I asked Dr. Chris about it at one of Nicolette's check ups and we made the decision to cut out dairy and soy from my diet as she had excessive gas. That was back in February and the doc did say that it could take 2-3 weeks or even more to see the results. I can definitively say that we've definitely noticed a significant decrease in the gas...our little Tootie hardly ever toots anymore! I have relaxed a little bit on the diet and don't freak out if something has butter or soy lecithin in it but I am pretty mindful and make sure not to order a grilled cheese, drink a glass of milk or eat yogurt or any of the obvious culprits. This still works for us so Nicolette isn't too terribly sensitive but is sensitive enough to make a difference. So sadly, I shall remain pretty much soy and dairy free for the duration of our breastfeeding relationship.
With that said, we were still struggling with night wakings by the time we got to Nicolette's 9 month check up so I asked Dr. Chris about it again. I told him that I had heard that if she wasn't sleeping continuously for 8-9 hours uninterrupted by this age that her brain might not be developing properly. He literally laughed at me...out loud laughed at me. He said, "look at your baby...she is developing perfectly." He said that the interrupted sleep is not ideal for mommy so that I needed to do whatever I felt I needed to in order to manage my own sanity. He does not support CIO (Crying It Out) for longer than 30 second increments for a baby Nicolette's age so he offered 3 suggestions:
- To make sure that her tummy is nice and full before bedtime
- To try a cup of Epsom salts in her bath and to make sure that she soaks for at least 10 minutes each night
- To feel free to feed Nicolette one time if she woke up in the middle of the night...he said that some babies DO need the extra calories and/or hydration in the middle of the night. He said think about us grown ups...don't we sometimes wake up in the middle of the night and need a glass of water? Same thing with a baby...why deny them that if it's what they need?
|Look at those bright eyes after a full night's sleep!|
It's amazing that this night sleeping has totally straightened out her naps as well. I used to struggle to get Nicolette down for a nap and could hardly ever get her to sleep more than 20-30 minutes. Now that she's sleeping well at night, her naps are very regular and much longer. She takes an hour to an hour and a half nap in the morning and a 30 minute to hour long nap in the afternoon with little to no effort on my part. For example this morning I rocked her and nursed her and got her good and sleepy, then laid her in the crib. She crawled around for about 5 minutes then laid down and went to sleep on her own...LIFE CHANGING I tell you, LIFE CHANGING! I had always read that good daytime sleep begets good night time sleep but for us it was the exact opposite...we had to get the night time sleep straightened out in order to get good daytime sleep.