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    Default night weaning

    My 10 month old still tends to nurse allot at night (ok, maybe 2-3times) I would like to have him "sleep though the night", so I'm tempted to try to wean him from his night time feedings. However, he's not a big nurser during the day,, he's done a little better latey, but usually he would only nurse when going down for his naps after he's almost asleep, so 3 times during the day if i;m lucky and always at night. he eats solids well, but hasn't been wanting as much of that lately as well. I'm worried he won;t get enough if I stop the night time buffet. !@!! He's only in the 25th % now (I'm 5'1", husband is 5'6") other wise LOOKS great,, I;m a worrying to much? would he kick up his nursing during the day then??

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    Default Re: night weaning

    To understand why night waking is important for babies, you may read the following articles/information pages (not LLL information).

    http://askdrsears.com/html/7/T070200.asp

    http://askdrsears.com/html/7/T070300.asp

    http://askdrsears.com/html/7/T070800.asp

    I like the "tanking up during the day" strategy and I hear that it does work sometimes.

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    We're leading parallel lives!! My baby is also 10 months (10th percentile), nurses the same way and my husband and I are also on the 'petit' side
    I don't have the answer but it sure feels good to know I'm not the only one. Also, I will look into those links. I've heard that babies are so excited during the day with discovering their world that they 'forget' or aren't as interested in eating. I also get so busy that maybe I don't encourage feeding during the day as much as I should. Therefore, he truly ends making up for it at night. I think they will eventually get the hang of it. I'm still a believer in taking their cues especially the first year since their teeth are not all in and they rely heavily on breastmilk. I'd feel strange 'limiting' it on any level esp. since there's no real way of measuring their intake. Fortunately, that is just 2 months away He could also be nursing for comfort.

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    Default Re: night weaning

    iv also read/heard that once teeth come in bf at night can damage teeth. anyone else heard likewise/thoughts on this?

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    Yes and no, some say yes nn is bad for their teeth and some say no big deal. I think that it depends a lot on what kind of teeth run in your family?
    ( meaning lots of dental problems or not so many?) Also, I know of some moms who keep a washcloth on the night stand and just gently wipe off the teeth after they nurse. Personally for me that sounds like a lot of work, so I will just take the chances on the teeth. My ds is one and still nurses at least 2-3 times throughout the night. Many blessings to you!

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    im glad to hear nf and teeth is contraversal. i have a feeling my dd will always need a few sessions at night and we cosleep so i needent worry about fully waking to clean het too

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    Default Re: night weaning

    Quote Originally Posted by kay
    iv also read/heard that once teeth come in bf at night can damage teeth. anyone else heard likewise/thoughts on this?
    I have seen a LOT of contrasting information on this and there are many studies out there that contradict the nursing/dental caries claims.

    Here are some (NON-LLL) links to more info discussing dental caries/breastfeeding:

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/tooth-decay.html

    http://www.brianpalmerdds.com/bfeed_caries.htm

    http://www.breastfeeding.com/all_abo...oth_decay.html

    http://breastfeed.com/resources/articles/sweettooth.htm

    HTH

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