Dream Feed Baby & Dream Feeding Your Baby
Greta: Hello. Hello.
Brad: Brad and Greta. My baby can sleep.
Greta: Yes. We are out on date night tonight.
Brad: Date night. Doing it up.
Greta: Date night. Again. Yeah. It’s like our thing, date night and …
Brad: We’re committed to our marriage and I love you very much.
Greta: But, podcast. Podcast and date night.
Brad: Yes. That’s what we do.
Greta: Yeah. It’s a fun night out. Went to Sam’s tonight, did some shopping.
Brad: Went to Sam’s Club.
Greta: Yeah. Sam’s Club and Kohls.
Brad: Where they have 10 gallon buckets of ranch that is tempting to buy.
Greta: 10 gallon buckets of ranch. Yeah. Anyway, what are we going to talk about tonight?
Brad: We’re going to talk about the dream feed.
Greta: Yes. The dream feed. What is a dream feed? Is it like, laying in bed with your baby and dreaming and feeding them at the same time?
Brad: I dream feed about 1:30 in the morning, and I get up and I have a bowl of cereal and I go back to bed. That is my dream feed.
Greta: That’s so weird.
Brad: It’s such a bad habit. I really need to not do that. It’s like the most wasted, awfulness, calories. It’s like the worst thing you could do in the whole world.
Greta: I don’t know how you have the energy to get up out of bed at 1:30 in the morning.
Brad: It’s like I’m up. I think I hear the kids or something. Then I’m like, “Might as well have a bowl of cereal.” It’s a long walk. I get tired on that journey, you know?
Greta: You need some sustenance.
Brad: Yeah. I’ve got to have those Fruity Pebbles to hold me over.
Greta: We don’t have Fruity Pebbles in our house. We’re healthy eaters. Not. Yeah. Anyway. The dream feed. What’s the dream feed? The dream feed is just as its name suggests, it’s a feeding while baby is dreaming. Baby doesn’t wake up to feed and play and do all that stuff. It’s kind of a feeding that you just do while the baby is really drowsy. If you nurse, you pick them up out of the crib and they really, hardly wake up at all. Then, you put them right back down after you’re done feeding. This feeding helps to sustain them throughout the night. When baby is young, they can’t quite make that 11, 10 to 12 hour stretch, so we offer them the dream feed. When do babies sleep through the night, honey?
Brad: Eight weeks.
Greta: Eight weeks old. Some people may think, “Eight weeks old. No way. An eight week old can’t sleep through the night.” But, they actually can. What we mean …
Brad: Sometimes even sooner.
Greta: Yeah. We’ve had some sooner. What we mean by sleeping through the night is a seven to eight hour stretch with no feedings, that they don’t need a feeding. This happens between seven, nine weeks or so. While they’re still young, eight, nine, 10 weeks old, we still offer them this dream feed, so their last feeding of the evening would be, maybe, seven o’clock, let’s say. Then, at 10 o’clock, you’d just wake them up. Well, you wouldn’t wake them up. You’d kind of get them out of their bed and while they’re sleeping, or drowsy, you’re just going to feed them. That’s going to sustain them throughout the night. We don’t need this dream feed for too long. I kind of base it off of weeks and hours, like an eight week old baby can go …
Brad: Eight hours.
Greta: Eight hours. Nine week old baby goes nine hours. 10 week old baby can go 10 hours. I think that’s a good marker. It seems to really work out with the babies that we work with.
Brad: Did you tell them when they do the dream feed and when they don’t?
Greta: Yeah. A dream feed is not in the middle of the night while the baby’s in your room. Hopefully, baby is …
Brad: Not in your room.
Greta: Not in your room and in their own room. You’re just going to get baby out of their crib, feed them, and put them back. Then, you can go to bed and settle in for a long night of sleep in your own bed.
Greta: Then, after they can go that stretch from 10 to seven or so, then we start working that dream feed out, so that you can be done with that by the time baby’s …
Brad: But, do I give them a full feeding? Do they get the full eight ounces in the dream feed? How do I know?
Greta: If you’re breastfeeding, there’s really not a way that you can know what they’re getting. You can kind of tell if they’re a lazy eater or not. If they’re going from 10 p.m. to seven a.m. and they’re when they’re eating, then you know that they’re kind of ready to drop that dream feed. The thing that really important to know, though, is that when you’ve dropped the dream feed, breastfeeding moms need to pump at that point. Yes. That’s super important.
Brad: Good tip.
Greta: Yes. It’s a way to build up your freezer supply and it’s essential to not losing your supply.
Brad: Yeah. Go ahead and get your electronic pump and bring it back into your bedroom where your husband is and be sure to plug that thing in and go, “Wah. Wah. Wah. Wah. Wah.”
Greta: You love the pump, don’t you?
Brad: Oh, man.
Greta: It’s just soothing.
Brad: Oh, yeah. It just soothes me right awake. You know?
Greta: Yeah. The dream feed is not in the middle of the night. It’s the feeding that you give baby right before you go to bed, so that you can both sleep for that whole night. Baby stays somewhat asleep. If you feed with a bottle, too, you can even just take the bottle and if they’re laying on their back, you can just kind of stick it in their mouth and see if they can take a feeding from there, too.
Greta: You don’t even have to pick them up.
Brad: They’re sleeping. They don’t even know.
Brad: That’s me being sarcastic, by the way. You’ve got to know all my comments have been sarcastic this evening, but they’re true. It’s good stuff.
Greta: Yeah. That is what a dream feed is and what a dream feed is not. Get your babies in their own beds. That’s my advice.
Brad: Yeah. Make sure that you watch the stuff on our page and like and share and work with us, guys. We will put a personal plan together for you and your family and get your family sleeping through the night and all that good stuff.
Brad: Boy, we’ve had a lot of students come in this week. It’s been a huge week and a great week for My Baby Can Sleep. We are ramping up advertising and this is really starting to take some wings. We’re starting to help an insane amount of families. We’re probably going to have to start having more mentoring sessions coming up. People are telling their friends and it’s just really cool. We’re excited and all that good stuff. We will see you guys later.
Greta: All right. Have a good night.
Brad: All righty. Bye bye.