Nursing most of the night...at 15 months

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Registered: 07-01-2006
Nursing most of the night...at 15 months
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Thu, 12-10-2009 - 10:29am
The past couple nights my 15 month old has been wide awake for a few hours in the middle of the night attached to my boob.

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Thu, 12-10-2009 - 1:32pm

Sounds pretty normal to me. COuld be teething - bothers kids the most BEFORE the teeth arrive. Also babies will nurse more if they are fighting off cold/flu or other illness (sometimes the increase nursing will be the first or only sign of illness). Around 15 months is a time that many babies nurse like newborns. My DS #2 was an all night (and all day) nurser at that age.

"Toddlers nurse for comfort, in addition to nutrition. Nursing can work wonders when baby is hurt, sad, upset (nursing is a great tantrum-tamer), or sick. Toddlers may also use nursing as a quick way of "checking in" and reconnecting with mom throughout the day.

Sometimes your toddler may go through phases of increased night nursing. Common reasons for increased night nursing in toddlers include teething, decreased nursing during the day because of distraction, developmental advances and reconnecting with mom." http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/toddlernursing.html#frequency

We NEVER recommend CIO as it is unhealthy for a number of reasons. You could try some gentle night weaning techniques but I will be honest that for us (and for many) that did not work until closer to the 18 month mark. For some reason it really clicked around 19 months.

GEntle methods for encouraging less night waking: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/weaning-night.html#methods

"Toddlers nurse for comfort, in addition to nutrition. Nursing can work wonders when baby is hurt, sad, upset (nursing is a great tantrum-tamer), or sick. Toddlers may also use nursing as a quick way of "checking in" and reconnecting with mom throughout the day.

Sometimes your toddler may go through phases of increased night nursing. Common reasons for increased night nursing in toddlers include teething, decreased nursing during the day because of distraction, developmental advances and reconnecting with mom." http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/toddlernursing.html#frequency



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Registered: 11-11-2007
Fri, 12-11-2009 - 10:56am
My baby does the same thing! Well, he just turned 16 months today but he nurses the whole night. Ever since he started walking I've been running after him trying to feed him here and there. I believe he nurses in the night b/c he's not getting enough during the day. His molars are also coming out in the back so that could be it too.
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Registered: 07-01-2006
Tue, 12-15-2009 - 11:28pm
I'm glad to hear other babies are doing the same thing.

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Registered: 07-01-2006
Tue, 12-15-2009 - 11:37pm
Thanks for the tips Carol.

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