On the advice of a few people, we quickly swapped over to a modified-sleep training.
Apparently there are a lot of people who have lots of things to think and say about this. for those searching, it’s called Cry-It-Out.
Once little Noah was asleep last night, we modified the objectives of the test.
We wanted to achieve:
1) Develop a regular sleep-wake cycle for Noah
2) Establish 1 clear night feed – and avoid 90ml here, 20ml there, and lots of crying in between
3) Give us flexibility to do what we like in the evening
So we agreed the following:
1) Evening feed is around 8pm (when he’s nice and hungry and it’s about 1 hr later than he normally wants to be fed)
2) Once feeding is done and he’s burped, commence the winding down operation. (dim rooms, soft talking, minimize stimulus, reading him bible stories, etc)
3) Dream feed him at about midnight. (this won’t be a full feed. maybe 75-80% of a normal feed)
4) Don’t feed again till 3-4am. One time. Latch (save the trouble of pumping, washing, and a second person waking for feeding.
5) Morning feed is at 7am. Regardless of the time he cries, or whines, feed at 7am only. This establishes a nice cycle of 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 8pm, midnight, 4 am
Last night went well. I slept thru and only wife had to wake to latch. She says it only took 15 minutes cos he was nice and hungry.