he is 7 months, feeds at least twice during night and seems hungry at least one of them. Has between 10 and 20mins . Not wanting milk in day. Struggles to go back into a deep sleep unless fed.Not sure whether cold turkeyb is too harsh but don;t know any other way when he depends on it to sleep
He has 2 naps. Have to rock him for first one, pushchair for second but wakes after 45 mins and will fall back to sleep in arms for another hour. He is not good at self settling- hence the boob!!. Will go down with shh tummy rub at night but only at bed time not for naps and usually not during night. If i try it takes about an hour then he only goes into light sleep and it all starts again. Not sure where to go from there. I know i can't cope with very disturbed nights as it triggers bad insomnia then i can't cope with a crying baby- my stress levels would accelerate very quickly then. How ever want to try something new that won't cause my insomnia but help LO to learn to self sooth. Taking away all night feeds in one go seems a bit drastic. Also got other kids and DH who works nights. He has all his milk beween 7 pm and 7 am! I have spent ages looking at CIO/CC/PUPD but really dont think i can do any without making things more dificult first and my priority has to be not triggering insomnia.
Just a thought tho. Have just adjusted evening meal time so that i can persuade him to have a bottle at 7:30( he was only having 2/3oz) before bed hoping that he would have one less feed during night Would i be better giving more food and not worrying if he doesn't have a bedtime bottle? It might fill him more.
I wouldn't try to night wean such a young baby. Even doctors will say that medically some babies need to feed at night until at least nine months old. There are also several more growth spurts in the first year so he may genuinely need the milk. If you're worried about him using feeding as a sleep cue, perhaps you could use something like Pantley's Gentle Removal Plan instead. There's lots more detail about it in her No Cry Sleep Solution book, but basically it involves feeding until they are sleepy but not asleep and then removing baby gently from the breast. If they protest, you just put them back on and try again 10-60 seconds later. The idea is that you keep doing that and eventually they learn to fall asleep without being on the breast.
Agree with FoE. TBH, he's too young to try forcing night weaning or STTN. My nearly 8 month old DD, BF baby is still waking to eat and/or comfort suck every 1-3 hours. My DS woke every 2-3 hours to eat until he was 8 months old. Then he started stretching his feeds out and started STTN at about 10 months old. Some babies won't STTN until well over a year. It's normal -- not fun, but normal.
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