November 30th, 2016, 04:46 PM
Sorry I do not have any brilliant suggestions for transferring a baby this age to their own bed. I would suggest the book The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley. It has many ideas for gently encouraging sleep for both co-sleeping or not.
Your baby eats a very wide variety, and I assume pretty large amounts of the food, and appears to be gaining normally, and baby does not appear unduly thirsty. So I think that the nursing at night probably has more to do with confort than hunger or thirst. But this does not mean baby never gets hungry or thirsty overnight. So having water or snacks by the bed that you can offer baby instead of nursing may help.
Many babies want to nurse frequently at night because they are missing out on the comfort of nursing, not just the milk, during the day. There may not be anything you can do about this, but if there are any adjustments you can make to your work schedule that allowed for more daytime hours with baby, or if caregiver could bring baby to work, that may help. Of course many babies this age who are with mom all day also nurse lots at night, so it is impossible to know if the long separations are contributing or not.
Lipase- my understanding is lipase issues do not always happen with every child, and also not every kid minds the lipase taste. So I would suggest not assuming that is the problem. It sounds to me as if your child does drink milk from the bottle and/or cup, in other words, is not out and out refusing. So he...