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I have had numerous moms tell me that once they stopped breastfeeding, their babies started sleeping through the night. I think they're telling me this to give me hope? Is this true? Have you found it to be true? Why is this the case, do you think?<br><br>
Boy would I love an uninterrupted night's sleep, but not at the expense of breastfeeding! I'm so sleep deprived... I'm going to bed now... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Yeah right!<br><br>
Every baby is different. You could wean and still find that you have an alert Bert on your hands at omg o'clock.<br><br>
I'm sure you'll hear that giving formula will get you through the night. Not so in my experience. I think your LO is just gonna go to sleep when it's time.
 

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IME, they just sleep when it's time. My first (EBF) baby STTN at less than 3 weeks, my 2nd was closer to a year and a half (and both nursing and eating solids at that point). Once I learned to nurse lying down, the wakings became much easier.
 

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Mine already sleeps at least 6 hours over night. It depends on the baby, i find it easier with breastfeeding i would rather be woken up 10 times and feed her side lying and drift off to sleep then once and have to get out of bed and fix a bottle, and then get her settled down because no doubt by then she would be wide awake.
 

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Cosleeping makes breastfeeding through the night so much easier-- though there are moments when I yearn for a really, really good night's sleep. My 6-month-old DD actually STTN for two nights in a row this week!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: But then she proceeded to wake up three times last night, cooing and giggling and trying to crawl. I don't mind at all when she wakes me to nurse-- it's that rare "playtime-in-the-middle-of-the-night" that gets me.<br><br>
I'm fully prepared to spend the next two years without a full nights' sleep, if that's what it takes. I love BF'ing so much, I wouldn't even consider weaning due to lack of sleep...it's like PP says, you can either roll over and BF, or you can get up and make a bottle, etc. I know what my preference is!
 

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I agree that each baby is different. I will admit though that when I nightweaned at 11 months, it only took DD a week of MH rocking her to sleep that she finally slept through the night. As a WOHM, I just couldn't do the midnight feedings anymore.<br><br>
And this time, my 2 week old is sleeping in 2, 3 or 4 hour spurts during the night.
 

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that might be true--becuase...<br><br>
They are filling their tummy with more filling stuff that is harder to digest.<br><br>
I've heard MANY MANY tell me to give ric cereal at night--or fil extra full with formula--this is ahrder on their tummys and stays in there longer--if you really think about it--what a cruel concept-(sorry not cruel--to those who do it--I just think it's funny to give you baby something that will sit in their tummy all night, etc)
 

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At about one year, I night weaned both my kids, but kept nursing just as much during the day. Took a few weeks, but then they slept mostly through the night, til about 5 a.m. As they got a little older, I gradually delayed the first nursing in the morning later and later until I actually got a good night of sleep. Yay!
 
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