I have seen several other bloggers post about "dream feeding" recently and had written it off since I didn't think it would be possible to do that while breastfeeding... I mean with a bottle you just bend over the crib and plug it in, right? But breastfeeding, you have to pick him up and position him and put him back down (this is where we normally fail).
Normally I try to get him to go down around 9 but I'm not usually successful until 10 or 10:30 and then he wakes or at least starts stirring around 1... usually I get him up, change him and feed him and it usually takes 45 minutes or an hour to get him back to sleep. And he's only been taking one breast at night these days so I often pump too before I get to go back to bed. Then he's back up at 5.
So last night was bath night and he became TERRIBLY fussy after it, terribly. Finally I swaddled him around 9pm (I don't like to swaddle him too early so that he will sleep until at least 1). The swaddle worked better than it normally does and he was down by 9:20.
Then I heard him stirring a little after one and debated my options... wake/change/feed, pump and wait for him to wake on his own, try dream feeding.
First I was going to leave him for awhile and went ahead and pumped. But after I finished curiosity got the better of me and I picked him up and stuck him on me and he latched, no problem. Actually, he latched better than he normally does awake.
He finished. I patted him for while hoping for a burp (which I almost never get at night) but I did get a little spit up so I figured that was good enough and laid him back down, and hallelujah, he was still sleeping.
I went to bed and heard him stirring. I was terrified that he would wake up and not realize that he'd been fed and scream and I'd be all out of milk, but he slept, all the way to 5:30.
I'm definitely trying that again.
(And his diaper lasted all night too. We've never tried all night before. Another victory!)