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    I fed all of mine to sleep until (on average 2 ish) and then I just laid with them. It's something that takes all of ten minutes and it works for our family. DD is now 8, DS1 is nearly 6 and DS2 just over two and they all sleep really well. Don't worry about the "shoulds" just follow your instincts.

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    I fed DS1 to sleep (bottle) and he would wake 5-7 times a night.
    I nearly went crazy.

    I think it's absolutely great that you enjoy the time together and realistically if it's working for you all, I wouldn't worry about it.

    My only piece of advice is watch for bottle decay. DS1 ended up with really bad teeth which has given us years of dramas. He had 6 removed at hospital at 1.5/2yrs and multiple fillings done.
    Everything else corrects it's self or can be fixed, but that is hard to undo!


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    If it works for both of you keep doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amber4304 View Post
    I've gotten into the habit of feeding 9 mth DS to sleep. Actually, I've been doing it for a couple of months because it works and is easy most nights. He will still go to sleep sometimes by rocking. Some nights I'm ok with the fact that he's fed to sleep and other nights I think should stop doing it.

    At the moment he has a bottle at night and then normally sleeps for 7-8 hours, has another bottle and then goes straight back to sleep. His naps after a bottle can last anywhere from 40 minutes to 3 hours.

    So, does anyone else feed to sleep? How and when did you stop? How long was the adjustment? What about the night waking - do/did you still feed to sleep? (I don't think I would have the energy to do anything else at that time of night)
    I fed my last 2 to sleep. I still feed DD to sleep most of the time but sometimes she goes to sleep without it especially if I am out. I stopped feeding DS2 to sleep when I was pregnant with DD, just started taking him of as he dosed off. Didn't take him long to adjust, a few nights. We co-slept so he still got hugs just no boobie. DD is 2.5 and starts off in her own bed and she usually comes in sometime after midnight and has a feed and goes back to sleep, I've started putting her back in her bed recently. She normally wakes just the once. Last night she stayed in her own bed all night and just came in around 6am for a feed and went back to sleep til 7:30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I fed bub to sleep at night until he was about 12? weeks. After he fell asleep I would have to hold him for 20 minutes before transferring him to the cot. he would only sleep for a little bit, then he would wake up.

    Anyway it was all a big fat pain in the butt and did nothing to improve the already trying arsenic hours.

    I did a bit of reading and figured feeding to sleep probably wasn't helping. So I stopped. Tried other tactics. White noise, musical mobile (dumb!) classical music etc. Arsenic hours continued. Then I did more reading and figure ld I was probably stimulating bub too much before bed. So the TV/music/white noise eta was cut. Within 2 nights bub went down at 7pm like a dream and stayed asleep until around 7am. 2 nights of pain was well worth having bub sleep through with no settling required from approx 3 months.

    Best of luck whatever you decide to do...
    Hi Vicpark
    What did you do on those two nights? Did your bub protest? I have the same problem and am tired.

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    I bf DD3 to sleep, she is 11 months. It works, if she wakes at night I bf her back to sleep.., so easy. I'll stop when she wants to, it works for us & I am not worried about what she "should" be doing (according to other people).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpie View Post
    Hi Vicpark
    What did you do on those two nights? Did your bub protest? I have the same problem and am tired.
    I am also interested in VP's response. Define 2 nights of pain? DD falls asleep super quick on the boob post her evening bath. How do I keep her awake?
    I only ask because sometimes DD is full but tired and then goes nuts cos she doesn't want to feed and then can't sleep and that's not fair on her. The paci has limited success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amber4304 View Post
    Thank you all for your responses.

    I guess I feel a bit guilty that he isn't self settling like people say he 'should' be. It's good to know that other's have stopped on their own. I think I'll keep going for a while and hope that this happens. To be honest, I enjoy the cuddles as I work full time and don't feel like I get to spend enough time with him during the week.
    Mummy guilt is the worst! And apparently it never goes away, you just find new things to feel guilty over.

    If he is sleeping well and it doesn't bother you, go with it. I don't regularly feed to sleep as ds will then wake a million times that night, so go with it while you are both happy and it's working.

    I can only imagine how you feel leaving him to work fulltime. I only work two days a week and when I get home I just want to cuddle and kiss him for hours (he promptly pushes me away though when he has had enough )

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    I started a very similar thread a month or too back when I started nursing dd to sleep at 9 months too. Now at almost 12 months, I don't need to do it anymore, babies go through a sleep regression at 8-10 months, it was just a phase and feeding to sleep helped greatly. Didn't need to retrain dd I just tried putting her down without it and she was fine.

    Go with it it'll make this phase much easier

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    @VicPark eagerly awaiting your response


 

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