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How we stopped the night feeds with a 9 month old
« on: December 03, 2005, 11:26:03 am »
Hi

I am trying to get my 13 month old of her night feeds but she is breastfeed not formula. But my son who is now 3 years old was on formula from 7 months after being breastfeed for 7 months because he gave it up. I can remember trying to get my son of formula night feeds and I was diluting his feeds down but when I spoke to my health visitor about this, she told me that was wrong as it is harmfull to his digestive system. What she told me to do instead of giving him a 250 ml bottle of milk give him 200 mls milk and 50 milks coiled down boiling water and take away one of his night feeds and replace it with 150 mls of coiled down boiling water instead and if need be to give him a pacifiar (dummy) at sleep time only. And keep reduce his milk by 50mls every 2 weeks and increase the coiled down boiling water by 50mls after his milk and every 1 1/2 take away one of his night feeds. I took me 5 months to get him off his night feeds and he was also then sleeping through the night every night.
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Re: How we stopped the night feeds with a 9 month old
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2005, 14:46:37 pm »
Hi Alison! May I ask why it is harmful to the digestive system? My thought was it was just a little extra water, what could be so harmful?
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Re: How we stopped the night feeds with a 9 month old
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2005, 17:34:43 pm »
Christine,

Your advice on how to drop the night feeds has been very valious for us!

After one week of implementing it, Anna Krisztina was able to sleep last night from 9pm until 8.30 am without asking for a feed!!

From day 2 I could see a substantial improvement on her meals: she was taking more and in a regular manner and as you said, she is having huge breakfasts.

Thanks again!!! You just made me remember what was to sleep more than 8 hours in a row :wink:

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Re: How we stopped the night feeds with a 9 month old
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2005, 21:07:53 pm »
Silvia- Congratulations!!!!!!!!  :D Doesn't it feel good to get some sleep again?!?!?! I'm glad that my story helped you. Way to go!
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Re: How we stopped the night feeds with a 9 month old
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2005, 18:38:01 pm »
Thank you for this post!  I am hoping to do this with my DS but he is BF.  I will have to try reducing minutes instead, but of course, both watches with lights on them died this week!  Off to get the batteries replaced :wink:

so your three feeds included what used to be a DF time?  just curious the times of the old feeds.  I currently feed my DS at 5:30pm then he usually wakes around 9:30 or 10pm and has recently been up several times in the night (i don't think it's hunger) but I'll usually feed one side again at around 4am.  He's never gone more than 7.5 hours without a feed.  hmmm, anyone BFing that has done this?

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Re: How we stopped the night feeds with a 9 month old
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2005, 20:56:54 pm »
i may try your method as it sounds like it would work!..and congrats btw!  would i be able to do this with a bf baby...and do u think 6months is too early to try it? thanks
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Re: How we stopped the night feeds with a 9 month old
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2005, 01:28:47 am »
Cole's Mom - On a bad night, she would feed at 9:30 (old dream feed), 1 and 5.  :shock: For a long time though it seemed that she fed at 1 and 5. (with last bottle of the day at 6:15)

For the mommy's who BF - my only thought is that you could express your milk and then dilute it down and bottle feed the night feeds? My only other thought is that you will have to go the route of just decreasing the time you BF at night, gradually.
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Re: How we stopped the night feeds with a 9 month old
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2005, 01:55:02 am »
thanks Christine.  My lo won't take a bottle unfortunately.  Used to, but not now.  Another hurdle to overcome at some point :roll:
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Re: How we stopped the night feeds with a 9 month old
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2005, 02:38:37 am »
For Breastfeeding you can reduce the time they suck on the breast... so if a normal feed is 10mins, reduce to 8, then after a few days to 6, then 4, then 2 & then none... I actually only reduced to about 4mins & then stopped.
The other thing is with night feeds make sure you take them off as soon as the suck is not good & strong.
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Re: How we stopped the night feeds with a 9 month old
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2005, 02:55:38 am »
thanks Kate.  I've got so many hurdles to overcome right now. Teething, separation anxiety.  I can't wait to get a full nights sleep when he goes to college :P
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Re: How we stopped the night feeds with a 9 month old
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2005, 03:41:28 am »
thanks - will try this tonight as dd usually gets up sometime between 3:30 and 5:00 am...she shouldn't be tho b.c i started letting her drink out of a straw to get extra bm in this week so her day time calories have to be much better now.
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Re: How we stopped the night feeds with a 9 month old
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2005, 15:45:45 pm »
hmmm. little man cleared out my post before i hit submit!

should i expect a protest if i take him off early, and if so...just do pupd, patting until he goes back down?  Or in your experience do they just adjust to the decreased time?

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Re: How we stopped the night feeds with a 9 month old
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2005, 14:50:04 pm »
Hi...

I'm jenni, mom of 9.5 mo. old Pearce who's been waking in the middle of the night for maybe a week or two (lost count since i'm sleep deprived)...since Pearce won't take a bottle, i usually nurse him (10 min is WAY better than 1.5 hours!)...I did reduce the time nursing,(thank you Kate) he squawked but went right on to bed without pu/pd (something i've never been able to do effectively).

The problem, i can see is my attitude about it all and is related to my grouchiness regarding it....  When Pearce wakes up in the middle of the night, it makes ME grumpy during the day so that little things (Baby's teeth grinding, alarm clocks, etc...)really become big which sets things up in a bad way between dear hubby and me.  Mostly, if i would just continue to reduce nursing times, he'd probably learn to go on to sleep because he USED to sleep through the night pretty regularly.

This is something that i KNOW i must change for the sake of peace in our house...it has been MY grouchiness about all this that galvinizes my husband against "teaching a baby to sleep through the night" not the techniques themselves, per se.  At any rate, thanks for letting me say all that...now i need to talk with hubby and apologize for being a bear this morning.
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Re: How we stopped the night feeds with a 9 month old
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2005, 15:01:21 pm »
Hi Jenni-I totally know what you mean.  I haven't been myself since the night wakings started about six or more weeks ago. I've lost count now because my brain is so frazzled.  Now I'm dealing with a potential 9 month growth spurt so I've been feeding him if it's after 3am (last feed at 7pm) but sometimes he'll stay up 1.5 hours as you said even after the feed.  *sigh*  I want to work at getting him to sleep through but his 4th tooth is coming through and it's all red and swollen and I fear I've been APing for a long time now thinking he's in pain.

Going to wait a couple more days then work on having him go to sleep independantly.  He currently needs my hand on him to fall asleep.  Will do "classic" PUPD hopefully starting friday through Sunday since DH will be home monday and I can sleep during the day.

good luck to you.  I certainly know how hard it can be.  Thanks for letting me vent too, even though it wasn't really a related topic :D
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Re: How we stopped the night feeds with a 9 month old
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2006, 09:14:42 am »
this sounds great, we'll definitely be trying.  lo has been waking up hungry for a few weeks now.  i've been trying to just give him water, and sometimes this works, but... something like this plan would probably work better.  thanks for posting it!