavy sleeper and move around alot so it frightens me the thought of doing that. Also its my first baby and im going to be a single parent so will most likely be very tired haha.

    thanks ladies xxxx
     
  2. purplepower

    purplepower 1st time Mummy

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    I read the forums on my phone during night feeds.
     
  3. Hazfoz

    Hazfoz Well-Known Member

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    I read the forums on my phone too and check facebook, my head often nods during a night feed but don't think i've ever actually fallen asleep, also I think as soon as LO makes a sound I always wake up anyway.
     
  4. SazzleR

    SazzleR Well-Known Member

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    I downloaded some audio books & listen to those on my iPod. They've worked great so far. My head often nods too but it soon wakes me up when it does! x
     
  5. Future-Sailor

    Future-Sailor Well-Known Member

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    Forum and tv
     
  6. UkCath

    UkCath Well-Known Member

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    Dh bought me a kindle for my birthday and its great for reading while bfing
     
  7. T-Bex

    T-Bex Mother of one

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    Facebook/Forums on my phone was what kept me going in the early days. That and a good book that really keeps your interest. Until Bethan was about 4 months(!) I kept myself up by reading 'The Politics of Breastfeeding'. Not only is it really interesting, it really helped to remind you why your doing what your doing!

    EDIT

    I just saw your from Middlesbrough (I'm from Guisborough ;)), and the breastfeeding rate for our area is the lowest in the country! So, yay for another (planned) breastfeeder!
     
  8. PrayerfulHope

    PrayerfulHope Mom of 2

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    I thought I wouldn't cosleep but I ended up doing it. You're so connected to baby that any time she stirs you'll know. I started falling asleep with her on accident and that's how it all started, nothing could keep me awake, she puts me to sleep. Even still bfing her in a dark room will knock me out.
     
  9. TigerLady

    TigerLady CaveTiger Clan Mama

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    I was also completely against the idea of co-sleeping... until Otter had different ideas. :dohh: He absolutely refused to sleep any other way. I ended up sleeping in a chair in the front room with him in my arms for 11 weeks. That is actually a very UNsafe way to co-sleep. :( But he was nursing every hour, as soon as I put him down he would wake, and I didn't know what to do! :wacko:

    Finally, I got an Arm's Reach co-sleeper, researched how to co-sleep safely, complied with all of that and went for it. What a relief! I ended up loving co-sleeping and have done so with both my kids. I didn't even try to NOT co-sleep with DK.

    Anyway, if you can manage to make it work without co-sleeping, then great! :thumbup: But, if you find yourself totally at a loss like I did, make sure to look into how to co-sleep safely and try it out. The worst thing you can do is what I did -- be completely unprepared for a baby that insists on co-sleeping and ending up being unsafe about it.

    As for staying awake when they nurse at night.... Ugg! When they are nursing every hour, I have no idea. :haha: Even now I sleep through most of DK's nursing because she snacks all night long. I sort of half wake at her big 300 am feed, but that's it.
     
  10. Char.due.jan

    Char.due.jan Mummy to Luke

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    I'm on a night feed now and struggling to stay awake! I need to be up at 7 too urgh!
     
  11. Kittycat76

    Kittycat76 Well-Known Member

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    Eat! My health visitor advised eating every few hours to keep my blood sugars steady, so I have a box next to my chair in the nursery full of goodies. I'm actually tucking into a fruit bun at this very moment.

    I also try not to be too hot (wearing my lovely cosy dressing gown always made me sleepy) and go on my iPhone looking at Facebook/ the forum/ Internet etc.

    Having said all that, when the sleepiness actually creeps over me there's not much I can do - it feels like I've been drugged!

    Good luck with it all x
     
  12. elsmogro

    elsmogro Well-Known Member

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    wow as if its the lowest in the country!!!! thats given me more determination to do it and give my baby the best start no matter how tired/sore i am lol.

    ooh i think ill check out that book too, help keep me awake and focussed when trying to stay awake haha. :flower:

    thanks everyone for your suggestions, ill do my best but if i need to cosleep ill invest in a co sleeper :) xx
     
  13. Marie1337

    Marie1337 Well-Known Member

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    Angry Birds on my iPhone. Though now I co-sleep as I just couldn't handle the 3 to 4 wakings per night.
     
  14. punk_pig

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    Unless you are feeding lying down, try to avoid feeding in bed. If you have space set up a chair to feed in as sat up in bed is not only a very difficult position to feed in it is also easy to fall asleep by mistake ( too cosy) and is an unsafe place to let go your hold of LO (duvet, pillows etc.)
     
  15. membas#1

    membas#1 mommy at last!

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    i also have the arms reach cosleeper and LOVE LOVE LOVE it :) and i've dozed off while BFing baby in bed, but i think it's been more of a nodding off and then waking myself up...i keep my laptop by the bed and have the forum up to read or some TV show to watch--usually reruns of Big Bang Theory cuz it makes me laugh.
     

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