Tracy - posted on 10/21/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )
My son is my third baby in 3.5 years and I have had such a tough time with weaning/sleeping. He has been waking 2-3 times per night since birth and with three kids at home during the day, I can't go much longer with the sleep deprivation. I have been exclusively BF, but started to add formula to one bottle per day and have recently decided to do the night feedings with bottles only since I think he wakes because he likes to nurse. The first night we tried this, he would not take the bottle from me, so my husband did it. We have done this for 3 nights in a row since he still will not take the bottle from me. When my husband feeds him, he only takes 2-3 ozs, confirming to me that he really isn't hungry when he wakes. Has anyone else had this same issue where baby seems to be in a habit of waking to nurse or be comforted, opposed to being hungry? Both of my girls were great sleepers and slept through the night at 8 weeks. Just like my daughters, I have my son on a good schedule. He has three meals of oatmeal and veggies per day and takes 3-4 bottles per day. He also takes 2 good naps and his bed time is a consistent 730pm. I would love to hear what anyone else has done to break this habit (water at night, CIO, rubbing back, etc) and if it worked how long did it take? I need to be a better rested Momma to mother these toddlers at home. Thanks in advance for your help!