DD is 2.2. She was breasfted until 10 months, and from about this point she slept through the night.
Recently, probably about 3-4 months, she has taken to waking at about 6am wanting milk. I would like at this point to directly blame my DH, as he would give her milk, rather than get up, or allow me to get up with her, and have breakfast, start the day. He felt it was too early. And was probably right. But giving her milk, we know, was not the way to do it.
However, it happened anyway, and the time has been getting graduually earlier and earlier.
She now wakes at about 4-5am wanting milk, on occasion as early as 2am. And wont go to sleep without it.
It means she is less interested in her breakfast, not wanting to eating much until about 10am.
Her appetite is good, she eats well for the most part (apart from the odd off few days), and is getting plenty to eat so should not be hungry. She is also a milk fiend, wanting a LOT of milk before she goes to bed (18oz? - we shall tackle that bit after we have sorted this bit!).
We have tried replacing with water, but she won't be consoled until she has milk. I am guessing it is some kind of comfort aid?
Can I have some advice please, on what steps we need to take to now get her out of drinking the milk at night, and sleeping through again?
Not sure if this is much help but instead of giving her milk when she wakes in the night, can you give her some water. She will hopefully soon realise that she wont get milk and stop waking? Might involve some tears for a few nights though.
dinner at around 6pm consists of, for example pasta/pesto/chicken, followed by fruit/yoghurt or similar about 7pm. omelet with mushrooms/other veg/fish, followed by some fruit or similar later. noodles and dumplings - he fave right now! sausage/mash
To be honest, whatever we have. Sometimes she eats loads and loads, sometimes she picks. If she picks, she is offered something more substantial again a bit later for 'supper'.
It seems that no matter how much she eats, she wants gallons of milk before bed. Its crazy as she is only a little we girl! I am not sure, if she is still hungry, how to get her to eat more food before bed! Or drink less milk! I guess I will just have to cut down the milk and let her scream for it?
I was going to suggest cutting down the milk or water - i think whatever you choose, you will get tears and tantrums, but just reassure her you are there and sooner she will get fed up of waking - "what's the point? they don't bother giving me any milk anyway..."
make sure the night you start it you go to bed early so you get plenty of sleep and aren't too tired, so you are well equipped for dealing with attempted manipulation!
pav - am off to my bed so cant really formulate an answer for you... but wanted to say i have a milk fiend ds2 as well... hed happily live on the stuff. if i get time tomorrow i'll try to jot down anything i think might help you re my exp with him (hes 4yo now\) sleep tight (till 4am that is)