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Old 05-04-2009, 04:02 PM   #11
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Re: Night Nursing

I agree with the others- I just nod my head and smile when our pedi starts talking about sleeping through the night and that he doesn't need to eat at night. And then I go home and nurse him all night long.

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Old 05-04-2009, 06:19 PM   #12
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I agree with the others- I just nod my head and smile when our pedi starts talking about sleeping through the night and that he doesn't need to eat at night. And then I go home and nurse him all night long.
don't doubt your mommy instincts. when he's ready to night wean he probably will, all on his own.
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:46 PM   #13
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My 14 month old still nurses 1-2x. Please just follow your instincts! Your milk supply will adjust to you baby's needs. Peds get a 2 hour course in BFing so they really are not experts and limiting time at the breast can lead to early weaning. Do you work during the day? Babies will often nurse alot at night to reconnect with mom. It's not just about eating, but about comfort and reassurance. You're doing a great job!!!
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:12 PM   #14
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I think you need a new pedi....

Night nursing is the LAST to go usually.

Your baby knows how much to eat... How often to eat... WHEN to eat...

Also, night nursing is usually what keeps AF away...

Whoever said that 4.5 mo olds should be sleeping through the night is wrong.. My DS (FF, mind you) didn't sleep through the night until he was almost 2 years old! They will sleep through the night when they are good and ready to!
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I'm 36 and I still don't sleep through the night sometimes! I agree with most everyone else. Do what feels right for you and your family and smile and nod at the ped.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:36 PM   #16
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Re: Night Nursing

My 8-month-old still nurses at least 3 times per night. He weighs 23+lbs and is a very happy baby. I got the stupid sleep handout at ds 6 month well baby visit that stated that I shouldn't pick him up or feed him when he wakes up at night or he will come to expect it. I am pretty sure I won't be going back to that pediatrician's office!
I say, feed your baby when he is hungry, and everything will work itself out.
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I'm 36 and I still don't sleep through the night sometimes! I agree with most everyone else. Do what feels right for you and your family and smile and nod at the ped.
I love that!

I don't know why your ped would be telling you unsolicited that you should start cutting out night feedings. Especially at that age. My daughter is 10 months old and still nurses alot during the night. She's got ALL her teeth coming in at once, so I understand why! Babies at that age are pretty much driven by necessity, so if he's waking to nurse it's most likely because he NEEDS it. Even if it's just for comfort. I agree with most everyone else here. Keep doing what you are doing. He'll start sleeping through eventually, with or without your prodding.
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:10 PM   #18
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Your pediatrician is wrong. Unless he is absolutely mindblowingly wonderful when it comes to absolutely everything else, I'd find a new pediatrician.
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cut back on night nursing ha! ds is 7 months old and nursing every 2 hours
Mine too! only my ds is 8 months

op do what you feel is right. oh and don't pump (or just pump a little)... your body will adjust to your LO's new feeding routine. You can try a warm washcloth or take a shower to letdown.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:27 PM   #20
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My daughter is 2 1/2 and still nurses 3 times a night and when she wakes in the morning if I'm still in bed. I think a baby that young needs to nurse as much as he wants whenever he wants!!! That is silly to make him cut some feedings at night. Now, my dd...I hope she stops at night soon.....although, as pp said, I wake several times in the night anyway.
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