Did your breastfed baby ever start sleeping through the night on his/her own?

Carrie - posted on 04/09/2011 ( 178 moms have responded )

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My baby will be 1 at the end of the month and still nurses 3-4 times a night. If your baby sleeps through the night, did you have to let them CIO or did they just do it on their own?



I should probably add that I'm pregnant with baby 2 and am due in October. Baby 1 will be 17 mo then. I'm planning to wean him at a year so that he doesn't think the baby took it away from him.



I've been hoping and praying he would eventually just sleep through the night on his own, but it still hasn't happened. Thinking we'll have to do some form of sleep training for it to happen now. :(



To answer your question, he slept through the night once or twice when he was really little, but that's it. I do find his sleep is disrupted by developmental milestones and teething, but he really never sleeps longer than 3-4 hours at a time.

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Emily - posted on 04/09/2011

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My daughter is 17 months old and she still nurses 2-3 times a night on average. Only when she's sick, or over tired will she sleep through the night on her own. I've been co sleeping with her since she was born, and I've discovered that it's actually a really good idea if you're breastfeeding. Even though she's waking up 2-3 times a night, I'm not losing any sleep because I don't have to wake up, go to her room, pull her out of the crib, sit down, get the breast out, latch her on, etc. All I have to do is make sure I'm sleeping on my side, and if she wakes up, I pop the button on my nursing top and she does the rest. So I get the rest I need to chase her around the house the next day. It's up to you to do what you think is best for you & baby, but don't be discouraged if he isn't sleeping through the night yet. Most breastfed babies don't until they're completely weaned.

Layla - posted on 04/21/2011

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BTW a one year old is still getting nutrition and all the other benefits of nursing. It's not just for comfort. Did you know that when a child turns two the antibodies in your milk double?

Kathryn - posted on 04/09/2011

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My son has been sleeping 12 hrs at night since he was 13 weeks old. I sleep trained both my children. My older son started sleeping 12 hrs at 10 weeks.

With my youngest, he is EBF. I fed him before bed and when he woke I let him cry for 10 min then I touch him on the chest to let him know I was there, then leave the room. I only had to do that for 5 days or so at the beginning.

I truly believe in sleep training, it has worked wonders for both my boys, I wouldn't change a bit of it.

Genia - posted on 04/09/2011

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Hi, my son started sleeping through the night on his own around 3 years old. If you don't want to wait that long you can night wean without CIO. kellymom.com has tips and the book The No-Cry Sleep Solution is helpful. HTH!

Ericka - posted on 05/04/2011

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ok i didnt read all responses but i always fed my daughter something more solid right before bed to help her tummy feel full and then when she did wake up i let her cry for 10 mins or so before i went to her at night. she refused a pacifier so she really wasnt hungry just wanted to suckle. generally she would fuss for a few mins and go back to sleep. so try waiting a few minutes before going to ur baby at night and make sure that he/she is well fed at dinner time since 8 hrs or so is a long time when they are used to eating every 3 or 4.

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Misty - posted on 05/14/2011

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My son was the same way. He is 2 now. At 18 months i started just letting him cry it out in his crib.The first few nights were the toughest because if i went in the room to try to sooth him it would just escalate and we'd be up all night until i just gave up and nursed him. So i stopped going in to his room and after a couple of nights he'd wake up cry for a few min and just go back to sleep. We've recently gone to a big boy bed though and i'm starting the process all over again. He doesn't want to nurse he just wants me to sleep in his bed with him. lol. Good luck with the new arrival and hope it helps to know you are not alone!

Kathrine - posted on 05/05/2011

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no its not just a breast fed baby thing as my son who is now two is only just sleeping thro and he was bottle fed he he kept waking up for feeds so in hte end they both shared my bed .

Donna - posted on 05/04/2011

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im still breasfeeding at 18 months and my daughter still is not sleeping completely through the night. I guess its a breast fed baby thing

Dawne - posted on 05/03/2011

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My definition of sleeping through the night is if my child woke up (mine are older now) nursed then went back to sleep then they were considered sleeping through the night. If they woke up and stayed up and didn't go back to sleep then that is not sleeping through the night. I still don't sleep through the night myself. I get up to go to the bathroom or get a drink of water. It's normal. For little ones they need comfort. There world during the day is so filled with learning and growing they need mom at night. they do outgrow this so don't let anyine tell you they don't. All of mine are in their own beds now on their terms which made the transition easier w/o tears.

