Baby is 6 months old. She still takes milk every 2-3 hours (at least), both day and night. Fine. For this reason, her cot is still in our room since she needs feeding often. Fine. But what is driving me crazy is that, starting about 2 and a half months ago, she has started stirring continuously from about 4am until I finally take her downstairs at about 7am. Maybe one or two of these stirrings are because of hunger, but there seems to be something else waking her up or keeping her from sleeping. Here is a diary of what happened last night, and it's pretty much what happens every night....
20:25 - 15 minute breastfeed lying down in our bed, transferred into her cot 20:40.
23:15 - 10 minute breastfeed sitting on bed and straight back into cot.
01:06 - 12 minute breastfeed sitting on bed and straight back into cot.
03:22 - stirring quietly to signify she will want milk soon but I leave her for now.
03:47 - she wakes properly for milk. Breastfeed sitting on bed for 9 minutes. Straight back into cot.
03:53 - farting, holding her toes, rolling around,. eyes wide open. Seems happy so I leave her.
04:00 - she's getting upset. I try shushing her through the bars of the cot, stroking her, speaking softly put the blanket back around her. Nothing works. Take her out and rock her, she's just restless.
04:05 - I take her in our bed and offer the breast. She feeds for 20 minutes (not sure if much genuine drinking went on, or just comfort sucking?).
04:30 - back into her cot.
05:00 - moaning again, I'm so tired, I take her in our bed and offer the breast again. Not sure if she takes it or not because I nod off.
06:15 - moaning again, moaning, moaning, moaning.
06:45 - I give in and take her downstairs.
07:05 - she asks for milk and takes a 7 minute proper feed in between playing.
Thanks to anyone who has managed to read this far. Does anybody have any ideas?