Waking up every 2-3 hours at night is not unusual for my LO. He has been doing this for months. He will whimper and as soon as I give him a boob, he nurses and falls back to sleep quickly, usually within 5 minutes. We have been co-sleeping for 5 mo now. So, I do consider myself lucky that he will stop crying quickly, though I still feel he is comfort nursing. The bad thing is that my DH is in the guest room because there is not enough room in our bed and none of us would get much sleep with our LO waking so frequently, so that's not good for our relationship.
One thing I have been doing the past 2 weeks is to wait for our LO to get fussy during the day to signal me when he is hungry because I was automatically nursing him every 2-2.5 hours. I thought I should go with baby-led hunger signals so he would develop a healthy attitude toward only eating when hungry.
During this experiment, he goes 4-4.5 hour stretches during the day without nursing or fussing. Why can't he do that at night?
It hasn't changed his night schedule at all though and he's still nursing with the same frequency at night and not trying to make up for it.
He is on pureed food twice a day, sometimes eating a few bites and sometimes about 2 ounces. That never made a difference in his frequency either at night.
So, I was just wondering for those that have HAD to wean, how they did it because I am facing that prospect in a couple of months, when he turns one. Does that mean getting up in the middle of the night with a bottle? I do have a huge stock of frozen BM, so would not have to use formula.