Kathrine - posted on 05/02/2011

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she used to sleep on her own from 10pm till 6am it lasted for two weeks but after that she never did it again that was when she was 5 months old.
my son was bottle fed and he still wakes up in the night because he misses me (his words) so i think that upon reflection both he and she have some sort of separation anxciety and i am beside myself because i have a really poor nights sleep, need to get them to self sooth some how.

Amy - posted on 05/02/2011

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Hi Carrie,
I havent had a chance to read to other ladies responses, but just wanted to let you know how things went for me :) I thought the same way you do, I wanted my son (DOB: oct 5, 2009), he's now almost 19months old, to also start to sleep through the night on his own. But it never happened! Shortly after he was one year old, I'd had enough of getting up in the night - it was usually twice. They do say it is simply habit at this point, and breastfeeding is very nurturing and comforting. We had to let him cry it out, they say it should take only a few days - but I'm thinking maybe that was for when they were younger as it took about a week for us! It did help that the only teeth he now has left to come through is the last molars that generally are supposed to come at around age two. So I felt better that he probably wasnt getting teething pain. He's also very stubborn :) Still, we stuck to our guns and we are all happier for it. I still havent weened him though, I just cant take it away!! He only really gets it in the morning and evening now as he's at daycare 3 days a week. Good luck with everything Carrie!

Kathrine - posted on 05/02/2011

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i am having the same problem and i am having a team of ppl working on the sleep time routene with me.
i already have one with my 2 yr old and he too very rarely sleeps thro the night . all i can say is hang on in there and talk to your helath visitor i know that you might not have seen them for ages but they can really help!

Janis - posted on 04/29/2011

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My baby started sleeping through the night at about 10 -11 months. However not on her own. Rule of thumb I was taught a long time ago is an infant (under 12 months) has a memory of three days. So if you need to break a bad habit or teach something new you have three days to do it.
Most often a baby will only continue to wake up for feedings because that is what they are used to and mommy allows it. As long as you have provided sufficiant feedings prior to bed, there should be no cause for concern.If you can suffer through three nights in a row of allowing them to cry it out you will be good from then on. And crying it out is not always screaming bloody murder all night long. They may cry a little the first night, and after 5 minutes go back to sleep, then maybe a wimper and go back to sleep it might not even take three nights. My little girl truly only took two nights and really she just wimpered a little. Your baby as to learn to self sooth and this is one of those things.

Catherine - posted on 04/26/2011

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hi ,i trained my girl to go through the night at 14 mts,by lifting up a cuddle and a walk around and introducing doddy .it look a few nights but went smoothly enough.I think they know when you a sticking to you guns,It great now she 19 mts and just feed first thing in morning and last thing at night ,mum and baby very happy as mum has two other young children.you just have to do what best for you.luck

Belinda - posted on 04/23/2011

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I honestly think if he's nursing 3 times a night at 11 months he's probably not getting adequate nutrition during the day. How are his eating habits?

Moriah - posted on 04/22/2011

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My son still wakes in the night occasionally at 2 years old but I have replaced breastfeeding with a sippy cup containing only water at 13 months because I was worried about his oral hygiene. He was resistant at first, but since the sippy cup he wakes less frequently. Possibly because he knows he will not be getting the boobies anymore. I think it was a comfort thing for him.

Cher - posted on 04/22/2011

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My son was exclusivley breastfed until 12mnths when he still is bf but he gets cows milk when hes in his highchair at meal times,at exactly 12mnths old he started to sleep through the nite but now hes not again and waking 3-4times because hes getting a new tooth! Im not planning on weaning him until after 2 or whenever he doesnt want it anymore.You can try not giving him the breast when he wakes up everytime and wean him off nite feeds. Get his dad or someone else in your home to go in and pat his back or rock him back to sleep.I know if i go in he automatically wants my boob and will scream til i give it to him but if my husband goes in hes back asleep in 5minutes.

