Night Breastfeeding

Hi,
I am a breastfeeding mother.My baby boy is a year ans one month old and I m facing a huge problem in weaning off the breastfeeding in the night.I have tried almost everything.He is on solids.I just want to stop the feeding in the night or reduce it at least by half.My baby does not have a consistent sleep in the night.Wakes up every one or two hours and has to be breastfeed to sleep.Tried sippycup And bottle n every way possible made it take by husband but he just refuses to take it.In the night he is fed the last meal and diapers are checked..hence no reason to wake up so often apart from which if it is thirst refuses everything else.His day time feeding is not there if he is kept busy with others but when sees me alone has to ask for milk.Plssssss help for night weaning as I m tired and sleepless since ages.He doesn't get convinced by rocking either especially if it is from me and if by husband works twice maximum otherwise it's breastfeed again and when m all alone I the night there is feeding all the time as in when he wakes up.I don't know what I can do to help myself anymore.

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Dec 12, 2012
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This too shall pass
by: Allison Ferraro

You are definitely not alone! I have been going through this since my now 15 month old began teething. She needs it for comfort and now relies on breastfeeding to fall asleep. All. Night. My goal is to start weaning at 18 months and to begin by discussing it with her. It's amazing what they can comprehend and by telling her of the changes that we are going to make, I'm hoping that it will be a little bit easier. I'm really hoping! Would love to hear advice from others that have been there! Good luck to you. I know how hard it is to be severely sleep deprived for over a year.
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Dec 12, 2012
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my findings
by: Anonymous

Hi

I have been looking online for ways to do this too. My little girl is 17 months old and still wakes up between 3 to 4 times in the night to breastfeed.

I have been watching SuperNanny, and came across a video (the young family) now I know this is very controversial and many do not believe in letting their children cry it out, but in this video, they tell mom to sit close to the door, so that baby can see her and still feel secure.

I think I'm going to give it a try, the baby in the video started sleeping through after the second night or so. It will be so worth it, if I can start sleeping in the bed with my husband again (alone)!!

I think also, just encase your child is drinking for nutrition at night and not just comfort, you should make sure that they are eating enough during the day.

So this is how it works:

You stick to a bedtime routine, bath story and then always at the same time.

Then, either you or your partner sit with a little light shining in, approximately 4 feet away from the open door, so that your baby can see you. sit with your back facing baby.

Then, you just sit there in the dark and wait it out (while baby screams) until baby falls asleep. In the video it took a half hour of screaming the first day for baby to fall asleep.

Then, because we have little ones that wake up a few times per night, we will need to repeat this every time baby wakes up. Consistency is key, don't give up. It's really difficult if your child is not sleeping in a cot, because then they can get up and you will have to put them back in the bed every time they get up.

I also suggest that you do not do this if baby is teething, teething babies depend in their mom's boobs for comfort and pain relief.

In the video, the next night was 20 minutes if I remember correctly and then only two minutes in the middle of the night. So this seems to work quick and you will lose some sleep the first few nights but gain hours of sleep later.

Hope this will help

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