AIBU to stop bf my ten month old during the night?(28 Posts)
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He doesn’t eat huge portions in the day as I suspect he’s filling up on milk. I am thinking of going cold turkey with the night feeds. I feel suffocated by bf. He still feeds up to 6 times in the day too and several times in the night. I want to wean off breast totally close to one year.
YANBU. He shouldn't need a feed overnight at that age.
I stopped at 9 mo due to complete sleep deprivation - he was feeding for a few mins 5/6 times a night.
Sent dh in with a bottle the first night, had an oz and slept through!! Second night dh offered water. Had none. And slept through. Third night ds slept 7-7 and has done ever since.. He is 4. 5 and loves his bed!
Thank you. I also need to stop feeding to sleep. I know there will be a lot of crying. Any advice?
Just stop. He's old enough. He'll get over it and you need some sleep.
There was no crying! Dh laid ds back down, no talking, bit of shh shh and out in seconds.
Have you got a DP, get him to do the bed times. Maybe it’s a bit late now but I avoided the ‘feeding to sleep’ all together, my DS soon learned to self settle but it’s going to be harder if you've always fed him to sleep.
That’s amazing - this would never be the case for me. We have tried, he’s cried and cried. Teething and 8-10 month regression have delayed my efforts...or is there never a right time?
I would like DS to stop bf at night too but he bedshares and I think it’s practically impossible as he smells the milk on me - good luck!!!
I’m just night weaning a 2.5 year old using dr jay gordons no cry method
I also bedshare but intend to get baby out of bed at same time as night weaning etc
There is never a right time. With the feeding to sleep thing, lots of bottle fed babies feed to sleep too. Only drop that bf if it is one you want to drop. It isnt the end of the world if they feed to sleep at bed time and shouldn't interfere with night weaning. Good luck!
Yanbu but I wish you luck. We sent dp in for 2 weeks running and it took him over an hour to settle multiple times a night. Dd still woke up. We gave up and I am still bf at night at over 2. It’s just less stress.
But will he get through sleep cycles and sleep better if still being fed to sleep? I don’t want to night wean and make him cry and then have to train again to get him to self settle...
I'm at exactly the same point except that DD will cry until she vomits everywhere so I don't really know what to do. We both had two complete clothes and bedding changes and an extra bath last night. It's tough. I'm trying to bf till drowsy then rock but I'm almost afraid to let her cry as she gets desperate so quickly. Her twin brother is a doddle by comparison.
Oh I’m so sorry that sounds awful. I resent bf now, I feel like I’m neglecting my older dc as feeding to sleep for naps takes ages and then da doesn’t sleep for long...all day they fight for my attention. I want to wear normal clothes and be able to go out on my own for more than two hours. Haven’t had an evening to myself for 10 months. Wakes all Eve and night
Have you got a DP? They will need to be very hands on. Our method was that DH went in repeatedly with a beaker and for cuddles. First night was 2 hours of on and off crying, going in, saying Mummy's asleep and me pretending to sleep when he brought them in to show them (this was an effective thing to do - they were much more accepting when they saw I was asleep although they were more like 13/14 months so had more understanding.)
Second night - rinse and repeat DH, beaker, cuddles - 20 mins of crying etc.
Third night - slept through ever since.
DH stayed with them when they were crying by the way before anyone tries to crucify me for CIO.
My baby has (mostly) slept through since about 10 months when we did some gentle night weaning. She is 19 months now. I still do bedtime and a feed the vast majority of evenings (sometimes she feeds to sleep and sometimes not). However she was in her own cot in her own room since about seven months. So it is possible (in my experience) to feed to sleep and night wean but I think it's a lot easier when they are in their own cot (I still feed her for her naps at the weekend too!)
My formula feed baby still needed milk over night at 13 months.
Yanbu. Wish I’d given up earlier. They wake up to have boob. I gave up at 18m but should’ve done so earlier.
When we gave up, DD stayed at Mils and with daddy (I worked nights which helped). She never asked for boob with them (obv) and didn’t wake much.
It sounds easy but I just said no, comforted and cuddled and she got over it. She was older of course but my friend did the same at a year and he got over it v quickly
I was guilt tripped by the attachment parenting type stuff into going on so long I think
Yes I have a dp, he is happy to help and very supportive. Thanks everyone I guess we just need to bite the bullet
Of course you’re not BU. If he’s eating well during the day, he doesn’t need night feeds any more (excluding any medical issues). It’s tough, he won’t like it, mine didn’t, but please don’t beat yourself up. Daughter’s 24 and a strapping, healthy lass (took 3 months with her) and former underweight 1-8 year old son is now 16 and 6ft 2 (he was much quicker, took 2 weeks to learn to settle alone at about 10 months).
It’s really tough on you all emotionally, he doesn’t want to give up the comfort of falling off to sleep with mum but I promise you in 3 months you’ll all be happier and well rested. A couple of weeks of bedtimes with dad may well do it.
And well done for bf for 10 months, not always easy.
Hi OP my baby was 7 months and slept on my bed and woke every 90 min to feed. She literally ate a tsp of food in the day. We sleep trained with the disappearing chair method, I was still planning to feed 2x a night but she actually started sleeping through on the second day, and the change in the day time in terms of how much
she ate and how much more she took each milk feed, was unbelievable. So no yanbu
Thank you langrish. It’s really not easy, I almost wish I’d offered boob and formula from the start so that I would have more options now. Bf my first was hard but ok, having two is a game changer
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