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Easy night weaning options?!

Posted by teegs, 2nd April 2019

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  • I honestly thought it would be so hard but my mum encouraged me to do for one night, my little one cried for a bit and then stopped so you can do it!

  • Let them sleep till they wake – they’ll naturally become less reliant

  • use a dummy.

  • Type in on youtube white noise baby and trust me it wil save your life haha

  • I found my kids self weaned. I just followed their lead, they gradually cut themselves back as solids increased

  • I just went with it and I noticed over time he wasn’t so interested

  • Gentle methods for encouraging less night nursing

    Following are suggestions for easing your baby into less night nursing…
    Eliminate discomfort

    Teething.If you suspect teething at all, it may help to give baby a pain reliever before bedtime (check with baby’s doctor for suggestions). Some babies nurse more often to try to relieve gum pain. Teething pain is often worse at night.
    Room temperature.Find your baby’s temperature comfort level: some babies will wake if they get too hot or too cold.
    Solid foods.Has baby recently started solids? Many babies (particularly those under six months) start or increase night waking after the introduction of solids, due to problems digesting the food. Try avoiding solids in the evening, or consider decreasing or eliminating the solids until baby’s digestive system matures more. Several studies have shown that adding solids to a baby’s diet does not help baby to sleep more at night.
    Allergy.Babies with food allergies, environmental allergies or eczema may wake more at night due to discomfort.
    Reflux.Discomfort from reflux may also keep baby up at night.
    Illness.Illnesses like ear infections and colds can interrupt baby’s sleep, and result in increased night nursing. A bad nappy rash or other rash might also affect baby’s sleep. Anytime baby suddenly increases night waking, keep an eye out for illness.

    Maximize baby’s nursing during the day and during any night wakings

    Nurse more during the day.Encourage baby to nurse more often during the day (perhaps every 2 hours instead of every 3), so that she takes in more milk during the daytime hours.
    Minimize distractions.During the day, nurse in a room that is as free of distractions as possible. Turn off the light, close the door, pull the blinds, etc. Get your older children busy doing something before you start nursing. Try nursing while lying down. Sometimes babies can become so distracted during daytime feedings that they don’t take in enough milk and then have to make up for it with more frequent night feedings. One study showed that older babies can consume as much as 25% of their total daily intake of mother’s milk during the night, probably partly because of daytime distractibility.
    Tank up before bedtime.Nurse often in the hours leading up to bedtime (at least every 1-2 hours). Some moms nurse on one breast only during this time period so that baby gets more of the higher fat milk available at the end of a feeding (this helps baby go longer between feedings). When baby wakes at night, try nursing on the other breast for all or most of the night, again so that baby gets more of the higher-fat milk.
    Listen to your child.Only your child knows if she’s really hungry – don’t automatically assume that your child is not hungry or thirsty. Many adults wake at night for a drink of water or even to get a snack.

    Maximize sleep for the entire family

    Dream feed.Nurse baby right before you go to bed (even if baby has already gone to bed), so that you get a longer period of sleep before she wakes again. Many babies barely wake at this time, even though they may get a good nursing in.
    Try to begin settling baby before he’s overtired.Some babies have a hard time going to sleep when they’re overtired, so keep an eye out for signs of sleepiness.
    Try different sleep arrangements.Find out what sleeping arrangement work best for the entire family while continuing to meet baby’s needs.

    Full-time co-sleeping.Many babies sleep better when they are close to mom. Consider sleeping close to your baby – many families have found that baby and the rest of the family gets more sleep this way (click here for information on safety). Sleeping near your baby and nursing baby to sleep will not teach bad sleep habits. All the co-sleeping babies/toddlers who I know have begun to sleep through the night at some point without any type of training or encouragement or change in sleep location.
    Part-time co-sleeping.Part-time co-sleeping works for many families, where baby sleeps in her crib until the first night waking and then joins mom and dad for the rest of the night.
    Separate beds.If you’re not comfortable with baby in your bed or if you are currently sleeping with baby and no one is getting any sleep, then try other options. Consider placing baby on a pallet on the floor beside the bed, or place baby’s crib with the rail down beside your bed. That way, baby will be close enough that nursing won’t interrupt sleep quite so much (such as when you get up each time and go to baby’s room). Another option that works for some families is putting a bed for just mom and baby in baby’s room for awhile, or Dad might instead choose to sleep in another location himself.

  • If your breastfeeding take it to a bottle before bed if it time

  • Reduce the amount you give every couple of nights then stop altogether. They will eventually take on more during the day instead

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