Anna - posted on 03/16/2011 ( 19 moms have responded )
My son is about to turn one. He has slept thru the night before, not for long, but for about a week at a time. That is usually from bedtime, which is 6-7 at night, then wakes up around 6 in the morning, nurses then go back to sleep for about an hour and a half.
A couple months ago he started teething again and started waking up around 1 and 3 (same times he woke up as a small infant) When he woke up, the only thing that would help him go back to sleep was to nurse.
I do not think that he is teething anymore, but he is still waking up. The only thing that puts him back to sleep is nursing. We have tried rocking, singing, patting on the back, crying (which i do not like, and he just gets wound up) everything. How do i teach him to not want food? Or does he need food? He has always been a snacker when it comes to the breast-but eats like a champ at dinner, then only nurses about 2-3 oz before bed. So i don't believe he needs food. I think that he is addicted to getting fed in the middle of the night, and needs it to go back to sleep.
We have also tried not associating food with bedtime, by nursing with all the lights on, then reading a book or doing another activity in between nursing and bedtime.
Help, what should i do? Have I lost hope since he is a year already?