Night weaning

Amanda - posted on 01/08/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I was curious when most moms have night weaned their babies. I thought my 8.5 month old was ready (eating solids three times/day and nursing 4-5 times during the day and once at night) so I got 4 nights feed free. On the 5th night, he had a 45 minute melt down where I ended up nursing him then didnt hear a peep for the rest of the night (he usually makes all kinds of noise in his sleep but settles himself unless he wants to eat). So of course, I felt guilty for the previous 4 nights and am wondering if I'm pushing for too much too soon.

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Jessyka - posted on 01/08/2011

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One of the most gentle methods of weaning (day or night) is the don't offer, don't refuse.

I would not feel guilty for going those four nights nurse free. He obviously was ready those few nights. The fifth night -- who knows? Maybe he didn't have enough to eat/drink during the day, or maybe he needed the added comfort.

If you would like to night wean your baby, which is completely up to you, obviously, I would suggest trying other methods of helping your son settle but if he is "asking" for the breast, give it to him. You can always try to give him a cuddle, or a cup of water, or have your significant other (if they are involved) help him to fall asleep.

Lise - posted on 01/08/2011

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I, personally, would wait. Breastmilk should be the main source of nutrition until a year, so I wouldn't consider it before then (my personal feeling). My daughter is 14.5 months, and we haven't nightweaned, but she sleeps through most nights and when she does ask to nurse, she really is hungry so I don't feel it's time for her yet.

Does your lo drink a lot at night?

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