My main issue is that on the days he doesn't eat much, he wants to breastfeed overnight. When he was 7 months old we night weaned him because he was waking up every couple of hours to comfort suck. Since then, he slept through until around 6 each night.
In the last few months he has become very fussy and won't eat much. He has now started waking earlier (around 4 or 5) for a feed. I would prefer not to feed him at this time because I think he is old enough to get through without it, and I don't want to encourage him to drink more milk at this stage.
I saw the clinic nurse last week and she recommended settling if he wakes before 6am. This is easier said than done. DS is very difficult to settle in the early hours of the morning. It can literally take hours of us trying to settle with him screaming, and then it gets to the time when I normally feed him anyway, so I just do.
Is this just reinforcing his habits? I am really, really ready for him to sleep through as I'm back at work now and I know he can do it (he's done it enough times). Or am I fighting a losing battle by not feeding him when he wakes at 4 or 5? I would dearly love him to eat more food and the clinic nurse was of the view that he will if I stop letting him make it up with milk.
ETA: He has 3 milk feeds a day and the clinic nurse said that was appropriate for his age.
Edited by Tilly007, 12 February 2012 - 02:56 PM.