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A typical night is 11pm, 2am, 5am but sometimes she wakes more often

My 6th month old girl Isla is very easy going but hasn`t slept through the night yet. I am exclusively breastfeeding her but she has the majority of her milk at night waking between 2-4 times with the first waking at about 11pm and then 2-4 hours thereafter. A typical night is 11pm, 2am, 5am but sometimes she wakes more often after the first feed. She is having 2 solids per day around lunchtime and then about 5pm but she won`t have more milk during the day even if I cut the solids. Any suggestions?

Maree...
Answer: Hi, Isla is not taking as much during the day because she is doing all her feeding overnight and filling up then and this becomes a cycle. From about 6 months baby should be able to sleep through the night without an overnight feed but i think she is now using the feed as her sleep association. If you want to change this you would need to stop offering the feeds overnight and resettle her instead, this will not be easy and you may want to consider using our It`s Time To Sleep settling techniques to resettle her. Even if you choose to still offer one overnight feed the best advise I can give you is always settle baby awake into the cot so she learns to sleep independently and not relying on your comfort to sleep. You can get details from `Your Baby`s Sleep` or www.itstimetosleep.com I hope this helps and all the best. Maree
Answered: 08 Jul 2009