Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: ZANDILE | 2012/04/16

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WEANING FROM THE BREAST

I HAVE A 13MONTH OLD AND I''M STILL BREASTFEEDING HIM, END OF THE YEAR I''M PLANNING TO WEAN HIM OFF OF THE BREAST. THE THING IS AT THE MOMENT HE WAKES UP 2 OR 3 TIMES A NIGHT. WHEN I WEAN HIM DO I HAVE TO REPLACE THE NIGHT FEEDS, IF NOT, WHAT DO I DO WHEN HE WAKES UP?

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Posted by: Annie | 2012/04/17

I gave my baby milk in a sippy cup since weaning (at 11 months)
I explained mommys milk has dried up and all was perfect. Since first night.
She was a bit more clingy for a day or two. But that was all.

Reply to Annie
Posted by: Purple | 2012/04/17

Its a difficult thing to answer.

Night waking is for many different reasons, not just hunger - it could be thirst, wanting comfort, too hot, too cold, uncomfortable. Most children start to sleep through somewhere between age 2 and 3 - some earlier and some later though.

As you have pointed out, the problem with weaning a child, is that you then have one less tool for getting baby off to sleep. As you have breastfed, ideally, you wouldn''t want to introduce a bottle, and at this age, your child probably wouldn''t want it anyway, so you could offer some other milk in a cup (cows milk for example, there is no need for special formulas after a year - and no need for special formulas for a breastfed baby before a year either), or you could rock baby back to sleep (which with a child of that size would be hard on your back.

This was part of the reason I breastfed for so long - it meant getting so much more sleep for us all - because I could just lie next to my child and feed him back to sleep quickly, and I often fell asleep then too.

Weaning doesn''t have to be all or nothing. You might consider keeping baby on the breast at night and for a morning and bed time feed, but distract her with other things like a special juice in a special cup during the day, or activities or ice lollies.

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