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February 22, 2008

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Ewokmama

Gosh, triplets sound like fun. ;) I think it's hilarious that doctors say babies should be able to sleep through the night. All the research I've read says that at least half of babies don't sleep through the night during the first year of life. *Should* really means nothing when it comes to kids, I think! (Especially breastfed babies since breastmilk digests so quickly.)

Erin

P slept through the night for about1 month of his first year. It happened around 3 months. After that, when people asked when he'd started sleeping through the night and I said that he wasn't really, they were invariably shocked. I got tired of explaining the whole "breastmilk digests faster, baby eating on demand, etc." stuff, so finally I just started saying he'd started sleeping through the night at 3 months and stopped mentioning that he wasn't doing that anymore.It was hard. It was really hard. I can't imagine three, but I am so proud to know you and how much you're doing for your babies. I tell my Bradley students that I know someone breastfeeding triplets and they are always impressed (and wonder when you sleep)!

Anonymous

please read Jenn at Amazing Trips as she is working on sleep training for her 7 month old. She has 3 YO Trips.

Jody

Ah the joys of triplet babies and their amazing tag-teaming abilities.

pam

ack, your kids are so eloquent! :) sam sounds like he's been talking to my boys. giving them ideas. ;)

Eliza

I am new to your blog (found you through Marie-Baguette), but just read through the past few entries, and, having had experience with FTT (and NG tubes, etc.), I have some strong feelings on the matter. If she is likely to need long-term supplementation, I would push for a g-tube. Now, I know that that is totally counter-intuitive, I mean it's SURGERY, but--BUT--putting in an NG tube is a brutal, nasty thing, and they have to be changed at least once a week, and that's IF the baby doesn't pull it out before a week. Also, there is the risk of the tube getting pulled partially out and then going into the trachea rather than the esophagus, which is why you have to check the 'placement' each time you use an NG tube, with a stethascope. Since your littlest little one seems to have issues tolerating volume, my guess is that they would want her on an overnight "drip feeding" to supplement her oral intake during the day, and I simply am not comfortable leaving the feeding pump running and going to sleep, when the baby could pull on it (they can even rub it out against the crib-sheet, trust me--at four months, mine had the fine-motor skills to pull an edge of tape and rip the whole shebang loose if not swaddled. I'd take the risk of anesthesia and (minor) surgery over the risk of aspiration pneumonia and almost certain death ANY day of the week--g-tubes reverse easily enough, you just pull them out and the hole closes within minutes. It's your call, and I AM a bit of an alarmist on the matter, but...anyway...let me know if you have any questions about what to expect should you go the tube-route (the good news is that then most insurance companies will pay for formula for the baby with the tube because if it is "injected" into them it is medicine, whereas if they are drinking the same stuff it is food) and good luck.

Malky B.

You are so funny. Good to start the communication with the wee ones early!

triLcat

People keep telling me my baby can sleep through the night and doesn't need the food. Honestly, she's big for her age, has nice fat deposits, and I'm sure that it wouldn't hurt her body to do without that feeding. (She's almost 8 months old)But - as parents, we also look to establish security for our child. If my baby wakes up and she's hungry, then she needs the emotional assurance that her needs will be met.I decided that for my own sanity, I'd rather just feed her and put her back to bed than fight with her - however, triplets are more and harder, so you may need to make different decisions.The Steeces had good sleep results with their quads. see: http://thelifeofsuz.blogspot.com/2007/12/lots-of-pics-to-catch-up-on.html

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