night feeding

I need some help.. I am getting a bit tired of feeding bubs 3 or 4 times a night, I will not let her cry it out as I hate it.. so I am asking for strategies that worked for you... it seems the more stressed I am the more she wakes at night which isnt helping the situation at all....

she has yet to sleep the whole night and is over 12 months old, the longest sleep I have had since august last year is 7 hours....

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4 comments:

singlemamatalesitall said...
December 10, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Well mama I hope your lil one surprises you and omits the night time feeding as a xmas gift. :-) I have no clear cut advise but I do understand. Muffin will be 1 next month and still wakes up 2 times at night and I think its cause she smells the milk and knows its right there...but when I try to lay her in her crib she hollars so I just end up with her back in the bed with me. Just last night she sleep 8hrs straight. I am excited to about going to sleep to see if this repeats but I am not getting my hopes up. My guess it they will out grow it. I'm assuming by the time she is 15 months. Well actually that's my cut off of the night time feeding regardless. Mommy gonna go on strike. ;-)

Jenn said...
December 10, 2010 at 3:24 PM

yeah I hear ya. it IS normal for a 12mth old to be waking that often at night, its just that people don't talk about it.
What worked for us was changing the bed so it went Daisy/Phil/Me, so daddy was in charge of the night waking. He would try his best to get her back to sleep, but if it didn't work would pass her over to me for a feed. After about a week we had halved the number of night feeds using this method. Now at 18mths she is weaned (self weaned due to me being pregnant) so its no longer an issue, but she still wakes for a cuddle or some water a few times a night. So not all night waking will be fixed by night weaning!
Have you had a look at Jay Gordons night weaning stuff?

K said...
December 10, 2010 at 6:17 PM

I stopped offering milk during the night by about 10 months (mind you I had a chubba bubba who definitely did not need any feeding overnight) - but she did, and still does get very thirsty - so I started offering her a sippy cup of water. After a few nights of frustration, it definitely helped. The wake ups were much much quicker, and easier to settle. I think I had to be a bit brutal though and once I stopped at night, that was it, no going back.
Good luck!

Demelza said...
December 10, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Hubby is one month out from his phd being due so hes not able to help at night as hes getting very little sleep anyway, I am finding that if she sleeps with me she feeds more now than if I put her back to bed so I am trying really hard to put her in her cot. shes not very big sizewise so I guess I have been letting her feed, but I need some sleep. thanks guys its nice to know that I am not the only one out there lol....

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