Debbie - posted on 04/22/2011

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does your husband sleep thru the night.? My babies did not sleep thru the night because they were babies and needed to snuggle or breastfed..Sometimes I wake up thirsty and get a drink of water. Go to a La Leche League meeting and talk with other mothers and build up the community of friends around you - because with two little ones..friends and playmates are important to you and your children. love debbie

Dawne - posted on 04/22/2011

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All three of mine didn't start to sleep through the night until they were 2. They were also all breastfed on demand. Since you have another on the way I would suggest a couple of books, Adventures in Tandem Nursing and Breastfeeding Your Toddler. These two books were very helpful to me. You can also contact your local LaLeche League. There is almost always another mom going through the same experience.

My oldest weened on his own when he was 2 and a half and I was 6 months pregnant with #2. Your breastmilk changes tatse a bit as it prepares for the new baby and your lap becomes a bit smaller. Sometimes this is an incentive for a toddler to wean themselves. Whatever you choose to do, do it gently with love and patience.

Rachel - posted on 04/22/2011

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Also, studies have shown that mothers who breastfeed get more sleep. Not only this, but we get more short wave sleep, which is the deeper sleep. More sleep, better sleep... you need all the sleep you can get when you're pregnant!
Another also... When you nurse one baby at least one year, you lower your risk for heart disease, stress, metabolic diseases, etc., along with lowered risk of cancers.
Basically, if you breastfeed, keep going! The longer you do, the better you and your baby will be!

Rachel - posted on 04/22/2011

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My baby is going to be 11 months soon. She sleeps with us, so the waking up part doesn't bother me so much.
Breastmilk is digested easily, so it's no wonder so many babes wake up for a while. Their stomachs are still small, so they get empty fast! I would say just enjoy this time that you have with your babe. You can't get it back once it's gone.
Also, one of my friends has been breastfeeding more than one babe for the last 9 years, or so. And it works. The new baby gets priority, but once new baby is done, the older baby can still have that bond with mom. In a time of huge changes, they need to know that we are still there, caring for THEIR needs too, not just the new baby. Those needs are physical, but also emotional.
I wish you the best in whatever you decide to do!

Christy - posted on 04/21/2011

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DD, now 6 months, has slept through the night starting at 5 weeks (as soon as the ped said it was okay due to low birthweight). She gradually over about 6-8 weeks went from 6 hours straight to 10 or 12. We're super lucky! I swear Baby Plus prenatal education played a role but I don't have proof of it.

Dinnae - posted on 04/21/2011

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i agree with Theresa... but to mummies of younger babies, PLEASE do not try this until your baby is AT LEAST SIX MONTHS OLD! for older babies already eating solids, this is a reasonable possible solution. hey, i'm a grownup and i still need a bed time snack. ;) and i totally agree with what layla posted after my last post... breastfeeding is recommended to AT LEAST 2 years of age by the world health organisation. :)

Theresa - posted on 04/21/2011

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I would try giving him a bowl of baby cereal at night right before you nurse him and put him to bed!! That's what i did with my son and it seemed to work well !

Natashia - posted on 04/21/2011

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My sons didn't sleep through the night until they were over 2. I do nurse on demand. And, we co-sleep. And, I let them self-wean. Oh, and I tandem nursed my youngest two (who are now 4 and 3). My youngest still nurses. When he's going through a growth spurt or is sick, he still wakes in the middle of the night to nurse. Otherwise, he'll sleep through for about six hours, nurses, and sleeps for a couple of more hours before he's ready to start his day (which also begins with nursing most mornings). I have told him "not now" in the middle of the night and just curled up with him. A lot of times, that is enough. He just wants the comfort so that he can fall back asleep easier. I've never tried the cry it out method. I'm too soft for that. I'd be crying with them. Best of luck with everything! And, remember....this too shall pass, they are only young once, when it's gone, you'll wish it back again....enjoy each moment! :)

Jackie - posted on 04/21/2011

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my daughter started sleeping through the night around 8 months I believe. She still wakes up here and there if she is teething or just not feeling well. For the most part she sleeps through the night though.

Caitlin - posted on 04/21/2011

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My son is 26 months, and still wakes one or two times a night to nurse. Some children take longer to be emotionally ready to sleep through the night. My oldest (now five) sleeps through the night great now, but would wake nightly around 3AM like he had an internal alarm. Once he was about 3, he stopped waking up during the night. We didn't have to let him cry it out, or anything else, that was just when he was ready to sleep without waking to get comfort. Also, have you considared tandem nursing? This link has the info on the nutrientional value breastmilk has for toddlers. A great gift to give to both children!
http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Fodder-for...

