My bay girl is 8 moths and still want to be nursed at night. What should I do?

Mariana - posted on 11/13/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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She used to sleep through the night until she was 5 months (I actually considered myself quite lucky), but ever since we travled and then moved (fromTexas to Brazil then to UK), she started waking up and wantingto breastfeed. I don't know what to do to educate her to sleep through the night! Anyone have been through the same situation?

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Brit - posted on 11/18/2009

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I also co-sleep and bf on demand all night long. Sure, it can be a pain when she decides to wake every two or three hours for a quick snack but I also know that this will pass.

Tara - posted on 11/17/2009

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Yes, just keep nursing her. Thats what she wants and obviously needs. This role isnt easy, hang in there xxx

Raelene - posted on 11/17/2009

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maybe its just different for every baby,my daughter is 9 months old and she has slept straight thru since she was 2 weeks old,i put her down at 7:30 pm and she will happily sleep till 9 am,there have been the odd couple of times she has woken at 2 am babbling to her self not crying so i go in there and try and make as little fuss as possible,give her some juice and leave the room,i find when you pick baby up and make a fuss they will not go back to sleep,I established a routine very quickly when she was born,she wouldnt take to the breast,so i had to bottle feed which i did every 4 hours 10am-2pm-6pm-10pm-2am-6 am and so on,she was a very hungry baby and i had to put her on hungrier baby milk,but if she cried in between feeds i gave her cooled boiled water from the kettle,i consulted my health visitor about this and she had advised me it was the right thing to do.But some babies are very different from others.Good luck anyway

Aimee - posted on 11/17/2009

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I think it must be a developmental thing or something because everyone I talk to seems to have the same issue at the same time. My son slept awesome through the night then one day just stopped. He would wake up multiple times and was so fussy, no he usually just wakes up once, then again very early in the morning and from that point we snuggle in my bed together. He recently popped some teeth and that helped a little, but he is learning so many new things it's crazy. I chalk it up to that. His brain and body is just working very hard to prepare for all the new things he is going to be doing.

Chambre - posted on 11/17/2009

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Thank you. This is obviously a common thing. I let her cry if she tries to get up more than 2 times. And she's been able to fall back asleep. They just have a hard time learning to fall back asleep when they wake up at night, is what I've heard. But feeding her at night is getting old and I've noticed that she isn't well rested in the morning and actually takes her first nap an hour and a half, maybe 2 hours, after she wakes up in the morning which is around 6-7 am. Her bedtime is 7 pm ish, which I would like to postpone to 7:30-8 ish, but no later. She is real tired by 7 pm. Anyway she wakes up usually around 10-11 pm, then again around 2-3 am. I think I'm gonna start by cutting out one of these, just don't know which one would be better yet.

Veronica - posted on 11/16/2009

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I've been asking my sisters who have 4 kids total. .they night fed until about a year.
I think I'll do that too, and hopefully he'll grow out of it.
Some nights he sleeps through, most nights there is one feeding at about 5am, and some times there are two feedings. If he is teething, its all shot and I'm up every 2 hours or so. But that is usually one night, not more than two.

Rebecca - posted on 11/15/2009

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my son is the same he has never slept through and wakes 2-3 times a night for a feed, ive just stopped breastfeeding and put him on formula and that hasnt helped he still wakes for a feed. i think it may be a comfort for him maybe thats what it is for your daughter.

Louise - posted on 11/15/2009

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Hi, my daughter is a shocker of a sleeper and can be up every 30mths to sleeping through to 8hrs...every night is different so have gotten a fair amount of help. It is quite normal for them to wake and still have 1 feed overnight...but if you want to try and cut it out the best thing is a bit of control crying. Go in and comfort her in the cot, once settled walk out. If she crys wait 5mins and go in again, and comfort and cont till asleep. The nurse have said this can take up to 1hr, but usually not that long. In a couple of nights she should be ok. She will probably protest because she wants to be with you and maybe waking because she is wanting to be with you after all the changes she has been through. Hope this helps!

Chambre - posted on 11/15/2009

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I went through the same thing. She was sleeping thru, then we took a trip to California and since we got back she wakes up every 4 hours and wants to be nursed. This has gone on since she was 3 months old!! Now 9 months. I think I'm just gonna have to quit cold turkey. Plus my pediatrician said I should stop breastfeeding at night when she gets her upper teeth.

Melissa - posted on 11/15/2009

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My daughter is 9 months old and still wakes during the night for a feed, She started to sleep right through when she was about 4 months and i thought i was great but it only lasted about 4 weeks, I am not really sure what to do to get her to sleep through now and i have just started back at work so its not very nice being up through the night.

Amy - posted on 11/14/2009

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It's not a terrible thing for them to wake up through the night to eat. It could be that she is going through a growth spurt and needs those extra calories. Has your milk supply decreased yet?? If so, that could be the case as well.

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my little one is nine months old and is still up at least once to feed at night, so you are not alone. But my daughter hasn't ever slept through the night

Erika - posted on 11/13/2009

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I'm having the exact same situation with my daughter. She started sleeping through the night at about 5 months as well. She suddenly stopped when she started teething, now she wakes up between 2-3am and again at 5-6am. I'm trying to feed her either cereal or a jar of baby food a little bit before bedtime and then nurse her just before she goes down. I'm not having much luck. I'll let you know if I find anything that works.

Miranda - posted on 11/13/2009

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Babies are unpredictable. If it were me I'd just feed her when she wants, but we co sleep so I don't lose sleep over my 8.5 month old waking up in the night.(he does 2-3 times) If you want some help maybe try reading "The No Cry Sleep Solution".

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