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  1. Liz says:

    My 11.month old son still wakes every 2- 3 hrs to be breastfed. It’s exhauwtinf I can’t get him to settle otherwise.

    • Janelle Reid says:

      Hi @Liz, thanks for writing to us. I’m sorry to hear you are experiencing such frequent night wakings from your 11 month old. Here is a link to a free guide with some tips to help: https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-through-night-free-ebook/
      It does take time so hang in there as you work to wean him from those feedings. If you need help with this, let us know! We can help you. Our team of sleep consultants have TONS of experience helping families through situations just like yours and would love to help you too. You can read about the services we offer here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting- services/
      Hang in there!

  2. Brittany says:

    My daughter is 2 months old and sleeps through the night with no night time wakings to breastfeed. She is a healthy weight at this time. She will nurse most of the day every 2 hours starting after 2pm until bed time which is usually between 9-10pm. I stopped waking her to nurse because she is older and growing well. Is this ok?

    • Neosha says:

      @Brittany – Thank you for reading and for sharing. How wonderful that your little girl sleeps so well for you at night!! That’s great news! 🙂 There does usually come a point where young babies may no longer need to nurse at night if they are getting adequate nutrition especially by cluster feeding before bedtime. You’ll want to run it by her healthcare provider to make sure she is growing well enough to discontinue night feeds – they usually consider the whole picture of her health to make this decision. Best of luck to you both!

  3. Anna says:

    My baby is 3 months old and I put her down to sleep at 9pm and works fine. However I can see that I should put her down to bed earlier in a few months according to that schedule. It will be complicated due to our work schedule, we come home late from work. Will that make her overtired? If I put her down at 8pm we won’t have any parents time with her just get home and go through the sleep routine right away.

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Anna,
      Thanks for all of your comments! Most babies do start to want an earlier bedtime around 4 months-old, but it depends on when she has to wake up in the morning, and also somewhat on her personality. We have a custom schedule generator that can give you an idea of her sleep needs as she ages, and what her wake time will probably look like if you decide to keep a later bedtime: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-schedule-maker/
      I hope it will help, but please let us know if you have questions!

  4. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Dakota – that sounds like a good idea! It’s safe to say that your one year old probably doesn’t “need” the nighttime feeds, but it’s fine to keep them as long as you both want to 🙂 However, if you’re ready to phase some of the feeds out, then yes, shifting the early morning ones to later in the morning (after your morning wake-up time) would work.

    Thanks for commenting, Dakota! 🙂

    @ Taylor — this is a great question. First, I’ll say that in our consultations, we vary our advice from family to family in order to meet each family’s unique needs. That said, in general, we recommend swaddling as a great way to encourage newborns to sleep better. However, for a newborn who was extra sleepy, and who wasn’t waking to feed at least every 4 hours, then yes, we may very well advise removing the swaddle in an effort to keep baby waking more regularly for food.

    Hope this helps, Taylor! 🙂

  5. Taylor says:

    I had a question about swaddling and night feeds for a breastfed baby. LLL recommends not swaddling so as not to restrict a newborn’s need to wake up and eat. What is the baby sleep site opinion on that subject? Do newborns really sleep through hunger if they are swaddled? I think the no swaddling advice is also to protect your milk supply, which is good. But where is the line drawn?

  6. Dakota says:

    Thank you so much for this valuable resource! I do have a question about number of feedings. My little one just turned One. I think he’s nursing more at night to compensate for not nursing during the day – he gets distracted easily and we’ve essentially dropped any day time feedings.

    He nurses consistently at 10:30ish at night, and then will wake up at least a couple more times during the night. We’re working on getting him into his own room and his own crib for the full night, but right now he ends up cosleeping after 2 a.m. (He’s coslept with us since he was nb and it’s been a slow process to get him to his own crib. He currently naps and starts the night there.)

    Would you recommend just trying to shift those early a.m. feedings to the morning? I’m not ready to wean him and I don’t think he’s ready to be weaned either.

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