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|Wed, 03-18-2009 - 9:11pm|
My LO is 9 months old and is waking a lot at night. She seems to only need to be rocked for the first few wakings, but around 7-8 hours after bedtime, she seems to want to nurse. I say "seem" b/c that's the time that she seems to have a harder time going back to sleep with just rocking, and when I'm rocking her, she turns her head to my chest as if wanting to nurse.
If I nurse her at this time, around 4 a.m., then she's nursing every hour from then on until 7 a.m. Does this sound normal? She used to go through the whole night without nursing. Then she got a cold, and only nursing would get her to go back to sleep at night when she had a stuffed up nose.
I had been annoyed at the night nursing, since I was comparing it to the previous times when she did not nurse at night. However, at her 9 month appointment, she's around the 10th percentile for weight (16 lbs 15 oz), a drop from around 20-30 percent. Her pediatrician did not mention it as a concern, but he may not have paid attention. So now I'm feeling like I should try to night nurse in order to increase the calories that she's consuming. During the day, she's nursing five times. Night, about four times. Does everything I'm saying sound normal or should I be doing something different?
I plan to do child-led weaning. What can I expect in terms of night nursing? How frequent will it be? TIA!