1yo still nurses at night??

Elysa - posted on 01/23/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 1 yo 2 days ago. He still nurses about 3 times during his 11-12 hr night sleep. I really don't think he needs to nurse that often but I'm not sure whether at this age the should feed at all or not. Also, I was wondering about other 1yo's schedule during the day. I still breastfeed my son on demand though I think he nurses less this past week but still hasn't up his solid intake. So, here's my son's schedule:
Get up in the morning and breastfeed then breakfast. Another feed then lunch. Down for about 2 hr nap. Up for snack and feeding and then dinner and lastly another breastfeed session. He mostly feeds just 1 breast. And I'm also concerned he doesn't get enough milk.

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Nicole - posted on 01/26/2011

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My 15 month old still nurses 3-4 times at night. If he gets more nursing sessions throughout the day, he nurses less. And that's even though he eats lots of solids throughout the day, so I have realized that he knows how much he needs. I wouldn't push the milk thing. Your breast milk has much better ingredients than cow's milk. Especially, immunological factors and more concentration of the good fats that promote optimal brain development. Sometimes babies have a legitimate reason to avoid cow's milk. My son has an intolerance to dairy, so he won't drink it and nor would I want him to since it hurts his stomach so much. If you can share a bed with him or at least share a room with him, it may make the night feedings more bearable. Hang in there. In just a short while, you may notice less feedings. In the end, what you do is ultimately your decision, but if you can hang in there, both you and your son will benefit. ;o)

Mary Renee - posted on 01/25/2011

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According to Elizabeth Pantley's book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" up to 50% of infants continue to wake up during the night for feedings until they are 18-months-old.

One thing I'm trying to do with my daughter is to comfort her in a way other than nursing. She's only 8 months old and wakes up up to 5-6 times a night! I alternate between rocking her back to sleep, and nursing her back to sleep. I don't know if this will help!

Oh yeah, and you are correct that if they aren't getting enough milk during the day they'll make up for it at night. Try to makes sure he isn't distracted when he nurses and has plenty of chances to nurse. It might help.

April - posted on 01/24/2011

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Still nursing my 25 month old through the night. His diaper is pretty wet in the morning, so i KNOW there is plenty of milk

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April - posted on 01/26/2011

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My son is the opposite...lately i've been bringing him to bed with me because i needed the extra sleep. i've noticed that he wakes up less when he's in bed with me and doesn't nurse much at all. Then day time hits and he makes up for it!! (which is surprising because nap time is usually the only time he nurses when the sun is up). It is actually reassuring to me that nurslings at any age know how much milk they need...they know if they need more!

Rebecca - posted on 01/25/2011

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Don't second guess yourself, your child will always lead the way. I breastfed both of mine through the night until they didn't wake for it anymore. You are doing the best thing for your child. Kudos!

Aleks - posted on 01/24/2011

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Tanith,
Sorry, my post may have sounded a bit confusing.
It is because I was speaking from the "biological" norm for humans, where there is no need for us to consume dairy products. However, at the same time I was trying to improve confidence of the mother and settle her mind with regards to calcium intake. She indicated that she was uncertain if her baby drank enough milk - given that baby bf 3 or more times a day, coupled with probably other dairy intake, my answer was no and that the baby doesnt really need to anyway.
Oh and back in the day, when there was no formula, a lot of babies died because they drank cow and goat milk. Its how we have bread ourselves to be able to tolerate these much better, though not completely.
I hope this expains a bit, or have I muddled the waters a bit more...lol

Sylvia - posted on 01/23/2011

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Mine nursed at night until she was ... almost 3? Hard to remember at this distance (she's 8 now). We co-slept, so it wasn't really a problem. Her nursing "schedule" (hahaha) was very different because I went back to work when she was 13 months, so she started reverse-cycling (nursing a lot in the evening and at night because she couldn't nurse as much during the day). She was definitely still getting most of her nutrition from nursing at that point, though.

