January 2013 Moms

Still eating in the MOTN?

Are you babies still waking to eat in the middle of the night? A friend of mine told me that at her LO's 6 mo appt, her pedi said that there's "no medical reason" that a 6 mo old baby needs to eat in the middle of the night, ie they are doing it for comfort. My guy has a bottle before bed (around 9pm) and generally wakes up and guzzles another one around 3am, then is up for the day around 6 or 7am. Should I be breaking him of his MOTN feeding "habit" or does he actually really need to eat? How many of your LOs still eat in the MOTN? Thx!

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  • We pretty much have the same schedule over here with dd. If she was only eating a few oz in the night i would think its habit, but how is it a habit if she drinks 6 oz. I have no advice but i'm interested to hear what others think.
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  • I heard the same thing prior to having a baby that once they get older there is no need for the motn feeding and our pedi told us that at 4 months as well. At 2 months he told us to start trying to see if we could soothe her back to sleep without feeding as well. We were lucky though we didnt have to try as dd is a grey sleeper and has been sleeping thru the night since 10 weeks and for a while before that only waking once. Today at our 6 month he told us we could start weaning her 930
    Bottle out... She falls asleep around 7730 in her swing and I wake her when DH gets home from work at 930 or so for another bottle.

     

       

  • 2u2wow2u2wow
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    DS eats at 630pm or 7 and wakes at 530am for a feed.  he hasn't eaten in the MOTN for a few months now. 
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  • Same schedule for us too, she sometimes even wakes one more time. It probably is more for comfort than hunger but I'm totally ok with it. 
  • We do! Last feeding at 8PM, then another around 1-2AM, and then up for the day between 5:30AM and 6AM. ;)
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  • Mine wakes up in the middle of the night.  I know it's just for comfort. 

     

  • Even if your LO is just asking for one MOTN feeding for comfort...I say give him the love and comfort he is asking for.  A 6-month old doesn't need to be totally independent, it's a lot to ask of a baby so young.  I say forget what your ped says, and go with what seems most nurturing and loving for your little guy.  There may be no medical reason, but emotional reasons may be more important than medical reasons in the long run.
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  • Chris has the EXACT same schedule!!! He woke up between 3-3:30am latched on for no more than 5 minutes then knocked out as I rocked back and forth. I'd put him back in the crib an he would wake up around 6am. This schedule was killing me!!! Now I put my iPod playing rain or white noise in his crib and he sleeps from 8:30pm to 5:30am!! This is how I know he was waking up for comfort. If I wasn't working I would love to wake up with him but I can't!!
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  • The majority of babies wake 1-2 times to eat at this age. If my dr told me to not allow my child to eat in the motn, I would find a different dr.
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  • Jack goes to sleep between 6:30-7:30 and wakes between 11:30-1 usually for a feed. Then he wakes between 6-7 for the day.  He also guzzles a huge bottle motn so I am not putting an end to it.  He has slept through the night before, before the 4 month sleep horror, so I know he'll do it again when he is ready.  No rush here. 

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  • jcar2jcar2
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    DS wakes up multiple times a night for snacks. He doesn't really take a full feeding.
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  • Kelly mom has good advice on this but I'm having trouble linking on mobile.

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  • My guy is up twice a night most nights. I just told my dr and she didn't seem to care. If the dr said he didn't NEED to eat then I'd mention that I don't NEED ice cream but I pick it anyway. Then I'd go elsewhere.
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    my LO is going through a separation anxiety phase and wakes up often, for comfort

  • My LO takes a bottle before bed at 8:30 or 9 and will usually wake up between 1am-3am for another. He drinks 8-10oz in the middle of the night so I feel like its for both hunger and comfort. But even if it were just a few oz for comfort I wouldn't stop the feeding, I think emotional needs are just as important as physical. Plus, I'm usually awake in the middle of the night for no reason so this just gives me someone to hang out with. LOL.
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    Even if your LO is just asking for one MOTN feeding for comfort...I say give him the love and comfort he is asking for.  A 6-month old doesn't need to be totally independent, it's a lot to ask of a baby so young.  I say forget what your ped says, and go with what seems most nurturing and loving for your little guy.  There may be no medical reason, but emotional reasons may be more important than medical reasons in the long run.

