too many night-feedings

Sofia - posted on 03/13/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 8 (almost 9) month old is still waking 3 to 4 times per night to nurse. I think its more of a comfort thing since he doesnt use a pacifier anymore (gave it up t 6 months). I nurse him to sleep because otherwise he screams and wails and wont go down. I have been co-sleeping with him and recently got a mini-crib to put next to our bed. My husband has moved to a diff room to get more sleep and i am considering putting him in the crib, and out of the bedroom. Partially because we need our space back since out 2 bed apt. is taken over by our 3 kids under 3. I think it affecting our marriage and I dont know if cutting out his night time feedings is advisable or not. I dont want him to use me as a pacifier and it would be nice to get 5 or 6 hours of sleep straight. Is it too early to move him to his own room? my first two were not breastfed and in their cribs by now, but they learned to sleep by the cry it out method and i have been doing things differently this time around. i dont want to move him out, stop nursing him in the middle of the night and let him all at once. I need a gentle way to do all this. We need out room back and he is gaining more than enough wieght so he really doesnt NEED the feedings. just looking for any ideas or input. thanks

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Lise - posted on 03/13/2011

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I personally don't think that you should cut out the night feedings b/c he's so young, but there is no harm in moving him to his own crib/room if you want. I just believe that he who owns the tummy should decide when to eat. Eight months is SO YOUNG.

My daughter ate every 2-3 hours at night until she was around a year, and then she started sttn. Even now (at 17 months) there are nights where she will stir to nurse once or twice, often during developmental milestones. Babies will need to eat more when learning new things, and can use the comfort during times like teething.

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Katherine - posted on 03/13/2011

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I had a no-sleep-til-Brookyln baby too. One of the things that really helped me was The No-Cry Sleep Solution. It's actually got suggestions for co-sleeping as well, so if you're interested in continuing that, there's help for more night sleep plus continued baby snuggles. :) She also has transitioning options in there too, I think.

I'd personally keep the night nursings in for a little bit longer, but perhaps try to space them out a little more. It's amazing what just an extra hour of sleep can do.

*hugs* It gets better, I promise.

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