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Dreamfeeding goes against feeding on demand? raptor mommy saves 1 child; Berlin, Germany 811 posts
Feb 11th '13

I've been reading into dreamfeeding, but I also feed on demand during the day.
It sounds tempting (that LO will sleep a bit longer) but doesn't it go against the whole idea that you only nurse/feed them when they are hungry.

Angela Nichols 2 kids; California 464 posts
Feb 11th '13

Is that when baby nurses while asleep? Gosh my daughter was always on the b**b. she nursed ( really just sucked, as I don't' think she was getting much while doing that)ALL freakin night. we co-slept.
I don't see how that goes against feeding on demand

melindapple 1 child; Michigan 5425 posts
Feb 11th '13

yes, because it's scheduling your own feeding. I don't think it's a big deal, you can still very well feed on demand during the day. I don't dream feed, but I do feed her straight before brushing her teeth and putting her down for bed (other than that I feed on demand). Then she only wakes up once to eat.

user banned Due January 20; 33 kids; North Carolina 14662 posts
Feb 11th '13

I guess thats what we did with Heathen. But it was only because that's when she would wake up to feed. And she'd wake again around 3-4 to feed. Then was up for the day by 7-8.



That's just how she was though. So it was more on demand feeding for her.

HotMom21ERF Due December 17 (twins); 1 child; Kentucky 20983 posts
Feb 11th '13
Quoting Tristan and Liams mommy:" What exactly is "dream feeding"?"

feeding baby while they are asleep

raptor mommy saves 1 child; Berlin, Germany 811 posts
Feb 11th '13

LO goes to bed at 7, then wakes up around 11, 3, 5 and wakes up at 7. I'm asking cause if I dreamfeed him at 10 he usually goes to 3, but it's an hour earlier than his 'normal' feed.

Smokey_Taboo Due April 22; 1 child; California 5480 posts
Feb 11th '13

is dreamfeeding a term for bfing babies or just sleeping babies in general.
because I feel like nursing mothers and babies probably do this all the time, I know I sure did especially mothers who also co-sleep.
This is a term I have never heard before.
So is it just offering milk to sleeping infant? or if a sleeping infant kinda half wakes up then giving them the bm milk/ formula?

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
Feb 11th '13

I'm so confused :? I feel like I'm missing the concept somehow :?

raptor mommy saves 1 child; Berlin, Germany 811 posts
Feb 11th '13
Quoting Smokey_Taboo:" is dreamfeeding a term for bfing babies or just sleeping babies in general. because I feel like nursing ... [snip!] ... is it just offering milk to sleeping infant? or if a sleeping infant kinda half wakes up then giving them the bm milk/ formula?"


Just sleeping babies in general. It's like giving them the bottle / nursing them in their sleep, before they wake up for their next feed, theoretically so they sleep longer.



edit: Feeding them when you go to bed, so they sleep longer and you get a bigger stretch of sleep.

user banned Due January 20; 33 kids; North Carolina 14662 posts
Feb 11th '13
Quoting LeTs*StArT*a*RiOt!:" Yours had that set schedule too huh? I loved her having a schedule that she followed that she set up herself, made things much easier."


We'd put her to bed between 7 and 8, and she'd get up just before we went to bed, so it wasn't a huge deal to me. The nights that I didn't go to bed til 1 or 2, it was an issue. lol But I was an on demand mom for her, and will be for the next one.
Just like for me. I don't eat at a set time, I'll eat when I'm hungry. If I'm hungry at 4, I don't tell myself 'oh its X hrs until dinner so I have to wait' I'll eat!

Smokey_Taboo Due April 22; 1 child; California 5480 posts
Feb 11th '13
Quoting raptor mommy saves:" Just sleeping babies in general. It's like giving them the bottle / nursing them in their sleep, before ... [snip!] ... so they sleep longer. edit: Feeding them when you go to bed, so they sleep longer and you get a bigger stretch of sleep."


Oh ok I see, I actually did that alot when I co-slept with cecilia when she was 6months to about a 1 1/2? I think it was a combination of her knowing I had gotten into bed and me knowing she would wake up in just a few hours to nurse so I would just nurse her as I feel asleep. I dont think this is the best idea for babies in cribs though because that would mean moving them around and interrupting there sleep, Also I felt like she would only would take what she needed so she wasnt too full and the rest was just comfort.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
Feb 11th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting raptor mommy saves:</b>" Just sleeping babies in general. It's like giving them the bottle / nursing them in their sleep, before ... [snip!] ... so they sleep longer. edit: Feeding them when you go to bed, so they sleep longer and you get a bigger stretch of sleep."</blockquote>



I think that would be ok. Usually I nurse dd if she rustles around so she doesn't full wake up and get upset. I would assume that's kind of a dream feeding and demand feeding. Cause she most likely would have woken up and wanted to feed anyway.

*A&N's Mama* 2 kids; Halifax, Nova Scotia 4627 posts
Feb 11th '13

I'm not sure I follow... I've never fed DD as she slept to get more sleep? But I do feed her before she goes down for the night (she's awake & falls asleep at mt breast) and when she wakes up at 5, I'll bring her in bed and let her feed til she falls back asleep.. Same thing? I don't let her suckle if she's asleep, it irritates my nipples

raptor mommy saves 1 child; Berlin, Germany 811 posts
Feb 11th '13
Quoting Pirate Hooker {BAMW}:" We'd put her to bed between 7 and 8, and she'd get up just before we went to bed, so it wasn't a huge ... [snip!] ... time, I'll eat when I'm hungry. If I'm hungry at 4, I don't tell myself 'oh its X hrs until dinner so I have to wait' I'll eat!"


Yeah no its not like it's a rigid schedule or anything, it's more about feeding them when you go to sleep so they sleep longer too, without interrupting their sleep.



I mean I get the idea behind it and god knows I could use a longer stretch of sleep, but it just doesn't feel right.
I'll nurse LO too when he's restless since we cosleep anyways, but going in there to feed him while he is sleeping kinda irks me.

raptor mommy saves 1 child; Berlin, Germany 811 posts
Feb 11th '13
Quoting LeTs*StArT*a*RiOt!:" Yep that's how DD was. We'd put her in bed at around 7, she'd sleep until 10 and start stirring, then ... [snip!] ... at 8, after SO would go to work. She ate like we did, if she was hungry she ate, but at night she always woke up at 10:30 and 4"


I do the same, thats why I am confused if it's still on demand feeding or dreamfeeding, since they don't show any signs yet. Mind you LO is like clockwork, but he has suprised me once or twice by STTN on his own without extra feedings during the night or before bedtime.