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#1 of 4 Old 02-20-2013, 06:08 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello, m daughter is 7 months and now I'm pretty sure that she does not feel gases anymore, colics, nothing. She's fisically fine. But, still, she "wakes up" crying 5, 6 times during all night long... I'm nursing at midnight and 4a.m. I know she can stop nursing at dawn, but I feel it's dificult to me to stop... 

But I also feel that she maybe crying so many times just to catch me and have me with her...

Should I stop nursing at all at dawn?  Does anybody pass through this?

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I always find it's easiest to simply nurse when baby needs me. 7 months is still very young and even if it's not hunger, baby's need for comfort is very real. I wouldn't consider nightweaning in any amount until 1 or more likely 1.5 years of age. If she cries, she needs you. They are only this little for a short time, it will pass and she will wake less often as she grows and develops. Good luck!
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I agree ^^


7 months is still an itty bitty. Things really do change so much so often with babies that young. I would just be there for her now.

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Babies take a while to figure out how to get to sleep.  When they're still really young they need you to help them out.  Slowly they get better at doing it by themselves.


In terms of breastfeeding at dawn, because of your hormonal fluctuations during the day this is the time when you're most likely to have the best supply of milk so it could be that your baby is getting her biggest meal at this time of day.


Given you've been resettling her at other times during the night without breastfeeding it sounds like she's able to settle again without a feed so if that dawn feed is difficult to cut out it is probably because she is hungry.


It's one of the most common feeds to persist, and most mothers love that feed because it gives them an extra few hours in bed!  When you stop doing that one often your little one will start trying to get up for the day at that hour!!


I found personally that it's much easier to get a sleep settling routine going during the day than at night while you're tired.  Try getting some great day sleeps happening and then over time you'll see the night time settle. It sounds like you're little one doesn't get through the sleep cycles very well on her own at the moment, so you can try to work on that during the day for one of her sleeps (if she's still doing 2?)


Hope this helps, make sure you go with your feelings and validate yourself.

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