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#1 of 5 Old 04-06-2007, 02:22 AM - Thread Starter
 
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If a mom doesn't want to night-wean her 13mo, but says she gets tired of the constant latching on and off after 4am, what would you suggest she do? She's letting dad hold the baby while he cries for an hour. What sort of AP advice would you offer to that?
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I was just reading that fat content is higher at night and that the higher fat content leads to a happier baby throughout the day.

Perhaps that might be helpful for her to know.

Mom of a 7 yr old, 4 yr old, and 1 yr old. Wow. How did that happen?
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Thank you.
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I was just reading that fat content is higher at night and that the higher fat content leads to a happier baby throughout the day.

Perhaps that might be helpful for her to know.
How is that possible? How does the body produce higher fat content in the evening? I'm not doubting it, I just want to know how that works because my dd nurses for like 2 minutes when she wakes up at around 4:00 am and seems satisfied. Could it be related?

I would tell that mama to just put the baby in bed with her and just lift up her shirt and the baby latch on whenever he needs it. My dd went through a period in which she needed to be on me during the night in order to sleep. Once I put her in bed with me,, we all slept better because we didn't have to hear her crying throughout the night.
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I second the co-sleeping advice . . . DD is 13 months old and, since she started crawling (around 6 months), has a pattern of spending 5-7 hours at night latched on without a break. Hard on my back and hips when I lay on one side all night, but I trust that she needs the nutrition right now since she is so busy during the day. Co-sleeping at least allows me to sleep through the nursing, so neither of us wake up cranky.
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