Has anyone tried it? How old when you started?
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03-09-2012 05:57 #1
03-09-2012 06:03 #2
I would love to hear some tips in this also. My bub is 8 months and I'm still feeding about 3 or 4 times a night (sometimes more). I wouldn't mind but I'm back at work and struggling with being so tired
03-09-2012 06:59 #3
My bub is almost 8 months, some nights only one feed, but can be up to four a night! I'm dying for a good nights sleep, even the nights she just has one feed I still don't get a good nights sleep because my breasts get sore :-/
03-09-2012 07:07 #4Senior Member
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my dd nightweaned at 15 months. my ds is 7 months and no way ready to night wean.
it really is much easier when they are ready., i just don't have the energy to fight for something when baby is not ready for it.
can you catch up on some rest on the weekend?
03-09-2012 07:07 #5
I managed to drop one (of three) feeds at 6 months (just by cuddling DS back to sleep - took three nights before he slept through that feed).
Then he got gastro at 8 months and was off his solids for a week, so I was feeding him on demand. I'm now trying to drop that feed again but he's on to me. Cuddling to sleep doesn't work, and he won't settle in the cot at night, he just screams until I pick him up. Can't send DH in - he just screams.
12-09-2012 17:54 #6
12-09-2012 18:09 #7Senior Member
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Re: Night weaning??
My ds was nursing over night til 20 months when i force weaned him.
Not a popular thing to say & he was not impressed with it but after a few months of him wakinh 1-1.5 hourly to nurse back to sleep i was a wreck.
I brought an avent no spill sipper cup and it went to bed with me.
The first time he woke i said no, no milk but you can have your sippy cup & a cuddle.
The first night he screamed, he was very upset.
After that for about 4 nights he just chucked a temper tantrum and after that he woke & asked for his sippy & a cuddle.
He still tries to get milk in the middle of the night now 7 months later
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12-09-2012 18:26 #8
I night weaned at 10 months. Only after I spoke to my CHN countless times asking when I could wean him.
I know I could have just followed my instincts but I wanted them to tell me it was ok.
It took 3 or 4 nights of dummy, cuddles, patting, crying (although never CIO) and all been pretty good since then. It's hard and now sometimes I wonder if I did the right thing but he's still happy. I think I miss it more than he does, but that's BF in general
12-09-2012 18:39 #9
I tried to night wean my ds at 10 - 11 months and failed dismally. He would stay awake for hours until he got the milk he wanted and it made my supply drop off too I think. He stopped BFing at 12 months but still wanted formula overnight til 15 months.
My dd is 12 months old in 2.5 weeks and still has 1 feed overnight (around midnight) and then feeds again at 5 - 6am. I'd love to nightwean her, but she won't have a bar of it! No amount of distraction in any form stops her wanting her milk. I'm trying to get more food into her during the day to see if that makes a difference - I hope so. The sleep deprivation is really hard. I think if she's still having an overnight feed at 14 months I'll force wean her.
15-09-2012 13:29 #10
I've not tried yet. DD is 6.5 months old and still regularly feeds once or twice on regular nights or three or four times on a bad night.
IMO I figure I can cope with the number of night feeds and DD will only feed if she needs it, so I'm waiting for her to night wean herself.
Fair enough I dont have the breast pain issue you have as I FF and it's not been as long for me (it could change by your stage) but I think we become obsessed with what our babies 'should' be doing and we don't
focus enough on what our individual babies need to be doing.
They say only 50% of babies sleep through the night (for a five hour stretch not actually 12 hours) at 6 months so if there was actually a stat of how many sleep a 10-12 hour all night stretch at 6 months it would be so much less, then factor in how long it would then take for all babies to do this, it's perfectly legitimate that some babies need those night feeds.
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