Night Feedings for 6 Month Old

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My daughter was the same. I cut out one of her nighttime feedings, I think around 8 or 9 months, by letting her cry it out. She would wake up, cry for 5-10 minutes, and fall back asleep. Eventually she would just cry for a minute or two and fall back asleep, but she would still wake up at the same time every night for awhile. Her other nighttime feeding, I kept doing until 10 or 11 months when she naturally stopped waking up on her own. I think some babies really need night feedings until they are able to eat and digest a decent amount of solid food, which can take awhile. 

Other moms I know tend to have babies who either sleep through the night from a very early age, or continue to wake up for night feedings until 1 year of age. I think babies have different metabolisms just like we do, and some need to eat more often than others.

Post # 3
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Busy bee

My baby stopped on his own. But probably around the 8 month mark and he was eating a fair bit during the day. 

I also had a wee bit more control over it because he was on a bottle and I made it less interesting for him by adding extra water.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

6 months is still pretty little. If they don’t really bother you, I’d probably keep them until the 8.5 month mark, as you suggested. Quick question–are you nursing to sleep? Because in that case it could be object permanence, so when he wakes up, he thinks he needs what he had going to sleep (to be nursing). So if that’s the case, it’s possible you can remedy it by moving nursing up in the bedtime routine and separating it by about 20 minutes at least from going to sleep. If you aren’t nursing to sleep, I’d probably just go with the flow for now.

I did nighttime nursing until about 13 months, but my little guy was solids-averse and losing weight. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

 

Monny:  Hate to tell you this but this can last up to your child being 1 and still needing.  It all depends on the child.  What we did was we knew he really didn’t need the bottle we let him cry it out if after so many minutes he still was crying than we would get a bottle. 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My sister pushed back middle of the night feeding by 15 minutes. After 3 or 4 days he slept through it.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Monny:  

What is the longest stretch your baby is sleeping at a time without wanting to be fed? Is he going 6 or 8 hours between feedings yet at any time of the day?

If he’s reverse cycling and going longer stretches during the day you can *nudge* him onto a schedule by not topping him up so early (ie feed him a bit, but dont’ fill him up and give him a more thorough nursing right before he’s to go to bed).

If he’s not going 6-8 hours between feedings yet, then he’s just not there yet. Hopefully he’ll start going longer stretches between feedings but it depends on the child.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Monny:  Ok, then I’d probably go with the flow for a few more months (also, congratulations! Most people fall into that trap–I did.) Then when you’re ready, you can reduce the feeds by a minute every couple nights until they’re only one minute long, then they’re just a quick cuddle, then you don’t go in. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

hate to tell you this hon, but throw the book away and go with the flow of your baby…

All babies are different. babies at 6months typically have a huge change in their sleep patterns due to hitting so many milestones at once (crawling, teething, sitting, object permanence starting solids etc). It is very normal for them at that age to wake up more and need to feed during the night.. could he possibly be teething? he could be in pain and looking for comfort? also he is now at an age when he realises that he is his own person and you arnt there with him anymore.. he could be missing/needing you and just needs reassurance that he is not alone.

 My son was an awesome sleeper, but i knew when he was either about to hit a milestone or a growth spurt because he would wake up more during the night for a few feeds, then when settled down would go back to full nights… my daughter on the other hand was a totally different story. She slept through from 8 weeks till 6months…. then would wake 3 or sometimes 4 times a night untill she was 13 months… then still woke up one or two times a night untill she was 20 months old.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  wifey2be.
Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For me, and my daughter, we still had night feedings until 14 months when I finally put an end to them.

At 6 months baby is still going to be having growth spurts and want the extra breastfeeding. I wouldn’t be comfortable cutting out night feedings at that point.

All babies are so different, and for us, I kind of use my instincts to determine when was a good time to stop with night feeding (and breastfeeding all together). You little one may slowly cut out feeding so much at night, and then suddenly pick up again, before deciding to stop all together (or you deciding it is enough).

 

Good luck either way!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Monny:  

He’s on the right track then! 🙂 He’ll keep sleeping longer stretches.

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