7.5 month old still feeding 2-3 times at night?

Jen - posted on 05/09/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




My 8 month old daughter was breastfed until 7 months though would drink via bottle... after pumping for 7 months my supply pretty much ran out; so I switched to formula. She started solids but is very resistent still... I can get her to take a few bites but just not that into it yet. She wakes up at pretty much the same time every night and will drink a full 4-6 ounces, whatever I make for her... I'm wondering if anyone else is still going through this? Is it more habit or hunger? Any tips/advice? She goes to sleep at 7, eats at 10, 12:30 & 3:30 then wakes up around 6:30 and eats again... I heard to give water instead of milk or the controlled cry? Any thoughts/suggestions are welcome... we are exhausted:(


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Jen - posted on 05/09/2012




Thank you! That helps... she is my 2nd and my son had no problem sleepign through the night without eating so this is new to me... I appreciate the advice and think I'm going to try giving her some water at the 12:30 feeding... (so at least if sleep deprived I'm not so much so at work):)

Alison - posted on 05/09/2012





Most specialists will say that this is not necessary beyond 6-7 months. The most conservative say 9 months, so I went with that (so there was no doubt in my mind that she did not need the feeding). At some point, yes, it is a habit and not a need and it is in everyone's interest to cut it out.

If you are ready (sounds like you are), replace her nighttime bottle with water. Expect screaming and fussing. Most kids will pull through in about 3 days. You can eliminate one feeding at a time (cutting the 12:30 first) or go for the gold.

Be strong! Be the mom!

Dove - posted on 05/09/2012




I had one that didn't sleep through the night without nursing until turning 2!

If she's drinking the full bottle then I would be inclined to believe that she is really hungry at those times. You could try cutting out the 12:30 feed and see if that makes her night wakings better or worse, but personally I'd just go with it for now.

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