Weaning off Night Breast Feeds
Category:
Breastfeeding
Age:
6 mo.
Weaning off Night Breast Feeds
Hi Helen

I read somewhere that breastfeeding your six months old baby more than once a night might influence the appetite and the intake of cereal/purée during the day ... is this true??

Will the baby stop asking for a night feed by himself??

I fear that it might be difficult to wean Valdemar as he seems to enjoy the night breast feed very much.

Best regards
Maibritt


Helen Hansen
Answer

Dear Maibritt

In general, a six months old baby still needs approx. 6 breast feeds a day, together wieh 2-3 solids. It is therefore often necessary to breastfeed late evening (midnight) and again early next morning. However, you may wean off the late night breast feed when your baby is six months old.

The more milk and solids your baby gets during the day, it is likely that you can cut out the night breast feed. Just make sure that his daily milk intake is covered.

Below you will find an example of a feeding routine:

Early morning 5am: Breastfeeding and go back to sleep

Morning 7.30-8am: Oatmeal cereal, water from a cup

Late Morning 9.30am: Fruit purée, slices of fresh fruit to be held in the hand, water from a cup

Breastfeeding and settle him for a nap

Lunch at noon: Vegetable purée with meat or fish, water from a cup. Offer him slices of cucumber or similar to be held in the hand.

Breastfeeding and settle him for a nap

Afternoon 4pm: Breastfeeding and perhaps some fresh fruit in slices, i.e. orange, peach, kiwi, plum or similar. Water from a cup.

Power nap, if needed, which will from now on eventually be cut out

Evening 6pm: Vegetable purée with meat or fish, offer him some bread crusts, cucumber slice or similar. Water from a cup.

Breastfeeding and settle him for the night at approx. 7.30-8pm

Late evening 11-12pm: Breastfeeding

Night 11.30pm-05am: Sleep through the night without breastfeeding

Some babies will automatically cut out the night breast feed by themselves, should the feed according to the above routine. Others still need the breastfeed which should be offered for a shorter feed and eventually substituted by something else.

Sometimes the night breast feed has become a habit and not need. Instead of offering your baby the breast try to help go back to sleep by changing his lying position and caressing his cheek.

Avoid to breastfeed throughout the entire night, as.

I hope you find the routine helpful and I wish you and your son the best of luck. Merry Christmas.



Kind regards,

Helen Hansen