Weening and night feeing questions..

Kara - posted on 04/19/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Questions about weening. Does your little wake up in the middle of the night? I am going to be starting the weening process this next month when my son turn 10 months. I think when the time come for the night weening it's going to be pure hell. My son still wakes in the middle of the night and since I am the only person who can go comfort him He wants to nurse at least once or twice. Ugh...I was wondering if he will eventually just stop wanting to nurse at night or if I need to just let him cry cry cry. He will cry and not fall back asleep. It's pretty tiresome for me to do this everynight.

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Erin - posted on 06/04/2010

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There are a few steps you need to take in order to wean your child at night. I recommend making sure your child gets their daily allotment of milk before they go to bed at night. Also teach them to fall asleep on their own. For instance, I changed up our routine so that I would give her a bath, then nurse her and then read her books and put her to bed. I started to realize that if my child was falling asleep while nursing at night that I needed to start the routine earlier, so that I was putting in crib when she was ready to sleep.
It can be exhausting to wean them at night but if they are eating enough during the day, they really don't need to eat in the middle of the night. If you can't do the feedings at night cold turkey then reduce the time you are letting them eat on each side. I did mine by 15 seconds on each boob until one day she fell asleep without nursing. (I use the stop watch function on my watch and it really helps!)
My daughter is now 17 months old and has been completely weaned for about two weeks. I was so scared to wean her because she didn't seem to be eating enough during the day. Well that all changed once I started weaning her. cut down on the minutes/seconds of breast feeding and they will be hungrier for solid food.
Maybe introduce a lovey that is only used for sleeping. so when they wake they have it.
Good Luck!!

Kim - posted on 04/19/2010

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i weaned mine at 19 wks as he was waking in the night and constantly crying after having milk, he now sleeps from 7 til 6 in the morning, so he should eventually go and not need the nurding at night

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