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Night Weaning

My 9.5 month old is still breast fed and getting up pretty often in the night. What can I do? He is sleeping better now but maybe getting up every 3-4 hours.

 
maggiebella25

Asked by maggiebella25 at 10:40 AM on Jul. 15, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • That's totally normal! I personally would ride it out until they are at least a year old before night weaning... in the first year of life breastmilk is still the primary nutrition and the emotional need for nursing is still very, very strong. Add to this things like teething, separation/stranger anxiety, and cognitive and physical developments, like crawling or walking, and those night nursings might be more important than they seem.

    If you're feeling very sleep-deprived, try doing as much self-care as you can during the day so you don't get burnt out. Get rest, reduce stress, accept help, take naps if you can manage it, get adequate nutrition, and take supplements such as a good B vitamin complex.
    Collinsky

    Answer by Collinsky at 4:54 PM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • my dd still nurses at night. it's completely normal!! try nursing more often throughout the day and see if that helps any. loading up on food just prior top bedtime CAN have the opposite effect because their blood sugar rises and then crashes. but if your child is waking to nurse, he obviously needs to :) i think kyrie nursed more than that at night at that age!
    kyriesmommy13

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 10:50 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • That's normal. On average adults sleep 8 hours. That means he wakes up ONCE. Most of us adults wake once just to pee or to shift position. Five hours is considered a sleep through. The VAST majority of babies wake every 3-4 hours on average for needed feeds and/or peeing. They wake more during growth spurts, teething, and new milestones. In the first year, sleep patterns change a lot and a baby may sleep a long stretch one week during a growth spurt and the next wake frequently. All normal. Sleep patterns don't really settle into a more mature pattern until age three or four. Some babies sleep a lot in the first half of the year, but end up waking more later. There is nothing "bad" about a baby that doesn't sleep long stretches of more than four to six hours...they aren't bad sleepers as some say. They are quite normal. It's actually we adults who have forgotten how to sleep effectively because we watch the clock
    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 11:28 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • try giving him a more filling, solid snack, prior to bed. My one year old still nurses once a night.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:41 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

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