M.C. asks from McKinney, TX on April 20, 2008
9 Month Old Still Wakes up 2 Times a Night to Nurse
Okay mamas I have a problem. My son, 9 months, is STILL waking up at least 2 times if not more often at night to nurse. My daughter slept through the night starting at 3 months. I know that every baby is different but this seems a little much to me. He eats a TON during the day. We do baby food, finger foods, water, lots of snacks plus he nurses about 3 times during the day. I don't think this is just a habit b/c he really is hungry when he does wake up. Any advice???
J.H. answers from Amarillo on April 21, 2008
I'm not for sticking a pacifyer in their mouth when they are happy but it sounds like you could sure use one in the middle of the night. It sounds more like a habit if he has plenty to eat before bedtime. Hold the pacifyer with him a bit at first ,, then just give it to him with out holding him, and see if this works.This worked for my daughter.
K.R. answers from Lubbock on April 21, 2008
M., it's been a long time since I've breast fed, but as I recall I had one that did that too. I just ended up taking her to bed with me during those night feedings because I got tired of her waking me up 2-3 times during the night. I'd feed her on one side turn over and feed her on the other and then go right back to sleep. When she'd wake back up and want to nurse again I was right there and we'd go again. Maybe not what you want to hear, but with her waking up and my needing my sleep, it was the best problem solver for us all! As I recall, this was only temporary. She finally stopped needing the nightly feedings. Maybe just a month and a half or so? That was 22 years ago and my memory is a little rusty, lol! I have three children and breast fed all of them. She's the only one that did that.
E.M. answers from Dallas on April 21, 2008
Nursing more during the day would probably help. 3 times a day does not seem like nearly enough for a 9 month old to me. Also, it is possible for some babies to be hungry during the night all the way up to 18 months. It seems simple to me, if he is hungry, then feed him.
K.K. answers from Dallas on April 21, 2008
Both of my kids woke up until they turned 12 months....just thought I might encourage you to listen to him if you feel he is really hungry...now my kids are great sleepers and are fine, but they did it on their own at 12 months.
H.G. answers from Dallas on April 21, 2008
At this point it is just habit for him to wake up.
Do not feed him anymore at night.
Let him cry and see if he goes back to sleep.
If he does not then pick him up and rock him for a bit and then put him back to bed.
This may take up to 2 weeks but once he figures out he is not going to get fed he will start sleeping through the night.
A.A. answers from Dallas on April 23, 2008
Yup, cold turkey him. He will definitely get the message in a few nights when you give him a binky instead of his milk. Babies can certainly make it all the way through the night at 6 months for SURE and for positively sure sure 9 months.
It may suck for a few nights but you will be rewarded greatly.
K.H. answers from Dallas on April 21, 2008
My 7 mo old is doing the same! She does better if sleeping in her own crib at night, but she's a clingy little thing and likes to be attached to me all night! Plus my hubby doesn't get to see her much in the day, so he wants her in bed with us :)
Is he sleeping on his own or near you? I find that my little one will nurse ALL night if I'm near. She's a thumb sucker, but would rather have the booby to comfort her!!
Hope you get some good advice, I'm eager to see what everyone else says!
C.C. answers from Dallas on April 21, 2008
He really doesn't need to eat at night, but because you keep feeding him, he'll keep on waking up at night expecting to be fed. At this point, it is on you and your husband to wean him from this expectation. It is never a pleasant task, and there are many methods you can try. For me, I just let my daughter "cry it out." It was tough, but after 3 nights she started sleeping through the night (just like her pediatrician said). We would go in the room just to make sure everything was OK, then leave. The first night she cried for nearly an hour! And since then, she has been a good sleeper. I recently read an article in a magazine about parents who researched all the different methods, but finally chose to let their son cry it out. They admitted how tough it was, but after four days their son was sleeping through the night. But you need to choose the method you're most comfortable with. Good luck!