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So I've been trying for oh...nearly three months now....to nightwean DD, but very slowly. I gave up on crying through it (even though we were holding her in our bed, it just didn't feel right), so now I'm just using milk as a second or third option to get her back to sleep instead of the first option. Sometimes it works. But lately she has been waking up HUNGRY all the time, usually one or two hours after she goes to sleep and then every hour or so after. She generally eats very little during the day and is a very picky eater. She's also sensitive to dairy, although I give her some cheese and yoghurt. But I think she might sleep a LITTLE longer at night if her belly were more full. So does anybody have any ideas for a bedtime snack that my picky eater might eat a little more of and that would keep her full a little longer?
 

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I'm in the same boat as you and my LO likes these little homemade mini muffins that I make. She is gluten/wheat intolerant and sensitive to dairy as well. I usually try to get her to take a few bites of a muffin as well as some sips of carnation instant breakfast made with lactose-free milk. You can get the no sugar added CIB. She usually doesn't take too much, but I keep the rest of the muffin by the bed and offer it too her in the middle of the night if she wakes up sooner than 2 hours since her last wake up. Since I have started to do this, her first sleep has increased from 2-3 hours to consistently more than 3 hours. I'll take any improvement!
 

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I would say that if she's sensitive to dairy, and you're still feeding her dairy, she's probably waking up because her stomach hurts. That pain just translates to "hungry" for her, which is why she wants to nurse all night.<br><br>
Have you tried cutting out dairy completely to see if that helps (from her AND your diet)?
 

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Avocado? Peanut butter (or sun-nut butter if you've got allergies to deal with) sandwich? Leftover protein source from dinner?<br><br>
I tank DS up on more calorie-dense foods before bed. We sometimes bake a few plain chicken breasts and cut them into strips. He dips them into various dips (smashed avocado with a splash of lime juice, barbeque sauce, honey mustard... applesauce, cereal, the dog's water. OK, those last few aren't sauces that *WE* provide for him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). Dipping makes everything more fun.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm in the same boat as you and my LO likes these little homemade mini muffins that I make. She is gluten/wheat intolerant and sensitive to dairy as well. I usually try to get her to take a few bites of a muffin as well as some sips of carnation instant breakfast made with lactose-free milk. You can get the no sugar added CIB. She usually doesn't take too much, but I keep the rest of the muffin by the bed and offer it too her in the middle of the night if she wakes up sooner than 2 hours since her last wake up. Since I have started to do this, her first sleep has increased from 2-3 hours to consistently more than 3 hours. I'll take any improvement!</div>
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Sorry for the allergy-related serial posting, but I just reread your post. A dairy intolerance or allergy in children is NOT lactose-intolerance. It is extremely rare for a child to be lactose intolerant, and if they were they wouldn't be able to tolerate breastmilk (as it contains lactose.) So I would really, really not recommend feeding CIB to a dairy-sensitive kid- even if it's lactose free.
 

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my two year old had a half an avocado everynight during bathtime for months. it was her favorite. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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