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When do you start to cut the night feeds out? I cant really find anything specific in my book. It talks about sleeping through and settling...but what about the feeds? Do you just not feed them one night......cold turkey...or do you cut say the 11 pm feed out......first...then only do the early morning feed???
Help please!!! :confused:
P.S I'll feel like such a cow saying NO FOOD FOR YOU!
I dropped the late night (10-11pm) feed before the 2am one. I didn't really think about it too much. It was a combination of realising that dd wasn't really interested in the evening bottle (she'd want to play), and one night when I went to get the 2am bottle I came back to find her already resettled back to sleep.
Remember that when some books talk about "sleeping through" they may mean 6 or 7 hours of sleep, not 11.
You don't HAVE to cut out night feeds at all.
A lot of co-sleeping mums, myself included, simply let their children self wean at night.
It can take a while, but it certainly does happen without you having to actively do anything.
We dropped the night feeds at about 6 months. It took a couple of weeks for ds to get the message, I think it was just a habit and when he knew we were serious about no night feeds he was fine.
We gave him water for about a week, and he'd have a sip but I don't think he was thirsty, he was just used to having a feed to help him settle. Now we just go and pop the dummy in if he's unsettled, and he gets himself back to sleep.
In saying that, however, because he's teething there have been nights where that's all out the window and we go with what 'feels' right. But we try and keep the same routine so he doesn't get confused.
Thanks for your response. For the past 2 night's I cut the 11pm feed...first night there was a bit of fussing....last night a peep or two. When I do feed O in the early hours of the morn he doesn't even feed like a rabbid dog so I figure its not killing him. He's 8 months old today.....plenty of fat to see him through. I'm getting a bit more sleep.....so feeling a bit more human!
Lets just hope it stays this way. Knock on wood! :D
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