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Dreamfeeding goes against feeding on demand? raptor mommy saves 1 child; Berlin, Germany 698 posts
11th Feb '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.

mom of three 3 kids; Missouri 5080 posts
11th Feb '13

What exactly is "dream feeding"?

Angela Nichols 2 kids; California 464 posts
11th Feb '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 5420 posts
11th Feb '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
11th Feb '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; 1 child; Kentucky 19611 posts
status 11th Feb '13
Quoting Tristan and Liams mommy:" What exactly is "dream feeding"?"

feeding baby while they are asleep

raptor mommy saves 1 child; Berlin, Germany 698 posts
11th Feb '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 5429 posts
11th Feb '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 Due July 25; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
11th Feb '13

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

mom of three 3 kids; Missouri 5080 posts
11th Feb '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?"


lol, this was my thought too.. my LO is EBF and he nurses in his sleep, when he wants too, so its more of feeding on demand/dream feeding.. at the same time. We also co sleep...

raptor mommy saves 1 child; Berlin, Germany 698 posts
11th Feb '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
11th Feb '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 5429 posts
11th Feb '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 Due July 25; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
11th Feb '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
11th Feb '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