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What did you do to increase them? Did it decrease nighttime feeding?<br>
Please tell me your story.<br><br>
My 5 mo DS likes to primarily bf all night (6-10x), barely during the day (maybe 2x). Since he was 2mo he has been super distracted by the world -- a good thing, but jeez, if I could get 4-5 hrs of sleep a night, I would be on top of the world. People say its too early to try to do this, but if I am doing it gently and on his cue, I don't see it being wrong. And I need to be a good mom, I am one person that truly NEEDS 'some' sleep. Just ask DH.<br><br>
I don't want to deny night nursings, but would like to see if I could at least reduce them. I've read every book on this (NCSS, Dr. Sears, etc.), but so far things don't seem to be working. I am thinking of camping out in the house for a week or two, and wearing him a ton more. Offering the breast doesn't always seem to work though. Hmph. Thoughts?
 

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Wow, I feel for you! I never had that problem but what I would recommend would be to make sure night nursings are as boring as possible. Keep the lights low, less eye contact, etc... Make daytime nursing much more fun! At 5 months I don't think it would hurt anything to try to soothe him in other ways. Maybe rocking? I don't see anything wrong with comfort nursing but it does sound like he's got his days and nights mixed up and he's using nights primarily for nutrition vs. comfort sucking.<br><br>
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Sorry I wish I had some help for you too. My dd has never been a comfort nurser and shes VERY distractable also. Have you tried bathing with him? THat seems to help us a lot. Keep the lights low. Give him toys to play with while he's nursing that might keep/get his attention for a few min. IT does seem to with dd. That's all i got for now I will continue to think on it though. WTG for you!!
 

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Anyone else in the same boat as me??? Sounds like there are alot of nightweaning peeps on MDC, even though that isn't what I want to do....anyone have advice?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> J
 

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to get her to nurse more during the day: I offer very frequently, she always takes me up on the offer. She's often too busy playing and checking everything out to ask. She still eats a lot at night though so I don't know what to do. Sometimes she makes it 5 hours at night without eating but not always. she's 8 months old.
 

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At that age we went through a similar phase. I would take Ds into an uninteresting place (often the bedroom) and try nursing then. I also tried to get him to at least nurse before and after every nap.<br><br>
Ds refuses to nurse unless he wants to eat, so there was nothing I could do except try to remove the distractions so he might notice he's hungry. It generally worked most days and he basically just grew out of that phase, I think around 6 mo and a week or two.
 
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