Tawnee - posted on 04/21/2011

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I had the same problem with my daughter, she would wake up for nightly feedings. So around 7 or 8 months the doctor told me to just stop feeding her in the middle of the night and she will eventually realize that she doesn't need it and in turn sleep through the night! For as little as they are, they learn very quickly! I hope this helps!

Merry - posted on 04/21/2011

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Crystal,
Medically speaking 'through the night' is at least one stretch of 5 hours without waking and requiring help falling back asleep.
Most babies world wide need help falling back asleep until at least two years old, you your son is more then normal :)

Helen - posted on 04/21/2011

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and by sleep through the night last night he went to sleep at 7.45pm and woke up this morning at 8.10am

Helen - posted on 04/21/2011

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My little boy is 16 months now and finally started sleeping through the night at 13months. He will still feed for comfort if he thinks he can get away with it but he doesnt need to as he eats 3 meals a day and snacks. I usually feed him for comfort when he's teething badly or unwell but i havent fed him for a couple of days now so i think i will completely stop. As for sleeping, the only way i managed to get him to sleep through was to make him realise he wasnt gettin any milk. If he woke up i offered him water to see if he was thirsty and if he didnt want it he would have to go back to sleep. Once he realised he wasnt getting any he thought he might as well stay asleep! I never left him to cry as I'm afraid I just can't do it! I just offered him the water, if he didnt want it i'd pick him up and have a little dance while singing. When he settled down on my shoulder, i would just lie him back in his cot and rub his back if he stirred then slowly creep out the door still singing until i got back to my bed. I had to do it for about a week maybe not even that as it didnt feel long at all! wish id done it sooner really! just got to be strong there were a few days when he would wake up every hour but you'll feel soooo much better once you get a good nights sleep! Hope it all goes well!! Good luck! xx

Crystal - posted on 04/21/2011

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i really get confused as to what we are talking about when we say through the night. I have a 3 month old. His normally feeds around 7 or 8 pm and will go until 3:00 or 4:00 am BUT if i interupt his sleep at 11:00 before i go to bed he will wake up at 5:30 or 6:30 for a feeding. either way I do it he feeds and goes staight back to sleep and usually sleeps for 4 more hrs. Once or twice he has woken up inbetween these time but i found it was because of gas. so i burp him and put him right back down. So does he sleep through the night?

Mish - posted on 04/21/2011

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Hi carrie, there is light at the end of the tunnel! My daughter woke n fed up to 3 times a night untill she turned 18 months, a month ago :) now i wake and everyone else is sound asllep. It got to a stage where my daughter was waking and fake crying, when i would feed her she would suckle and fall back to sleep. I then began soothing her back to bed without a feed and finally just saying : sleepy time, lie down etc and low n behold it worked.... Good luck.

Alison - posted on 04/21/2011

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I feel your pain Carrie! My daughter never slept through the night until she was 2. She woke up at least 4 times a night, some to breastfeed until she was 18 months. Then it was twice a night until she turned 2. By then I had my newborn son, and it started all over again with him. We did try to let her cry it out, but it didn't work for us. Of course I'm going to be judged for this, but I found having my daughter sleep in my bed made her sleep through the night. It was what I needed at the time, since I had my newborn son. He woke up all the time also until he was around 14 months, but then started waking once around 11:00, and slept through. All I can say is do what is best for you. If I had to go back I would have tried harder to get my daughter to sleep through the night before my son was born. Best of luck to you!

Layla - posted on 04/21/2011

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Your child is normal and healthy. There is nothing wrong with his waking up to nurse. Please dont do CIO - it's not good for babies. There is now plenty of research out there showing it's unhealthy. (look up James McKenna's research). The book The No Cry Sleep Solution may be
helpful to you. Have you considered tandem nursing? Do a little research on the topic - you may find that it could be right for you and your babes. Many mothers have great experiences with it. Good luck!

