Should a baby be woken up for a dream feed to get him to sleep through the night?

Chantal - posted on 12/30/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is on 5 bottles a day, 250ml and goes to bed at 7pm waking up at 7am. He wakes up during the night for a bottle, any time between 3-4am.

My question is, do you think I should introduce a dream feed between 11/12 pm and see if he sleeps through the nigh? I am not to keen on dream feeding as I personally think this will turn waking up around this time into a habit. If I continue to feed him when he wakes up during the night, will he at some stage wake up around 7am once solids are being introduced.

Advice and opinions appreciated.

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Karen - posted on 12/30/2011

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personally (and it's just my opinion) i wouldn't do a dream feed at that time...my reason is this - if you do the dream feeds every night, you're not going to know when he could sleep through. in a month or so he may be able to sleep through but if you're dream feeding you may not know that he developed that ability. i personally feel as if it messes up the body's natural ability to feel full through the night if you're feeding before they are wanting it. on another note- many people dream feed and it works for them :)

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