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    Default Not normal to nurse all night at 6 months?

    We had our 6 month checkup today, which went overall pretty well. Our pediatrician is very pro-extended-bf, but apparently is anti-co-sleeping. Not for safety reasons, which I was anticipating, but because he says it makes it harder to get LO to sleep in her own bed. I wanted to ask "What's wrong with that?" but held my tongue. He also said it's not normal for her to want to nurse all night, that she should be able to sleep through the night and most breastfed six month olds can.

    Now, I know alot of formula and cereal babies will sleep through the night, but breastmilk is digested alot faster, so I assumed she wouldn't really sleep through the night till she's eating solids well. At any rate, I'm going to continue following her cues, and not go by what "everyone" is doing.

    Any opinions here?
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    Default Re: Not normal to nurse all night at 6 months?

    (sorry - that's at the Dr. Not at you!)

    You're Dr has some strange perceptions. Actually most cannot sleep all night at 6 months. Some babies can at 6 months. but most? nope. Especially if you rule out those who are forced to.

    My 18 month old still wakes once a night to nurse. And that's completely within normal.
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    Default Re: Not normal to nurse all night at 6 months?

    my almost 23 month old nurses 3-8x night. If you're co-sleeping, essentially your baby is sleeping right next to her favorite all you can eat restaurant and why not take a sip now and then? It's normal and you're fine. Your baby will move out when she's ready and not nurse at night when she's ready (unless you need it earlier and work on night weaning, which is an individual decision of course).
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    Default Re: Not normal to nurse all night at 6 months?

    My 9 month old son nurses every 2-3 hours. Yes, through the night as well.
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    Default Re: Not normal to nurse all night at 6 months?

    and at your doc. Yeah, most 6 month old babies sleep through the night- in Imagination Land! They're so tired out from playing with the unicorns and fairies that they sleep a solid 12 hours, never making a peep. Oh, and they nurse only every 3 hours during the day, never whine, and all potty train by 18 months.

    Is the night-nursing a problem for you? If not, no worries, and no need to change anything! If it is a problem, there are gentle ways to encourage even co-sleeping kids to sleep without a breast in their mouth. I suggest taking a look at Elizabeth Pantley's book The No-Cry Sleep Solution for a realistic look at infant sleep, and also for those gentle strategies for getting your LO to sleep more independently.
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    Default Re: Not normal to nurse all night at 6 months?

    I also really? I bet his children must be super ultra normal, all sleeping through the night every night without fail. I'm assuming he has children? I'm sure he gets really tired of breastfeeding them too, oh wait he's a guy. Sorry my post offers no extra advice, just commenting that I also agree that it is completely normal, at least for me and my family! Hopefully pedi won't bring it up now at every appt...good luck!
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    Default Re: Not normal to nurse all night at 6 months?

    Honestly, why do doctors even comment on sleep? I mean really, as long as baby IS sleeping (which they all do) then from a health stand point, their questions / comments should END.

    Life style choices should be left up to the parents.
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    Default Re: Not normal to nurse all night at 6 months?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*amysmom View Post
    Honestly, why do doctors even comment on sleep? I mean really, as long as baby IS sleeping (which they all do) then from a health stand point, their questions / comments should END.

    Life style choices should be left up to the parents.


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    Default Re: Not normal to nurse all night at 6 months?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*amysmom View Post
    Honestly, why do doctors even comment on sleep? I mean really, as long as baby IS sleeping (which they all do) then from a health stand point, their questions / comments should END.

    Life style choices should be left up to the parents.
    I agree!

    He does have helpfull suggestions about other things, like eating and drinking, but always being very bf-friendly. Hasn't pushed me on any weaning nonsense. But if I don't mind her sleeping with me at night, what business is it of his? Lol.
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    Spending alot of time and .

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    Default Re: Not normal to nurse all night at 6 months?

    We don't co-sleep and my son is nearly a year old and rarely sleeps all the way through without nursing at least once. I have his one year checkup Monday and I know the doctor is going to tell me to wean. He told me when we were there two months ago I could start anytime...he's a good doc otherwise though. He does always ask what formula I feed though. I think Monday I'm just going to point at my boobs.
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