Cant get 18 mth old to stop breastfeeding during the night

Tanya - posted on 06/16/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 18 mth old is still wanting to be breastfed during the night. He wakes up about 4 times, but I try only feed him twice. He takes to a bottle but not at night. Any suggestions on how I can get him to totally go off the breast?

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Shayna - posted on 06/17/2010

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oh yeah by the way you might wanna make sure your child doesnt have nursing bottle caries...cavities...because mine does from the frequent night feedings...im actually going tomorrow to get his teeth fixed..i had no idea they could get it from breastmilk.

Shayna - posted on 06/17/2010

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as a mom who is breastfeeding a 16 month old ill tell u i cut out the night feeds first (as of a couple months ago ive been trying to ween) like everyone else dont feed into him. my son sleeps in his crib in our room.(im gradually moving him out of here as soon as he can sleep thru the night) anyway i feel that this helps with the weening bc he doesnt want your milk he wants YOU its comfort for both of us :) ....but i would rub his back...and you can sing if you want...but dont speak a WORD....it shows ur giving in...believe me hell fall asleep let him cry dont leave the room though...after a few weeks take 10 more steps outta the room......my son eventually got used to not feeding at night he still puts up a fight but he knows what to do when i put him in his crib........good luck.....does he sleep in your room?

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Just don't give it to him. Because you are still feeding him at night he is likely not getting enough calories through the day to comfortably sleep through the night without feeling hungry.
Also you have now reinforced him to fall asleep while nursing and since you aren't going to be nursing him forever you want him to learn how to fall asleep on his own.

At 18 months you also might want to consider dropping the bottle entirely and give him sippy cups instead.

Our son goes to bed with a sippy cup of water and has done so since shortly after he stopped nursing.

As to ensuring he is not actually hungry in the night when you drop the nursing, give him a bed time snack before brushing his teeth and story (or what ever your routine is).

He is wanting it for comfort, not because he needs it at his age.

Good luck!

Jen - posted on 06/16/2010

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abit of tough love im affraid u need to get him out of feeding during the night if his totally weaned during the day he doesnt need to eat or drink through the night

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