Determining when your baby can wean off night feedings isn’t always easy. Your baby may be waking several times each night, and feeding is the quickest and easiest way to get her back to sleep. But you may be starting to wonder if she’s truly hungry each time she wakes, or if she’s ready to sleep longer stretches at night. How can you tell?
I’ve broken it down for you in my Weaning Night Feedings Guidelines. These will help you determine when it’s appropriate for your baby to wean (or reduce) her night feedings. And if so, how to do it.
Step 1: How old is your baby?
The first factor to consider when deciding if your baby is ready to wean off night feedings is his or her AGE. Check out the guidelines below.
Newborn-3 months old
Needs night feedings, but some can have a 3-5 hour stretch of sleep.
4-5 months old
Needs night feedings, but some can have a 5-6 hour stretch of sleep.
6-8 months old
Many can be night weaned. Others need 1 night feeding.
9-12 months old
The overwhelming majority can be night weaned.
13+ months old
Generally do not need night feedings.
You ready for the next steps?
Get My New & Expanded ‘A Lactation Consultant’s Guide to Night Weaning’ and:
✓ Get reassurance from a Neonatal Nurse that your baby is ready for night weaning.
✓ Have a clear plan for stopping (or reducing) your baby’s night feeds whether you breastfeed or bottle-feed.
✓ Be guided through gently weaning off night feeds and not feel pressured to stop ‘cold turkey’.
✓ Receive advice from a Lactation Consultant on how to protect your milk supply as you night wean.
✓ Learn how to increase your toddler’s appetite for solid foods.
✓ Feel confident using a plan that’s worked for thousands of other families.