Dinnae - posted on 04/20/2011

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my oldest started sleeping through the night at 4 months (he was my most colicky baby), but then my LEAST colicky one (#2), didn't sleep through until PAST 1 year. he just wasn't a good sleeper. He also napped super short, AND gave up his naps at 2 1/2. My oldest didn't give up his last nap until he was FOUR. now with #3, he's having a rough go of teething like #2 did, so his longest sleep is about 4-5 hours (he's 5 months).

Like Genia said, there are great options besides CIO. I can speak from experience, I made the mistake of trying CIO with my oldest (I didn't know any better), and all it does is frustrate you AND break your heart at the same time, and break their little hearts of COURSE because you're not responding to them. I have a friend who has decided to put a little toddler bed in her room with her SIXTH kid because she's not sleeping through the night, when all her others did (she's 2). Each kid is different.

About your weaning... you don't have to wean if you don't want to. If your boy is still nursing quite regularly, your milk should continue through pregnancy, and then you can tandem nurse. Your body will produce what you need for both kids. I would have LOVED to tandem nurse, but my oldest self-weaned at 13 months, and my middle self-weaned a month after I got pregnant with #3 (at 22 months).

Good luck! :)

Kathy - posted on 04/20/2011

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I am a mother of 6. Breast fed them all until nearly 3. Tandem fed No. 2 & 3 as they were only 16 months apart. New born 1st then toddler…who helps produce more milk from strong sucking…plenty to go around (I'm only a B cup, C when milk first comes through post birth) First experience of sharing with sibling….My eldest is nearly 13 so this many years of broken sleep…we co-sleep, sometimes moving them to their own beds once asleep but often wake again & end up in bed with us…until around 7 years old…My babies rarely sleep through the night…there is a light at end of tunnel….they are grown up before you know it…enjoy & just do what you feel you have to do…I certainly couldn't cope with 'controlled crying'….I know how hard it is to hear of others who's babies sleep all night…."what's wrong with me…what am I doing wrong…? Not wrong different!!!!! Love if you could meet my older kids….secure, well adjusted, strong &healthy!!!!! Don't worry about what others are doing…being a mother is hard enough…they will be all grown up before you know it. I'd say, take your baby to bed with you, you will have disruptions through the night with baby wanting "boobies" but it's just there!!! Very handy & you can doze off to sleep again while baby feeds….hope all works out…however you choose to nurture…take care & remember there are plenty of mothers out there struggling with this issue….Trust me, No 1 child will never miss out….because a sibling comes along….they gain so much….(Love Kath, mother of 6…)

Anna - posted on 04/20/2011

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My EBF baby started sleeping through the night at 10 weeks. She used to eat every 3 hours or so and was going 11pm, 2am, 5am, etc. At 7 weeks she cut out the 2am feed and then at 10 weeks she cut out the 5am feed and started sleeping until 8am. We slowly pushed her bedtime back and now she sleeps 9pm to 8am uninterrupted and she is 9 months. All we have ever done is rock her to sleep and I still do so. I don't believe in CIO but I don't think you should feed him either through the night. If he wakes up, pick him up and comfort him and then put him back down. Our daughter also sleeps in our room and may help the separation anxiety.

Sarah - posted on 04/20/2011

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sleeplady.com her book is the best. Your baby should not need to feed over night at a year. My son was breast fed and and did not feed over night after 2 months. We did have times when he woke up a lot at night but he did not need to eat.

Dana Lynn - posted on 04/20/2011

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My baby did not sleep through the night until she was almost 2 years old. I don't believe in CIO for children under the age of 2 years old since I actually remember when I CIO'd as an infant. It is not a healthy thing for a baby to go through who does not understand language yet and just lays in the bed and thinks "what a cruel world". The No-Cry Sleep Solution helped a little bit but when she was teething I had to go back to nursing and such. Also CIO is ok in my book if you are right there with them until they fall asleep. Now that she is 2 she understands and goes to sleep fast with no nursing and sleeps through the entire night.

Raven - posted on 04/20/2011

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Don't lose hope. I thought my daughter would never start sleeping through the night, but at one point at almost 12 months she just stopped waking up all by herself. Prior to that we had gone through the process of teacher her to sleep in her own bed, and she would wake up to nurse and go back to her own bed instead of staying in bed with me. The process we used was the first time she woke up at night her father would go and hold her for a few minutes and put her back to bed. By having him do it we avoid her crying because she wanted to nurse. After a little while we changed that to the first two times she woke up at night. Before long she wouldn't wake up those first two times anymore and would only wake once much later. It wasn't long before we cut that wake up out too and she would sleep all by herself. I hope this helps, I understand how exhausting it can be.

