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#1 of 3 Old 09-22-2002, 09:24 AM - Thread Starter
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My ds has lately been waking up to nurse a LOT at night, maybe 4 or 5 times. He wakes up much more than he used to, and it's starting to wear dh and I down (we cosleep, so when baby gets up, EVERYBODY gets up!). I don't want to night wean him, 'cos I think 8 mos is too young, but I would be unbelievably happy if he cut down to 2 nurses a night.

This morning, a little lightbulb went off, and I figured that he needs to eat more during the day, and that's probably why he's been waking up so much. He eats fruit and yogurt for lunch, and a couple of different veggies mixed w/ rice cereal for for dinner. He'll usually have an Earth's Best teething biscuit as a snack at some point during the afternoon. And, of course, breastmilk on demand!

I started giving him some fruit for breakfast today, but I was wondering what other people feed/have fed babies of this age?

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Wow, I think it all depends on the babe! My 8 mo old ds eats really well for a couple days, then refuses solids for a couple days, then back on the bandwagon... I have cooked/pureed/frozen in ice cube tray veggies - sweet potato, broccoli, cauliflower, summer squash, plus applesauce, grapes I peel and quarter, rice cereal, banana, avocado if I feel like sharing... I usually feed him in the morning, and at dinner, we graze on blackberries outside too.. anyway, I usually defrost one ice cube size of food, and maybe throw a little of something else in there, and he usually doesn't finish it. The past couple days he has done a lot better, even ate all I gave him with relish! He had been nursing anywhere from 6+ times a night, but the past two nights he has woken up twice, nursed once. ??? Who knows, it may switch.
Sorry so long and rambly - he nurses on demand too. I guess I mean to say I feed him what he will eat!! My mom insists that if I feed him cereal at night he will sleep through, but that JUST ISN'T THE CASE! Apparently I did that as a babe, but then, her dr had her start me on cereal at 6 weeks!
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You may want ot try offering more nursing during the day too and see if that helps. My guess though, would be that he is nursing more out of habit at night than out of need. There are gentle ways (would take a while though) to break the habit without night weaning (so if he is hungry he still eats but doesn't nurse back to sleep).

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