satisfied on"deeper nutritional level?"

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satisfied on"deeper nutritional level?"
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Tue, 03-10-2009 - 9:53am
Hi!
My 6 month old daughter has not ever slept for more than 3 hours at time since birth. Actually maybe once she made it to 4, but that is rare. She doesn't nap during the day except for what I call a "Nurse nap" and even then, she sometimes doesn't even de-latch. If she does, it's very brief (20 minutes). At night, she still doesn't sleep more than one or 2 hours at a time in her crib. she doesn't always require to be nursed to be put back down in the crib unless it is I who pick her up instead of my husband. We co-sleep part of the night, and I always feel like she is just eating all night long, or maybe even just comfort nursing.
ANYWAY, my friend who is a believer in all of the raw milk, foods, etc. spoke to her nutritional guru that said the reason my baby isn't sleeping longer than an hour or two at a time is because my milk content isn't high enough in fat, and I should be on a high fat diet. She also said my daughter cannot rest and resists sleep because she is not satisfied "on a deeper nutritional level." My daughter is EBF and has been since birth. She never has taken a bottle and won't. I started her on some cereal/banana/pear, but this guru says that she actually needs some cod liver oil and a syringe of raw cream. She said that cereals, etc. just "fill the baby up" and don't satisfy "on a deeper nutritional level." My dr. said it was safe to try, but regular cream has some crazy stuff in it and I am not into the raw (unpasteurized) stuff.
SO, after this long story, my question is...are there other solid foods I could give my daughter to help this situation? Maybe some pureed meats?
Thanks for any input!
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Tue, 03-10-2009 - 11:36am

Actually when you look at the studies of "normal" infant sleep, you may see that your baby is pretty normal.


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Tue, 03-10-2009 - 11:44am

Hi Sarah ((HUGS))


The first thing you need to know is that your milk is fine "fat wise" UNLESS you are on a very low fat or NO fat diet.

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Tue, 03-10-2009 - 11:46am
Thanks so much for all the info! I will look at the sites you sent. I had another quick question though...everyone, including my DH (and sometimes me) is concerned that my daughter will just not learn to comfort herself to sleep and that she needs to just cry-it-out to put herself to sleep. What are your thoughts on that?
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Tue, 03-10-2009 - 11:58am

We have yet to see a mom have to go to college with her child because the child can not comfort himself/herself.


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Tue, 03-10-2009 - 12:01pm

One of my favorite articles on this is in Carols list she posted for you:


http://www.nospank.net/fleiss2.htm


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Wed, 03-11-2009 - 6:21pm
Hi Sarah!

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Wed, 03-11-2009 - 7:52pm
Emi is a little younger, 5 months, but she doesn't nap much. She does the nurse naps, and sometimes I *might* get a 20-40 minute nap out of here where she isn't nursing, but those are rare. She sleeps with me and nurses throughout the night. I have EVERYONE telling me she needs to CIO but they're not the ones who have to listen to her. We dream feed a lot(we co-sleep). I'm getting her a crib soon and I'll side car that to my bed, kind of giving her her own space, but still next to mommy. I know a lot of parents freak, but if I put her on her tummy she will sleep longer(I got 6 straight hours out of her last night! I think it was a fluke tho). Anyway, you're not alone. :) That's really what I was trying to say with all that.
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