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    Default How do u cut out a night feed?

    As topic suggests wen bub is old enough to sleep thru how do u wean them off the night feed

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    You could try giving water? They will realize that they don't need it :-)

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    With both my babies, I just knew when it was time. They were both eating well during the day and having enough breast feeds in daylight hours.

    I sent DH in to settle them. That way they didn't smell my milk and expect a feed. It's hard work but you just have to rock/pat/cuddle etc until they fall asleep. It takes patience and time.

    I have heard offering water can also help.

    Good luck!

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    I pat and "shush" to resettle instead of feed.
    I'm currently trying to cut back my 8 month DS's night feeds. He was still feeding every 3 hrs overnight, so last night I gave him a dream feed at 10 rather than waiting for him to wake and then didn't feed him until 4am. Was up several times, patting etc. but he settled quickly and I'm hoping we have less wake ups tonight. Once he's sleeping from 10-4 regularly I'll try and push the morning one later and then drop the dream feed some time after that.

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    3 of mine I just left to figure it out for themselves...they night weaned around 14 months I guess. The other 2 I cuddled and sang to the until they resettled without a feed, but they were quite a bit over the age of 1.

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    Baby will often start to increase their asleep time (and therefore 'miss' a feed) over time without you having to do anything. This happens at different times for different kids.

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    We used Dr Jay Gordons night weaning technique.

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    I would cuddle DS back to sleep. It took me three nights - the first night he took an hour to go back to sleep, and the next two nights, less. Fourth night he skipped that feed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilovehats View Post
    We used Dr Jay Gordons night weaning technique.
    Same here when DD1 was 14mths.

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    DD started sleeping thru the night at 4months old. So she just stopped waking for a feed during the night. Her last feed would be 10pm and she would sleep thru till 6-7am.
    If on the odd occasion she did wake for a feed id "comfort feed" her untill she settled/got sleepy or as soon as i saw her stop suckling and start to fall asleep id rock her for a moment and put her down. No lights, no nappy change no unwrapping, no eye contact, minimal fuss.

    Sometimes she would wake at her usual 'night feed' time around 3-4am and id just listen to her grizzle/cry for a monent to see if it turned into anything worth me getting up for. I worked out she was just trying to self settle, she wasnt hungry at all.
    goodluck but im sure your bub will do it him/herself when he/she's ready.
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