Doctor told me to stop breastfeeding baby at night...

M - posted on 01/31/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My baby girl is 7 months old. I'm still breastfeeding her and giving her cereals, fruits, veggies and a bit of meat.

However, she still wakes up at night once, sometimes twice. She goes to bed around 8, wakes up between 1:30 and 4:00 and again around7-8. It depends though. Anyways, my doctor told me today that she should be sleeping all night long and I should not be nursing her since I give her breast milk and cereals before bed. She said I should let her cry a little.

Yes, I am a bit tired, but I don't know what to think, I have mixed feelings about this?!

What do you think?

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Celeste - posted on 01/31/2013

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I never ask pediatricians about parenting advice, I just ask her about medical advice. It's up to you,not your pediatrician. Because breastmilk is to be their main source of nutrition, I nursed my twins at night.

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Tania - posted on 02/02/2013

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My son is 7mos3wks, at our last appointment the dr. asked if my son was feeding during the night (he is on occasion) and dr. said that night time feedings are no longer necessary and are more of a luxury. Well, I guess my son is living a luxury because if he wakes in the night and wants to feed, I'm there for him ;) Do what feels right for you and your baby!

M - posted on 02/01/2013

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Thanks!! I still want to wake up at night, I really don't mind it!! I feel much better...yesterday I felt weird coming back from the doctor, because of what she had told me, it didn't make sense. :)

Denikka - posted on 01/31/2013

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Stop when YOU are ready to stop.
My kids both breastfed for at least a year (12mo with my first, 14-15mo with my second). Both continued to breastfeed, sporadically, in the middle of the night, pretty much up until the very end.
Don't worry about it. Babies sleep through when they're ready to sleep through. And they'll stop asking for night time nursing when they're ready to stop that too. My kids just eventually started sleeping through their *usual* nursing times. And night time nursing isn't even always about actually needing to feed, so it may actually have nothing to do with what you give her at bed time. Nursing in general is just as much about comfort as it is about nutrition.

M - posted on 01/31/2013

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:) When it's your first it's hard sometimes I guess...you want to do the right thing! I'll know when I'm ready! Thanks! :)

M - posted on 01/31/2013

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Breastfeeding is very important to me, and I don't know if I want to stop bf at night just yet.

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