Today’s topic for the Breastfeeding Blog Hop: Reverse Cycling
The first thing I thought of when I saw this topic was “I don’t know anything about reverse cycling.” After reading the first 3 posts it hit me like a mac truck that I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF REVERSE CYCLING!!!! I almost bawled my eyes out when I saw my days/nights written out word for word over at theslackermom. I’ve never met this person in my life and yet she knows what I’m going through.
At first I thought my 6 month old was fussy at night because we had started solids. Then I decided it was because he was learning to crawl. I even blamed it on a growth spurt! I posted Monday about being up every 45 minutes ALL NIGHT LONG called “A New Chapter in the Sleep War.” I even say he’s not awake or hungry…..of course he couldn’t possibly be hungry every 45 minutes.
I was WRONG he is HUNGRY! When I nurse him I can hear him swallowing. He will continue to fuss and cry until he is nursed and put back into bed. That’s the only way he will go back to sleep. It’s a nurse-athon around here as soon as the sun goes down!
Yet another thing my breastfeeding books & friends forgot to mention! How are we handling it? I’m NOT!
*deep breathe* “I’m handling it…..this will pass….please make it pass!”
During the day he’s WIDE AWAKE and busy! Sometimes he will have a fussy moment or two, but nothing I do will make this kid nap. This kid has got places to go and things to do since he started crawling! I have tried nursing and then rocking for HOURS (literally 2-3 hours) nonstop, there is no nap. I’ve even put him in his crib and told myself he will sleep— he plays… totally happy but awake. I even tried napping with him, but that doesn’t always work either.
The last two days I’ve tried nursing him every hour from 5 pm until bedtime 9 pm. I offer, but he’s just not interested he would rather play with dad! We implemented a bedtime routine that I’m clinging to like a swimmer lost at sea. This all seems to help, but has yet to FIX the problem. I am still up every hour all night!
There is just too much going on in the world for my active baby!
Since he doesn’t sleep in our bed I do have to get up and get him from his crib. Thank goodness it’s in our room or I would have slept in the nursery floor by now! I nurse him with little light, when he’s falling back asleep I turn out the light, and put him back to bed. I have enlisted my poor husband to assist a few times a night to put the baby back to bed or bring him to me! Bless Don’s heart he’s been such a trooper through all of our breastfeeding battles!
After reading over the blogs linked up below and kellymom.com I have decided to try:
- nursing him with ZERO distractions
- to be patient the 5th time he comes off when I know he should be hungry
- continue to offer during the day as often as possible
I have no answers for you …. just my story to know that you are NOT ALONE. This is a phase and it will pass. I’m not 100% sure it’s reverse cycling, but it sure sounds like my very active baby, our 2-3 minute daytime nursing, and million night nursing sessions.
Did your baby go through reverse cycling? Had you ever heard of reverse cycling?