Breast feeding at night for one year old

Merlinda - posted on 01/21/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is a little over a year old. When I went to his one year check up the doctor suggested I stop comfort nursing at night. My son has learned a bad habit...basically he feels like he needs me to put him back to sleep when he wakes. My doctor suggested that my husband go in at night and offer comfort. My husband will try to offer a drink of water and rock him back to sleep. My son cries and cries until I go in and nurse him. I have waited as long as 30 minutes....he cried the entire time with my husband until I went it and nursed him. He was solely nursed until a year old. When he turned a year, I decided I would ONLY nurse him in the morning and at night. He takes a sippy cup of whole milk during the day. My husband used to be able to go in and comfort my son back to sleep, but not it's impossible. My concern is not so much about not sleeping through the night...it's about needing to comfort nurse to go back to bed. Any suggestions?

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Celeste - posted on 01/27/2014

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Ok, glad it's your decision. Doctors aren't the most knowledgeable about breastfeeding so wanted to make sure you are aware :) Check out the dr jay Gordon night weaning method link that I posted. It's pretty similar to what you're doing now.

Merlinda - posted on 01/27/2014

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Thanks. I understand the whole idea of the importance of my son getting breast milk, which is why I've nursed for as long as I have. I also know that it is my decision to wean when I see fit. My main issue is with the comfort nursing at night, which is totally unnecessary. If my son needed the extra calories then I wouldn't mind one bit. But I feel like my son needs to learn to fall asleep on his own and not use me as a pacifier to put him back to bed. Which is the reason I was having my husband go in at night so that my son didn't always depend on me to put him back to sleep. I still prefer to nurse in the morning and before bed....but I no longer pump at work for day time bottles (it's also important that he get used to a sippy) and I don't see the point in nursing in the middle of the night. Thanks for the in put and advice! :)

Celeste - posted on 01/21/2014

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You don't have to stop comfort nursing at night if you don't want to. There's nothing wrong with it. My twins comfort nursed at night. It's not up to the Dr. However, if you are ready to night wean, here's a good technique to night wean, which sounds similar to what your Dr suggested.. But be aware that he may not be ready. I had to try twice, once when they were about a year old and then again at when they were about 18 months. It went much smoother when I waited a little longer:
http://drjaygordon.com/attachment/sleepp...

A couple of thoughts. It's totally up to you how you want to nurse your child, not the Dr's. If you want to only nurse him twice a day, that's totally fine! It's also OK to nurse him more often than that as well. In fact, if you nurse him at least 3 x's a day, you don't need whole milk. Mama's milk IS whole milk.

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