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Night Feeding - Did you night wean?

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Poll: Did you night wean?

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Yes - before 6 months
 
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Yes - after 6 months but before 11 months
 
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Yes - after 11 months
 
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No - never
 
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Night Feeding - Did you night wean?

Just wondering if parents here ever night weaned intentionally? I was told by our doctor that the baby can stop eating overnight at 6 months. I didn't ask how many hours overnight was but just wondering if anyone here night weaned, and if you did, how you did it? I have heard stories like cold turkey, water, reducing time feeding etc.

Thanks.
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As babies get older, heavier, more balanced, they should naturally sleep through the night longer. Once you start giving solids, that'll help them sleep longer through the night too.
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We introduced solids at 4 months and followed this site. The recommendation lined up with what our pediatrician was advising.
http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/ ... hZqHn-k5K8

With night weaning, the first kid we started at 6 months, second kid, 4 months. Essentially just kept stretching it out. Not easy at first, pays off in the long run.
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My son is almost 20 months old and still wakes up several times at night. I co-sleep with him though, so that’s part of the reason why. Anyways, I “breastfeed” him when he wakes up, but he does it for comfort, not because he’s hungry. I will let him wean himself when he’s ready.
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I never night weaned. I breastfed on demand. They just gradually started to sleep for longer periods at around 9 months.
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LO was waking up twice a night to feed. I weaned her from one of the feeds at around 5 months when I sleep trained her. It only took two nights and all I did was reduce the amount per feed and then she just stopped waking for it. I tried to do the same with the other feed but I can't seem to get her off the feed at around 3/4am, but she only drinks half of what she normally takes and goes straight back to sleep. She sleeps at 8pm, so 8 hours until a bit of eating seems reasonable to me. She is 7 months now.
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Baby co-slept with us. My wife just breasfed on demand during the night while lying on her side. Often my wife wouldn't even wake up during a feed at all. Why wait to be woken up by crying and then have to get out of bed for a feeding? We found co-sleeping to be the best way for all of us to get the most sleep.
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My ped said my baby should be sleeping through the night by 6 months. Experienced moms told me it’s nkrmal for babies to feed up to twice a night until 9months. I tuned into what my baby wanted. Every time he woke at night, he would take less and less feed. Twice went down to one at 6-7mos. Then the random times he’d wake, he wouldn’t feed at all.
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Thanks everyone, our baby is in the top 80th percentile so shouldn't have to eat, but gets up at least twice to eat and seems really hungry. Co-sleeping is out of the question, my wife doesn't even know how to BF lying down, and add to that, I think we wouldn't feel safe co-sleeping.
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We tried to night wean the last week and baby is just getting stressed and seems to hate to go to sleep - whether nap or BT. We have tried adjusting wake times, being softer, being stricter, spending more time with her, playing more games, giving more activities, winding down more carefully, everything we can think of. I think we will have to give up trying as the last thing I need is sleep aversion - which it seems he is getting :( Parenting is so much work!
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Jakinthe wrote:
Jan 14th, 2018 12:20 am
my wife doesn't even know how to BF lying down
Honestly, if she knows how to lie down, and she knows how to BF, she will be able to BF lying down. It's just that easy. Also, go poke around Kellymom
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Son is 9 months old and we did not intentionally wean him off but he started sleeping longer through the night on his own around 6 months. That all went away once he started teething, our son has been teething non-stop since he was 7 months and is on his 7th and 8th tooth now. He wakes up from the teething and needs to be comforted and milk is a good way to comfort him instead of Tylenol.
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My son slept through the night by 3 months if he wasn’t sick or teething. I made sure he had a large feeding right before bed and he usually dosed off on my breast. By 3 months he was already in the 90th percentile and by 6 months, he was 25lbs and off the charts in weight and height. He wasn’t born big at 7lbs 11oz, I’m only 5’1 115lbs prebaby weight and my husband is 5’10 and 150lbs so I have no idea how he got so big...

If he was sleeping that well and growing well too, I would not bother feeding him...sleep for the mother is very important for milk yield too!
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Jakinthe wrote:
Jan 16th, 2018 10:27 pm
We tried to night wean the last week and baby is just getting stressed and seems to hate to go to sleep - whether nap or BT. We have tried adjusting wake times, being softer, being stricter, spending more time with her, playing more games, giving more activities, winding down more carefully, everything we can think of. I think we will have to give up trying as the last thing I need is sleep aversion - which it seems he is getting :( Parenting is so much work!
Wow, you're doing too many things in too short amount of time. Read a few book or sites with different methods and follow the one that makes sense to you and then make sure everyone who's around the baby follows the method. Generally it takes two weeks for the baby to adjust as the baby needs to learn what you're doing. If it's something drastically different, there will be a lot of crying, but you all have tough it out. If something is tried for a week, another thing the next and another the next, everybody is confused and everyone involved will be unhappy.

Remember that there are no right or wrong methods, the baby will adjust, what matters is what the parents are comfortable with and what they're trying to achieve.

i.e. Off topic. To make sure my kid didn't leave the room at night when we switched to a bed, I stayed outside the room till the kid slept. Had to do this for 2 months for the first kids because after we close the door, kid would get up and try to come out. Eventually I just kept the monitor with me and when the kid would get up, I'd go in the room and put em down. That was at 2 years old. I've always done the same thing, now at 5 the kid know that I'd just put them back to bed if they got out.

With the second kid, kid never left the room or ever tried to get out of bed. So you can get lucky, but if you're not, just follow whatever routine you decide on and stick to it.

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