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Old 08-27-2013, 08:10 PM   #11
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Re: Is it horrible to want to night wean early?

I don't think 7 months is early at all for night weaning.

Feed every 3-4 hours during the day and do whatever you can to make sure he gets FULL--meaning, he gets to that fatty hindmilk at the end. My solution is to do single sided nursing starting around 3-6? weeks of age (my youngest is almost 2, so I can't remember for sure). So if the baby pops off and seems full, I would burp her and then try to relatch on the same breast, and then another time again after that, before I called her "done".

I know that on days when I didn't push it like that, my babies would be up that night to eat (I mean, they ate every night as newborns, but this was later on). I made the connection with sleep after I had EBF my third child. I was just pushing for full feeds to avoid the dreaded "low supply low weight gain" that so many EBF mamas deal with, not to get more sleep. But in doing so, they all night weaned between 10 and 12 weeks on their own. I think they just got SO stuffed during the day, there was no need to eat at night.

And like lily221 said, the body can adapt to a wide variety of feeding schedules, as long as enough calories are offered. I have always felt there is a major benefit to having a long stretch of time each day when the whole body, digestive tract included, can rest.

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Re: Is it horrible to want to night wean early?

Just to say that I understand how you feel. I got pregnant with DD#2 when DD#1 was 19 months old. I had to night wean her at 21 months old. I was torn about doing it but I just couldn't do it anymore. It took about a week. Her dad would take her and get her back to sleep. Hope you get something figured out!
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Re: Is it horrible to want to night wean early?

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You're clearly talking about a different set of boobs and a different tiny stomach
I'm not saying she should cold turkey her kiddo in one night. It took a few weeks of working up to this and soothing them back to sleep the first time they woke up. If they woke up again later, I would feed them. This didn't happen overnight
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:57 PM   #14
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I'm not saying she should cold turkey her kiddo in one night. It took a few weeks of working up to this and soothing them back to sleep the first time they woke up. If they woke up again later, I would feed them. This didn't happen overnight
Oh, I know

Its just my son sounds very similar to hers (minus the 4-5 hr stretches during the day). And im now convinced his stomach and my supply must be the same. He can't handle much at a time and I don't have a whole bunch to give at a time.

I might be wrong.

I didn't mean it to sound rude and I apologize if it came off that way.
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Night wean. It's fine
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Re: Is it horrible to want to night wean early?

Wow! So many great ideas and awesome support from you wonderful ladies! I have been so busy I haven't had the chance to get onto DS until now but these are all very valid points and great suggestions. I will definitely try offering more feedings more during the day! Does anyone have experience with night weaning while co-sleeping. We have co-slept since 2 weeks old and I'm wondering if it would be easier to transition him to his own crib/bed at this point as well?
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If you want to continue cosleeping, I'm a big fan of the Pantley pull-off (she is the author of the no cry sleep solution) for night weaning. I have no experience with a smaller baby but it worked well for my toddler. You can google it, or it is in the book. Not an overnight fix, though.
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