Maria - posted on 01/23/2011

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As Sara already said, aslong as your baby nurses 3-4 times a day, they are getting all they need. I have read at 12 months it is ok start giving solids first and then breast milk 2nd. My 2nd baby is now 10.5 months and I plan (at 12 months) to start one meal at a time giving him solids before he nurses and slowly switch to the other meals the same way. He's allergic to cow milk protein so we will definately leave the breast milk as his only dairy.

Mine still eats 3 times a night too, and I'm tired of that! I have heard some people say some breastfed babies continue to want night feeds til they are weaned. I only hope I can figure out a way to night wean him at some point soon! He shares a room with his big sister, so it's been a little more complicated to not give him what he wants in the night!

Codie - posted on 01/23/2011

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my baby is only 7mo but my aunt just weaned her baby and she still nursed her at night only to put her to sleep. i would personally continue to night feed if thats what your baby wants and what you want to do. if you no longer wish to night feed...just try filling that little belly as much as possible during the day. solids and a full breast feed right before bed.

Tanith - posted on 01/23/2011

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Aleksandra - Ofcourse humans can drink cows milk. It's very healthy, even for children. Don't you put milk in your children's cereals? Or do you put water with their cereals? Cheese is made from cows milk, so is butter and yoghurt....I'm sure you give your children those? Calcium is part of a healthy diet and the biggest source of calcium comes from dairy. So you can eat it, but not drink it? It might be designed for calves, but it's still healthy for humans too. My doctor put his own son onto cows milk from 9 months old.



Back in the day when there was no such thing as formula, goats milk and cows milk was the next best thing to breastmilk.

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As long as he's nursing 3 times a day he doesn't need milk (if you're talking about cow's milk). My daughter still nursed at night at 12 months, but she wasn't eating much solids. It wasn't until about 14 months that she started 3 meals a day. At 18 months I stopped nursing her at night and comforted her in other ways when she woke. At 20 months she's (finally!) sleeping through the night for the most part and she's still nursing 3 times during the day. She's had cow's milk, but I don't give it to her everyday. It's mostly sips if I'm having some and recently she's had some of her own when we're out and about. I also make sure she has a water with her all day so she can always drink that when she's thirsty. Do whatever works for you and your baby. There's really no wrong way to go about nursing past a year.

Aleks - posted on 01/23/2011

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1st of all, don't worry about him not getting enought milk. He does not need any! He breastfeeds, and from what you have described he bf well. Its all he needs, the other stuff (ie, dairy milk) is not designed to be drank by human children :-) its designed to be drank by little cows :-)



Now, as for the night time feeds I have a little girl who is going to be 2 in less than a months time and still has the same amount of bf per day, if not more sometimes, than your 1yo. Don't worry, you feed on demand, so trust your lo's instincts in knowing what is good for him, eating wise.

If he is getting yoghurt and cheese, then there is no need for milk.

Oh and my DD has not had milk ever. She is still growing fine.



Sounds like you and your son are doing great :-) keep it up!!! Well done!

Tanith - posted on 01/23/2011

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My son is 16 months and he still "breastfeeds" before his nap and at bedtime. I doubt there is much milk so it's mainly just a comfort thing to get him to fall asleep.

I was also concerned he doesn't get enough milk so I introduced a bottle of cows milk at around 14/15 months. I just woke up one morning and gave him a bottle instead of the boob. The morning one was better for me as he's starving and I knew if he was hungry he'd drink the bottle. And he did.

He now has a bottle of milk in the morning first thing and one at night before bed. He has his breakfast, lunch and supper plus snacks inbetween.

He went through a stage where he woke up 2/3 times at night but I never fed him, just rocked him back to sleep.

He won't up his solid intake unless he gets less breastfeeds.

I think it's brilliant you still breastfeed on demand, if you not concerned over his growth, then I'd continue what you doing.

I doubt he's waking up because he's hungry though. Many children still wake up at night. My friend has the same problem with her 18 month old. He's never slept through a night in his life. She keeps giving him bottles and I think he keeps waking up for his bottles because it's routine for him now.

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