Stephanie - posted on 04/20/2011

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My first slept through the night at 5 months, after my huband let her CIO for naps (I didn't have the heart). She was a big baby though and at her 4 month check up the doc told me she was big enough to sleep through the night, and to let her CIO. She's slept through since then. My youngest started sleeping through at 3 months, on her own. She wakes occasionaly to nurse, but for the most part sleeps the night away. I would say she's def. big enough, and she needs to learn to put herself to sleep. There are different ways other than CIO. Look into the different books.

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2011

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Hi! I totally sympathize... my DD is 16 months old and JUST started sleeping through the night! I refused to do the CIO method, so I tried the "No Cry Sleep Solution," but that didn't work. One day a light bulb went on in my head and I developed what my husband likes to call the "Gerbil Method." Instead of picking up my daughter, taking her out of her crib and cuddling her in our normal nursing position, I would offer her my breast without taking her out of the crib -- in other words, I would literally hang my boob over the side of the crib, and she would have to stand and lean up to nurse. Needless to say she wasn't totally crazy about nursing in this position (but we still made up for the lost cuddling with lots of snuggle time and story and singing time before bed), but after a few days, she became less and less interested in nursing in the middle of the night. I swear within a week she had lost all interest in dragging me into her room to nurse her, because she just didn't feel like putting in the effort to stand there to nurse. There was practically no crying involved, since I wasn't denying her the breast... it was just that she decided she'd rather go back to sleep on her own than stand there and suck on it like a little "Gerbil ball" (hence the funny name). So it was really her decision whether she wanted to nurse or not, and really, within a week she discovered ways to soothe herself back to sleep, and now she sleeps through the night! Amazing! Give it a try... make sure your little one has a lovey that he can snuggle with when he decides to go back to sleep on his own (my daughter loves her sleep sheep), but hopefully this will work for you! It was the only thing that worked for me... and I had TONS of people telling me to just let her cry it out.. and when it came down to it, there wasn't any crying at all, because it was her own decision to lie back down instead of nurse. GOOD LUCK and congratulations on your new pregnancy!!!

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My breastfed son was waking up 3 times a night until he was 17 months and I have to admit I helped put a stop to it as I couldn't do it anymore and I was pretty sure it was partly habit by that point. I couldn't do controlled crying so I explained to him one night that if he cried I would come in and give him a cuddle (it really helped that he was in a bed by this point) but that he would get his next lot of milk at 7am. He woke his usual 3 times in the night but only cried for about 5 minutes while I cuddled him and seemed fairly satisfied when I said that he would get some more milk at 7am. The next night he only woke twice, the night after once and ever since it has been a rare occasion that he wakes in the night. I wished I'd done it earlier after I found it so easy but to be honest I don't think it would have worked for me as it really helped that I was at the point where I couldn't take it anymore otherwise I would have given in to the short term gain of feeding to sleep just so that I could nod off again. I ended up feeding him in the daytime up until he was just over 2 and I was 3 months pregnant. My daughter who is now 18 months started sleeping through on her own just after a year old (apart from when she's ill) but then I've never really fed her to sleep at bedtime which I think helps a bit - I do however still feed her to sleep if she does wake in the night. Good luck with whatever you decide to try, if the sleep is getting to you then it's well worth trying something - you can always go back if it is a complete disaster.

Angela - posted on 04/20/2011

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each bub is diff. my number 1 woke up thru night 2 or 3 times and i found towards the end the boob was a comfort for him. i gradually weaned him off nights by replacing with cuddles (1 feed at a time) and then to settling him in his bed mind you he was older than yours. number 2 is a gem of a sleeper and was sleeping 7hrs at night in hospital! wow i say!. as i say each child is different, also not sure if its relevant have you looked at how much sleep & food he's having during the day? maybe the food needs increasing and/or sleep decreasing? the catch i've heard and found is that a tired child wakes more. hope this helps

Jamie - posted on 04/20/2011

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I was at the end of my rop about a month ago because my son (8 months at the time) would wake 4 time a night to eat. I decided to let him cry it out. The first night was rough, but the second night was better and by the third night his crying sessions would last about 3 minutes each. He cries long than that in the car! Now, he wakes up with a testing "waa?" And falls right back to sleep. His doctor said that there is no reason for them to feed at night at this age. During milestones, or teething, if he wakes up screaming, I will nurse him back to sleep. The first few nights may be hard, but its worth it! Hang in there!

