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#1 of 3 Old 01-27-2003, 04:37 PM - Thread Starter
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Dd was a reverse cycle nurser. I have low supply (medically based, explained ad nauseum elsewhere) but much better supply at night that during the day. Dd disliked bottles, tolerated them during the day just enough to take the edge of her hunger, and would nurse most of the night.

Now she's looking like a nighttime eater. She nurses before we get out of bed, so she doesn't want much for breakfast. She often doesn't really start eating a lot until dinnertime. Then a before bath snack. Then an after bath snack.

The nighttime nursing is not much of a problem for me - it wouldn't be a problem at all if I wasn't worrying about what would happen if I had another baby.

What is an annoyance, if it continues, is the signing for food after lights are out.

I usually respond to 2 signs for water after lights go out, because Dd likes spicy food and I don't think warm breasmilk quenches her thirst the way cold water does (she points that she wants it fresh out of the bottled water dispenser). And after 2 reqeusts for water, the third is usually a ploy just to get us out of bed again because she doesn't want the water when we get to the kitchen.

But last night she signed for cheese. She hadn't eaten much all day, so I got out of bed and she ate a lot. I hope she doesn't decide that she wants to play all day and then, when it's boring at night, she'll finally want food.

What I'm thinking is that if she does this again tonight I may remind her that she can "croodle" all she wants but food is for the waking hours. But I hate to think of her hungry all night if she really didn't eat enough during the day and my milk is not plentiful enough to make up the difference.

I've read on other threads about getting kids to eat during the day so they nurse less at night, but nothing seems to make Dd eat unless she wants to. Does anyone have creative ideas?
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Sometimes just writing a post helps you come up with a strategy.

Last night Dd signed for cheese again after the lights were out. She had eaten a big after bath snack, so I said, "cheese tomorrow, sleep now."

She let out one yelp of complaint, then nursed to sleep.
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Congratulations! I'm working on that too with dd and nursing. Maybe I'll offer her some cheese
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