BF in the middle of the night thread...how to stay awake!

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MummyPigandDaddyPig Sat 16-Jun-12 01:59:21

( distributes tea biscuits and nursing pillows allround....)

How do yo stay awake at night feeding??? Am struGgling to stay awake and have a sore thumb from playing solitaire on the iphone...alternates with reading muMsnet, daily mail and facebook....

What else is easy reading websites, games apps that dont require any brainpower that I cana entertain myself with? Any tips how to stay awake? Am seriously tired here!

Have cosleept with my dc's from approx 8-10 weeks, which makes night feeds easier, but I have weeks to go until then and wont dare to bedshare yet as older dc's still turn up in qour bed at night....

jaggythistle Sat 16-Jun-12 02:11:29

no help here as i just sit and read mumsnet all night and fall asleep sometimes anyway. blush

i might just steal some ideas if you get some, although my phone is too rubbish for most sites!

PoppyWearer Sat 16-Jun-12 02:14:08

Reading MN, Facebook, BBC News Daily Mail websites on my iPhone or iPad are how I stay awake.

Also sitting bolt upright without a support pillow.

My DC2 is now older and the feeds are shorter, which helps. When he was younger, I used to eat and drink during feeds as well.

domesticslattern Sat 16-Jun-12 03:29:14

I hear you sister!
Yes, eat and drink during feeds. I drank lots of juice in the early days and chocolate too <looks mournfully at unshifted baby weight>
I used to feed sitting up in bed but kept falling asleep on DD2. So now I feed in a nursing chair. V ugly but very comfy and keeps me upright, plus sometimes I rock to try to stay awake.
I know someone's got to say the bleeding obvious which is near impossible to achieve with older DCs, but you are napping every opportunity you get in the day, are you?

melliebobs Sat 16-Jun-12 03:56:05

Lol I'm up for the 2nd time tonight n my girl is a loooooooong eater. See my other thread regarding efficiency.

My feeding routine is as follows

Catch up on Facebook
Check latest headlines on digital spy website
Look at google entertainment
Check mumsnet
Flick through DM showbiz
Catch up on Song Pop app
Play a bit of Pipe roll app then go back to the start !!!!!!

Minstrelsaremarvellous Sat 16-Jun-12 04:23:28

Mellie - what's google entertainment?

Mahjong app keeps me going
MN
Rightmove (house porn)

TessTosterone Sat 16-Jun-12 04:26:34

Hello another one here.

I sometimes put the light on if I am very tired. Generally though I mumsnet or browse bbc news and daily fail. I am not on Facebook and cba'd with games. Would like some other sites to look at though.

Have tried feeding lying down but just can't get the hang of it.

tara0202 Sat 16-Jun-12 04:35:27

Quick check of fb on phone for me and then mumsnet! Think.the bright screen light just about keeps me awake!

I also drink and eat whatever is beside me (usually biscuits!).

I have a very regular pattern of activity - I check my email (although who would have emailed in the middle of the night?), check Facebook (ditto, who would be posting except other BFing mums?!), read my regular threads on MN and browse active convos, then usually resort to playing bejewelled as it requires almost no brain power grin

I did try reading an ebook too, but that was a bit much for my 2am brain.

Ooooooooo DS has gone back to sleep at last! Right, head hitting pillow now - so you all tomorrow night? wink

MummyPigandDaddyPig Sat 16-Jun-12 06:40:15

Thank you soo much ladies, have some new sites to read tonight and will download bejewelled game.

Domestic, I would love to nap more but DS 1 (age 3.5) is not keen on naps so I dose whilst he plays on the ipad in bed for all of 20. Mins ...will demand lie in and nap time from hubby today!!

Thanks for the company see you tonight! smile

PoppyWearer Sat 16-Jun-12 07:30:17

You have an iPad? Use that instead of your iPhone at night. It's my saviour.

What about downloading some TV shows and using earphones?

claireinmodena Sat 16-Jun-12 07:35:04

Mumsnet, news, fb and bejewelled for me too , we're now on one feed a night so less likely to fall asleep, but it's now a bit of a habit!

Babylon1 Sat 16-Jun-12 07:41:37

I'll join in tonight too if that's ok!!! grin

Gwlondon Sat 16-Jun-12 07:42:06

I used to watch tv. Things like CSI.

newmum001 Sat 16-Jun-12 07:44:09

If you like celeb gossip (or even if you don't) perezhilton.com is always good for a giggle!

littleweed10 Sat 16-Jun-12 07:47:13

NBC iplayer good for listening to radio easily on your iPhone / iPad / htc type devices. Easy and instant to access podcasts from the I tunes app store.
Tune in radio app is excellent.

littleweed10 Sat 16-Jun-12 07:47:36

NBC ???!! BBC!

vvviola Sat 16-Jun-12 07:49:02

On DD1 I used to go into the sitting room & watch tv (she was a very focused but loud feeder & could never get comfortable feeding in bed). I got through all 7 seasons of the West Wing before she started sleeping through! grin

DD2 is much more distractable, and I've figured out feeding in bed. I check email & FB (most of my friends & family are on the other side of the world so there often is something to read), chat a bit on twitter, check mumsnet.

If she's still feeding at that stage I google random things that I'be wondered about during the day, or write my shopping list.

I swear, having an iPhone is the only reason I'm still sane (DD wakes a minimum of 4 times a night- at 9 months old)

HeadsShouldersKneesandToes Sat 16-Jun-12 07:53:35

Earphones in the ear of the side not feeding on, listening to comedy e.g. I had the boxed set of Mitchel&Webb on CD ripped into mp3 files, lots of radio4 comedy, - I found I couldn't read when I was that tired, so listening was better. Anything factual just soothed me to sleep, but comedy kept me alert for just long enough.

melliebobs Sat 16-Jun-12 07:57:14

Sorry. Google entertainment. Www,google,co.uk. Click on news then entertainment. smile

SwivelHips Sat 16-Jun-12 08:45:01

I feed in the living room which is next door to our bedroom so I watch garbage that I've taped on the planner. Although last night was Dantes peak on itv. Wouldn't normally watch garbage but I'm desperate. I also have a gander at facebook and mumsnet.
I hate being awake when the rest of the world is asleep. First time I've been able to post on my phone too (dead chuffed emotion) smile

littleweed10 Sat 16-Jun-12 08:53:21

Do the online shopping?!

MummyPigandDaddyPig Sat 16-Jun-12 09:39:43

On the boob again... Ohhh house porn!!! Had forgotten about that!! Will be back on rightmove tonight!smile (grin)

jkklpu Sat 16-Jun-12 09:46:04

Read the paper on Kindle. If I think I'm going to doze off ( do feeds surrounded by pillows in middle of double bed), I set my phone alarm for 10 mins or so to make sure I can switch the baby over to complete the feed. It's so disappointing to wake up, realise you've both slept long enough that it's already about time to start the next one....

I sit on the floor by the baby's cot and read magazines on my iPad. It's too cold and uncomfy to fall asleep. But it doesn't matter because she'll sleep through soon, right?? right??? SIGH.

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