For quite some time, feeding your baby throughout the night is imperative (they need the nutrition and human touch), but at a certain point, they no longer need the feeds and it can be tricky to break them. I’m speaking from experience as we finally broke our nighttime feeds at seven months and our daughter is now sleeping through the night (most nights) – HALLELUJAH!! Talk about a game changer!
To figure out how to break our two feeds – eeeeek I know – I met with sleep expert Heather Turgon, the co-author ‘The Happy Sleeper’ and she put us on a schedule that would slowly wean both the baby and my breasts off the feeds. They key is doing this when the baby is totally healthy and not teething. She suggested timing the feeds starting at 4 minutes then decreasing the time by :30 every two days.
So, this is the schedule:
1. Using a timer, time a feed for a total of 4:00. Do this for two days.
2. Decrease timed feeds to 3:30. Do this for 2 days.
3. Decrease timed feeds to 3:00. Do this for 2 days.
4. Decrease timed feeds to 2:30. Do this for 2 days.
5. Decrease timed feeds to 2:00 Do this for 2 days.
6. Decrease timed feeds to 1:30. Do this for 2 days.
I followed this religiously and we officially weaned. If you’re trying to break nighttime feeds, give this a try and let me know how it goes. Good luck!