HV has confused me again - BF overnight now weaning

(6 Posts)
Missfrumpsalot Wed 30-Apr-14 16:03:32

Its my own fault for getting my DH to take DD to be weighed today. I shouldn't let him out unattended!

DD is 7 months on Friday, almost on 3 meals a day and is still BF. The HV has said to DH that now she weighs 17'9 I should stop BF her overnight (she wakes every 3 hours currently, I alternate between rocking back to sleep and feeding) as if I carry on we'll have problems with obesity.

I thought that food was for fun until one and that milk would be her main source of nutrition still for a while yet. We don't force great quantities of food down her, she does tend to feed to sleep with milk at night but during the day she will settle with a cuddle and a rock.

Should I go for a second opinion with another HV (it wasn't my usual one who I trust and who understands my PFB tendancies- its also worth me mentioning I spent ages and ages getting to grips with BF and was very stubborn about getting it right for DD)

Do you have any experiences to share- should I carry on as I am?

leedy Wed 30-Apr-14 16:08:02

Carry on as you are! That advice sounds bizarre. I've never heard about night feeds causing obesity! And yes, at 7 months old milk should be her main source of nutrition, she'll gradually ramp up on the solids over the course of the next few months.

FatalCabbage Wed 30-Apr-14 16:11:51


Carry on as you are. I'd like to see anyone tell my not-yet-6mo 20lber he couldn't feed at night.

FatalCabbage Wed 30-Apr-14 16:13:04

FWIW there does seem to be a tiny, tiny link with lots of overnight ff or cows' milk, but not with bf, which appears to protect against obesity if anything.

katandkits Wed 30-Apr-14 16:15:06

My DS fed at least once, sometimes several times overnight till 11 months. He remains on the 50th centile so it has not made him obese. Often he just needed a comfort boobie to get back to sleep, especially when he had teething pain.I expect your HV has not had much up to date training in breastfeeding, this is a common problem.

Missfrumpsalot Wed 30-Apr-14 16:15:51

I knew it. It sounded completely wrong (I don't think its my DH's retelling either) I certainly won't be getting her weighed again for a while. There's something about HV's being determined to make you feel like you're doing everything wrong no matter what you do.

Thank you- I've now got to phrase it correctly when I get home to make sure that he doesn't think I disbelieve him!

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