thread: Stopping the bedtime feed (Feeding to sleep)

  1. #1
    BellyBelly Member

    May 2010
    Australia
    205

    Stopping the bedtime feed (Feeding to sleep)

    Would anyone care to share how you stopped the bedtime feed?

    My DD is only 9 months so I wouldn't dream of stopping the bedtime feed yet. I am imagining having to wait until she's 3 years old, and old enough to swap the breastfeed for a mug of warm milk or something.

    It is just frustrating at the moment, because for the last month or so she's been fussy on the boob during the bedtime feed only. So she attaches, feeds a bit, then wriggles, cries, comes off, won't go back on, arches her back, doesn't want to lie back down, or sit up, or anything really.....
    She fusses in my arms and after about 20 attempts, will eventually feed.
    It is so draining! And disheartening. We have so many struggles... this is just one.


  2. #2
    BellyBelly Member

    Oct 2006
    home sweet home.
    1,995

    She sounds overtired. Can you try bring her bedtime forward half an hour and see if that helps?

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Jan 2006
    11,633

    Yeah, what spring said.

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    BellyBelly Member

    May 2010
    Australia
    205

    Thanks - I would never have thought of that! Her feed starts at 6.30pm but I will try to move it forward.

  5. #5
    BellyBelly Member

    Jul 2008
    Melbourne
    3,244

    just wondering how you were going & whether the earlier feed has helped?

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    BellyBelly Member

    May 2010
    Australia
    205

    Oh thanks!

    It works some nights, but other nights she is too 'awake' to settle down....
    i.e. no crying, but is more interested in looking around and smiling sweetly at me in the dark
    which is preferable to her earlier performances I guess!

    So I just keep her on my lap and sing to her, and eventually she lets me know she is ready to feed.

    Now she's started waking up earlier to start her day (and my day).... So there's always a new issue to keep me on my toes!

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Jan 2006
    11,633

    Another possibility is that she's ready to stop feeding to sleep. You could try feeding her, then goign to the bedroom and cuddling/singing whatever.
    Just a thought.

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    BellyBelly Member

    May 2010
    Australia
    205

    Thanks Marcellus. Yeah, maybe she is. Whenever I've attempted to put her in her cot awake, she cracks it, so I've never thought she'd be ready anytime soon. We'll see.