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Night Weaning

Posted by on Jan. 26, 2017 at 7:53 PM
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I am trying to determine if ds#2 (who is alnost 8 months old) is ready for night weaning. He gets up anywhere from 2 to 4 times a night to feed. Occassionally he will get up and just need a pat or a rock to go back to sleep.

I don't necessarily expect him to sleep through the night but longer than 2 and half hours would be great. Ds#2 already nurses every 2 2 and half hours during the day and gets 2 to 3 meals a day. I have tried nursimg him more before bed time. Either he isn't interested or he does eat then spits it all up.

Is it worth night weaning him? Is there more I can do? Or am i just waiting it out?
by on Jan. 26, 2017 at 7:53 PM
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mostlymaydays
by Group Admin - Stacy on Jan. 26, 2017 at 8:02 PM
This group follows what's referred to as "best practice" recommendations and as such we typically suggest that babies aren't nightweaned until after a year old. Dr. Jay Gordon is the resource we usually point people to for night weaning tips.

8 months is a wicked sleep regression and you're coming up on a typical growth spurt around 9 months so it wouldn't be surprising if he actually starts nursing more. Ugh, I know. Not to mention teething. And milestones that often cause sleep disruptions.
mostlymaydays
by Group Admin - Stacy on Jan. 26, 2017 at 8:03 PM
Stevensmomma
by Bronze Member on Jan. 26, 2017 at 8:09 PM
No he's too young
I don't night wean I follow babies lead ds is 16mths and still nurses on occasion at night when he's sick or teething.
MusherMaggie
by Ruby Member on Jan. 26, 2017 at 9:46 PM
No. For the first year, breastmilk should be their main and major source of calories, and babies should be feed on demand, day or night. There are still a couple of major growth spurts coming and he will need to have free access to the breast to bring your supply up to his level of need.

Night weaning naturally occurs usually at 18-24 months with or without help. It is much easier to let it happen without forcing it.
MusherMaggie
by Ruby Member on Jan. 26, 2017 at 9:48 PM
Also, be sure he nurses always before any solids are offerred until he is a year old. No need for purées or spoonfeeding; just give him a few small pieces of whatever you're having.
BearFamily12
by Member on Jan. 27, 2017 at 4:05 PM
Thanks ladies! I was just hoping to get him to sleep a little longer at night. But I guess we will continue what we are doing.
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