stopping night feeds

Jay - posted on 05/22/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3 months and 2 weeks and i wondered whens best to stop feeding her thro the night

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Melanie - posted on 05/22/2009

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i know what yr feeling my son has just (last nite) sleept threw the nite.Its hard especialy when u cant nap during the day. I have ben giving him 1 tsp of rice cereal for the past 2 weeks around 6:30 at nite and he falls a sleep about 10:00 for the nite.Slowly everynite he would sleep a lil longer until last nite wow what a relief wasnt up until 7 am :) my son is a huge eater thought and breastfeed so i honestly think he was just too hungry to last the nite. Didnt work over nite but its worked great for me deff dont regret it and hes happy also!

Kayla - posted on 05/22/2009

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my son did this for the longest time. its now a habbit for them to wake up for food. i breast feed him- but then i started to bottle fed him at night. it helps when your half asleep. first start off with a full amount they normaly would drink. then the next night take out half an once for every feeding.... so if night 1 you start off with a 6oz bottle, then night 2 you give them 5 and a half oz bottle every time they want it. then the next night take out another half oz and so on and so on. it gets their little bodies use to not having so many calories through the night. it took my little man almost 2 weeks to work, but now he sleeps from 7:30 at night til 7 in the morning. biggest help i ever had!!! hope this works for you. i tried the cry it out thing- but it didn't work..... but this bottle thing did!!

Samantha - posted on 05/22/2009

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What time is her last feeding before bed? Does she eat a lot in the middle of the night? It could just be habit. You could let her cry for a little while and see if she stops quickly. With my son, I got to the point of just getting up with him to comfort him and not feed him. This got him out of the habit of eating at that time. After that, I just let him cry a little until he fell asleep. All babies are different, just try different things. Hope this helps both you and Emma.

Emma - posted on 05/22/2009

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have u tried with a little bit of boiled water at night, offer it to her before u offer the milk she will probably not drink much coz she dont like the taste at night if u keep offering her water everynight then she might just give up on the milk.I tried this with my son but gave him coz he still wanted the milk so i guess he must be hungry lol. Know how u feel with the tiredness

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Ez - posted on 05/25/2009

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It's perfectly reasonable that your daughter still needs feeding through the night. I've been lucky in that my 3 1/2 month old daughter has slept long stretches (6-7hrs) since birth and now goes 10-12hrs without a feed. But she will occasionally wake for a feed, so I give it to her. It's fine to give her a couple of minutes to see if she'll resettle, but if she doesn't it's because she's hungry. I think we place ridiculous expectations on young babies to 'sleep through'. Just because I know my daughter CAN sleep 10-12 hours between feeds and doesn't NEED it doesn't mean I refuse to feed her on the occasions that she does want one. My appetite fluctuates so why shouldn't hers?

Ashley - posted on 05/24/2009

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My pediatrician said to do night feedings until 6 months. Then, after that, it's not medically necessary...although I still feed mine (8 mo. old) when she occasionally wakes up hungry because I think she's probably growing and needs more food during the day. Hope this helps!

Emma - posted on 05/23/2009

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wel finally i have had some sort of result iv upped my little man's food (solids) and cut down on the milk he is still drinking more than the average so solids isnt taking over and last night he slept from 7.00 til 4.30am and he only woke because my partner coughed. so hoping tonight he might sleep all night im also trying dropping the ounces aswel but if that doesnt work i will feed him until he stops wanting milk in the night

Kayleigh - posted on 05/23/2009

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Quoting Jay:



Isant he in the habbit of waking up for yo0u to hold him instead? x





No he surprizingly just stopped waking up, he sleeps really well from 10 pm to 6 am



thats 8 hours of rest, If they wake up just to be held, leave them in the crib and just pat thier back until they fall back asleep, sometimes they just want to know you are in arms reach. that way you dont even have to pick them up

Casey - posted on 05/23/2009

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I think at 3 months of age it is completely normal for your baby to be waking through the night still, they only have little bellies and arn't even on solids yet to keep them fuller for longer, I personally think that it is a bit cruel to just say that you are going to flat out to refuse to give your 3 month old baby a night feed because you can't be bothered getting out of bed. When they are on solids and having proper meals during the day and they are still waking through the night then you have cause to complain and start to refuse night feeds, my son is 9 months old and has started growing out of night feeds now, but if he wakes up tonight and decides that he wants a bottle I will drag myself out of bed and give him one. they do eventually grow out of these sort of things but try and be patient and let them be a baby sleepless nights is a part of being a parent.

Jay - posted on 05/23/2009

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Quoting Kayleigh:

my son is 3 months, i just refused night time feeds. when he cries at night i pick him up and hold him and rock him back to sleep. now hes starting to sleep through the night



Isant he in the habbit of waking up for yo0u to hold him instead? x

Jay - posted on 05/23/2009

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Quoting Kayleigh:

my son is 3 months, i just refused night time feeds. when he cries at night i pick him up and hold him and rock him back to sleep. now hes starting to sleep through the night



Isant he in the habbit of waking up for yo0u to hold him instead? x

Kayleigh - posted on 05/22/2009

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my son is 3 months, i just refused night time feeds. when he cries at night i pick him up and hold him and rock him back to sleep. now hes starting to sleep through the night

Jay - posted on 05/22/2009

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Thanks to everyone whos offered me their tips. I will ahve to try cutting down ounces in her bottle each night and see how that works. Answering Samanthas question She has a bottle at around 7 then sleeps untill half 10 when i wake her to feed. I didnt think to give her some baby rice before bed as i dint know if she was to young? Im just going to have to try a few things and see what works best. Im a little worried about letting her cry it out as i have another daughter of 2 and a half and i dont want her to wake. Then i will be stuck with both of them awake. lol

Jay - posted on 05/22/2009

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My other daughter if i remember stopped on her own by this age but i dont know how long to keep going for. I dont know weather if i left her to cry a little weather she would go back to sleep as she is just waking thro habbit. Or wait untill she is on solids so she will be eating more thro the day and want less at night. Im starting to feel the tiredness now! lol

Emma - posted on 05/22/2009

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my son is 6months and 3 weeks and im still feeding him thro the night,although when he was 7weeks up until 3 months he slept right thro. Is there a way to stop feeding them in the night? i was just hoping that eventually he wont want milk

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