These are the honest confessions of a tired Mom with a breastfed baby who doesn’t sleep. I’m changing my diet to explore the possibility my baby has a dairy allergy.
I had planned to write Annabelle her five month letter today, but I am so exhausted that my brain isn’t functioning to do such a thing. Last night we had our hundreth sleepless night in a row.
These are the honest confessions of a tired Mom with a breastfed baby who doesn’t sleep.
Annabelle wakes every hour, crying/whining/growling at us, and only falls back to sleep after 1) nursing and 2) in a new place other than where she woke up. She rotates from Rock-n-Play to Pack-n-Play to our bed and then back to the RnP again. The cycle continues until 6am when she wakes up smiling and ready to start her day.
I don’t know what to do anymore and I think I have tried everything:
We don’t do cry it out. Period.
If she falls asleep in her crib, it only lasts 2 hours and then she repeats the same cycle she does if she fell asleep in our room.
I’ve given her a bottle on top of the boob to fill her tummy, but she still wakes up to eat 2 hours later.
It’s too hot for a swaddle. She doesn’t like them anyways and grunts and whines until she busts out of it.
She has been treated for acid reflux and does NOT have it.
We have a humidifier.
We have a sound machine.
She sleeps on top of a shirt that I’ve worn during the week when she isn’t in bed, so she can smell me.
I am going to try to change my diet.
Since she has always had sleep issues, maybe I am eating something that is upsetting her stomach. My four month old has mucous in her poop – which can be a sign of a dairy allergy. Annabelle wakes frequently during the night for no reason, which can be another sign of a dairy allergy.
I am starting with cheese. I already have a limited diet due to my sensitive stomach, and cheese (which contains milk proteins) can be a negatively affecting my little one. If you know me, you know that I love my cheese. I eat it as much as I can, whenever I can, and its the only dairy that I can handle. I am going to give it up for two weeks. If she starts sleeping better, then we know its the cheese. If not, then I will reintroduce it in my diet and try something else (soy perhaps).
The only thing that gets me through the day without a mental breakdown from lack of sleep is this girl… she is too cute, too sweet, and keeps me going.
Have you ever had a baby with sleep issues due to your diet?