Night Feeding

Adrianne - posted on 03/17/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old son is mainly breastfed. He still wakes up about one or two times per night to eat. It doesn't bother me to feed him (we co-sleep and I don't even wake all the way up), but some ppl are saying he's too old to be night fed. What ya'll think?

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Megan - posted on 03/17/2010

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I breast fed my son up to four months day and night, but as i wasnt making enough for him i switched to formula, i found as soon as he was on formula he slept through the night, im not saying dont breast feed i perfered feeding him myself and was heart broken that i wasnt making enought for him. every child is different mine just felt fuller for longer on formula, im sure he will cut out the night feeding soon enough.

Amy - posted on 03/17/2010

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at 7 months my son still ate every 4 hours at night. At about 9 months he would go about 5 hours, then at 13 weeks he'd sleep through the night. There were some nights where I would wake up every few hours to feed, but it was just him growing.

Some babies eat more at night and other's don't. Your baby will let you know when they don't need the "night" feedings....Once there a year they should be able to go 8 hours.

Meghan - posted on 03/17/2010

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My son was like this until he was 10 months old and I noticed just as Sophia had said, it was habbit not that he was hungry. Make sure his tummy is full before bed and give him extra special mommy time aswell and then tough it out for the first few nites if it really bothers you. But above all else don't listen to anyone else, do what feels best for you and your son!

Melissa - posted on 03/17/2010

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We stopped night feedings at four months, per dr's suggestion. He said that if we stopped night feedings that our son would stop waking up in the middle of the night giving him and myself more sleep. Although, I couldn't breast feed so he was on formula. I know that formula keeps them full longer. If he is healthy, I don't see why you would have to feed him in the night, but it is up to you.

Sherrie - posted on 03/17/2010

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My son is 18 mths and we co sleep and he still wakes up once or twice in the middle of the night. Every baby is differant...if it isn't bothering you...or you son....WHO CARE???..lol they aren't waking up ( or half waking up..lol to pop you boob out..lol) * i do the same..:P* with him...so whooo cares...:P Your son do what you want, if you would like it to stop...then cut back on the feeds at night and try something else to sooth him back to sleep, if you dont care...then dont :)

Jan - posted on 03/17/2010

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Well I'm 27 and I still wake up hungry some nights, so I say it is possible he is hungry. if he wakes up and needs to nurse then he needs to nurse, it doesn't matter what the motivation is behind the need, he might be hungry or he might need the comfort of nursing both are legitimate needs so I say keep doing what you are doing if it works for both of you then there is no need to fix it.

Alisha - posted on 03/17/2010

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well i would have to say every baby is different. My son is formula fed and sleeps thru the night but he also is eating meals now. whatever you feel comfortable doing is fine every baby has their own routine and you make it work so i think its fine. But if you want him to start sleeping through the night maybe feed him a bowl of cereal at night get his tummy fuller.

Sophia - posted on 03/17/2010

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Well this is true, they do it as a habit. I stopped feeding my son at four months at night. I struggled but now he sleeps through the whole night and doesnt wake up!

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