    110% agree! I am a 3rd time mom. DS goes to sleep at 8 up at 3 for a feeding then up for the day at 5:30/6:30ish.  Our babies will eventually sleep through the night. I did not sleep train any of my kids and they are all healthy and normal, sleep in their own beds and through the night.....my oldest is 13.

     

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  • My LO is up every 2-3 hours still in the middle of the night to eat. She turned 6 months on the 11th. It's exhausting, but just rocking it won't do it she will cry and cry till I put her on the boob then after like 2 minutes of actual eating she falls asleep.
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  • There is no medical reason - but try telling that to a 5-6 month old!

    DS wakes up twice a night to eat.  It was three for about two weeks so this is an improvement.  I have looked into how to drop feedings and, since we're in the CIO camp, have used this to end the feeding before midnight am working on extending the time between MOTN feedings gradually.  I'm pretty sure that DS will continue to have at least one MOTN feeding for a long time.  But when I talk to my friends, who all have LOs within 3 months of DS that are sleeping COMPLETELY through the night, I am immensely jealous.  However two are formula fed and the other is difficult aside from her great sleeping habits.

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  • My pedi told me the same thing . My LO wakes anywhere from 2-4 times at night and I'm ok with it. He's growing too fast and when he's ready to sleep through the night, he will.

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  • My LO is unpredictable. Up until 4 months she was sleeping a 8 to 10 hour stretch. Now she sleeps anywhere from 3 to 7 hour stretches. I think a lot of it has to do with hitting her legs on the crib and getting all turned around in her sleep. Another part is nursing distraction during the day and she really isn't getting enough to eat some days. We are working quiet distraction free nursing but sometimes circumstances don't allow for that. I don't mind MOTN feedings though since she is a super fast eater...10 minutes tops. Even when she sleeps long stretches I STILL get up and check to see if she is still breathing





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    Yea, N still does 1-2 times a night. I don't care & I know it's just for comfort. We let our oldest do it until almost a year and broke him of the habit then. 

     

    If you want, trying to wean him off isn't a bad idea, it's up to what you want! 

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  • Some nights DD eats around 1 AM. Others, she sleeps until like 430. I don't hate that 1 AM feeding for the entirely selfish reason that I still haven't had AF. On nights she's not easy to pacify I'm more than glad to feed her once. 

    I have cut out the other feedings though because she was eating 3-4 times a night up until a few weeks ago. 

  • b0710b0710
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    DS has always woken up at least once a night and still does. I think he is hungry. Does he HAVE to eat, no, but I'm not ready to do something about it. He goes to bed at 7ish and wakes up to eat anytime between midnight and 3. If he woke up at the same time each night I might consider it more of a habit but for now he doesn't. FWIW I took the same approach with DS1 and a little after he turned 1 he just stopped waking up..,in hindsight that was probably too long ::mobile smiley::
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    My LO was getting a dream feed bottle at 9:30 and then he was fine until 5-6am. However, we stopped giving him the late bottle after my school year ended and now he eats at least 1-2 times each night. It's been rough with teething and transitioning to the crib. Hopefully it'll calm down soon, but I haven't stressed over it.
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  • I hate when they pull the "no medical need" for MOTN feedings.  Oh, okay then.  I guess I'll just tell my baby they need to not wake up since the doctor thinks they won't starve to death without it.  Perfect advice.  ::eye roll::  

    DD was sleeping a 10-12hr stretch at night for quite a while.  She's hit the 6 month growth phase and has started waking once overnight again.  She's growing.  She needs it.  She'll get the extra feeding until her body decides she's ready to go without it again.  Her body knows what it needs better than a doctor.   

    ETA: Her schedule looks like this - last bottle before bed typically 7-7.30pm.  She wakes for a large bottle around 4-5am and then is up for the day between 7-8am. 

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