Jaime - posted on 04/20/2011

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I used the book and CD the sleep easy solution, you can get in on amazon.com, it was recommended to me, and my 17 month old has been sleeping through the night most of the time except when sick since 3 months.

Molly - posted on 04/20/2011

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Didn't read the other responses yet, but yes, my 2nd son did. He started at about 7 months and slept through most or all nights. At about 11 months he started getting up again for 1, maybe 2 feedings. Then at about 13 months he started sleeping through again. I got pregnant again and he still nursed, and the milk ran out about halfway through on its own, and he was 19 months old. He weaned gradually because the milk was just gone. He is a great sleeper about 95% of the time, and the other 5% he just needs a few minutes of snuggle time and then it's back to bed with him, no issues. We never sleep-trained him and I never forced him to wean; both things just happened on their own.

Your son might also be waking up to eat a little more because your milk is disappearing. Make sure he has enough to eat during the day.

Amy - posted on 04/20/2011

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my answer may be unpopular and I do apologize but at 1year old they are nursing for comfort and not for food...I breast fed my son and he was sleeping through the night at 3 or 4 months old. On a growth spurt he would wake for a feed at around 2pm but by 10 months this stopped completely and he would sleep through the night. I weaned at 12 months, more out of my choice. Don't get me wrong I think it is brilliant you are still breast feeding and your son is a very lucky wee man! But he should be able to self soothe and STTN without needing a night feed for comfort. And you don't have to let him CIO either, I never did. We used the pick up/put down method and never let DS cry it out.
I leave a small bottle of wateri n the crib incase he wakes up thirsty. Some nights he drinks some but most nights it is still full the next morning.
GOOD LUCK!

Amber - posted on 04/20/2011

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My son is almost 14 months now and I too am due in October. I started weaning him right before he turned 1 which has been very difficult b/c he stopped taking bottles around 6 mos and isn't liking cups very much.
He has had several periods (few weeks) where he sleeps all night and around 10 mos he started again and I thought it was for good until daddy deployed and then molars started cutting right at 1. He is now off the boobies except at night and is sleeping all night again. I spend a lot more time rocking and holding him as comfort in place of breastfeeding but he seems to be doing very well. I will be thrilled when I can get him off the night feeding too b/c holy cow PAINFUL! I never let him CIO for more than 10 min LOL it just isn't for me...

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I have three kids and the first two started sleeping through the night about 2 months old and the third started to when she was about 3 or 4 months. They al just did it on their own. With all of them I found out that if I didn't go in there right away and waited a few minutes to make sure she/he was awake, she/he would usually fall back asleep on her/his own before I would have to go in there.

Shannon - posted on 04/20/2011

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I gently weaned both of my boys at about 18 to 19 mos. We also co-sleep with our boys. When it was time to wean I put them back to sleep when they woke up to nurse by lying next time them, offering a sippy cup of milk or water, a cozy stuffed animal and back rubbing. My second boy (who I weaned a few weeks ago) cried the first three nights during this but it was ok because I was right there next to him comforting him. We never let him cry by himself. After both our boys were weaned they immediately slept through the night because the only reason they were waking up was to nurse. They knew if they woke up that they were not going to get any so they never woke up. Note: I try to wean when I know teething is not real bad. Our second child could have probably weaned sooner but he started getting all four of his molars in at one time and was waking every hour to nurse because he was in pain. I waited until all of those teeth came in to start the weaning process. Good luck!!

Angela - posted on 04/20/2011

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My son is 10 months this week and just started sleeping through the night last week. He occasionally may wake up once now. I talked with my doctor and he said that at this age night time feedings are not needed. When ur baby wakes up just see if he will fall asleep on his own. Let him play in the crib with a crib toy until he falls asleep again. I also founf that when I was getting up with my son that he was not really awake but whining to get comfortable and by seeing me he got up to nurse.

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