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    Default Breastfeeding 11 month old

    Sorry the title doesn't give much away, I couldn't think of anything better!!

    I'm looking for some advice on how to get my 11 month old to feed more often during the day and less at night time. I realise its a lot easier said than done but any tips would be great!

    He currently wakes/feeds 4 times a night which is leaving me absolutely exhausted most days. I offer the boob after his first nap then before his second nap then after his second nap but lately he just doesn't want a bar of it. He'll suck for a second then wants to go off and play. I've tried offering the boob in our quiet room before and after his sleep, but same deal he just wants to crawl on to the bed and play. I even offer the boob before he goes to bed at night, this is hit and miss, sometimes he feeds and almost falls asleep sometimes he doesn't want it and goes to sleep on his own in his cot.

    He is offered a bottle with formula after he wakes up for the day in the morning, this is because hubby takes him so I can squeeze in a bit more sleep before he's off to work. He doesn't usually drink much of this as he's been awake for a feed an hour before hand.

    Any advice would be much appreciated!!

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    I can't offer any advice but would be interested in any as I could have written your post about my 8 month old. During the day I just can't get him to drink, somedays he has literally no milk all day and again I can't get him to feed before bed. But at night it's 3-4 feeds. I think for mine it's too boring at daytime and there's other things to do and at night the feed helps him sleep. Not sure how to fix it as he can self settle, I don't feed him to sleep during day.

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    I had a similarish scenario with my 10 month old and I was only able to change it by doing two things - first and I think most helpful was putting a sippy cup of water in his cot (we use a bbox as it doesn't usually leak) so that when he wakes he can have a drink himself. Secondly when he woke we let him grizzle himself back to sleep for a few nights. There was one night where he cried a bit - I kept an eye on the clock and if he wasn't back to sleep within 10 minutes I went to him. But after about 2-3 nights we went from 3/4/5 wakeups overnight to one or two on a bad night. If you're not willing to let them have a whinge then maybe start with the water?

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    Subbing - my 8 month old does the same.

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    I should add that this hasn't resulted in him having a lot more to drink during the day necessarily - but I'm working some days and not keen on pumping any more so I don't mind if he starts to wean. You could have hubby offer a bottle of EBM instead of formula if you are wanting Bub to have more boob milk during the day?

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    Worst part is (ok maybe it's not worse than getting up all hours of the night) is that the lack of feeding means my period is coming back 😔 oh well it was a pleasant 20 months without it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sallybea View Post
    Worst part is (ok maybe it's not worse than getting up all hours of the night) is that the lack of feeding means my period is coming back ������ oh well it was a pleasant 20 months without it..
    No period is defiantly one of the perks, for some of us, when feeding alol.

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    Default Breastfeeding 11 month old

    My dd is only 5 months so I cannot offer advice from personal experience. However, I have heard friends give something mixed into a bottle of milk for their bub's last feed before bed. Not sure if it was some form of cereal. They had to widen the teet on their bottle. Maybe someone else on the forum has heard of this too and can help??
    Good luck 😊
    Last edited by sarahd80; 04-03-2016 at 15:56.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahd80 View Post
    My dd is only 5 months so I cannot offer advice from personal experience. However, I have heard friends give something mixed into a bottle of milk for their bub's last feed before bed. Not sure if it was some form of cereal. They had to widen the teet on their bottle. Maybe someone else on the forum has heard of this too and can help??
    Good luck 😊
    That's actually a choking hazard and outdated advice.

    To the OP. Both my older girls went thru a phase of feeding lots around 8-10 mths. I found it was too much solids during the day. They weren't filling up on more calorie rich BM as I was offering too many solids. Once I slowed the solids to only breakfast and lunch it helped significantly. I didn't give a third meal till over 12mths.

    Babies that age are too busy exploring the world and aren't keen on feeding. As I always feed to sleep my girls get full tummies before and after every nap and every hour ish during their awake times. This helps them sleep better at night.

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    Default Breastfeeding 11 month old

    At 11 months (assuming bub has the all clear from the doctor) bub may very well be waking at night due to either
    1) habit (in which case the answer is to wean bub from the night feeds , stop feeding to sleep if that is happening - easier said than done I know)
    2) hunger - in which case time to up the solids if that's possible. Try feeding bub solids before milk for at least a couple of meals. Plenty of protein and carb. Perhaps start introducing morning and afternoon tea as well if you haven't already.

    Good luck
    Last edited by VicPark; 04-03-2016 at 18:18.


 

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