Basically reverse cycling is when your baby nurses more frequently at night and less frequently during the day. Check out kellymom.com for more info on reverse cycling and ANYTHING breastfeeding related!
Luckily, Grady never reverse cycled! He’s always nursed at night, but never more frequently than he did during the day. When he was a newborn he nursed every 1-3 hours round the clock. Once he got a little older, he was able to spread it out to about every 3-4 hours. So basically, he was nursing 3-4 times at night. Sometimes more, sometimes less. It never really bothered me. Co-sleeping made it pretty easy to nurse him and go back to bed and not feel too tired in the morning.
Around a year of age, he dropped his night nursing down to 1-3 times a night, and then now, at 19 months, he sleeps through the night on most nights. He sometimes wakes early in the morning between 5 or 6 and he’ll nurse and go back to sleep for another hour or 2. It’s weird to actually be able to sleep through the night again. We still co-sleep and I STILL find myself waking up every few hours wondering if he’s ok, LOL! I’m slowly getting used to it! I’ll finally adjust and then the new baby will be here to start the process all over again.
Did your baby reverse cycle? What did you do to change it? I’ll need to know just in case the new baby does!