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There's no one right answer to this question. It's
normal and natural for your baby to still feed at night, but it would also be very normal (and
achievable) for her to sleep 11 hours without feeding.
Most doctors agree that
by 6 months, a baby can take in all her calories in the daytime. On the
other hand, if you're breastfeeding and have any doubts about your milk supply, you
might want to continue feeding once or twice a night. Dropping feedings too
quickly can lead to a decrease in your production, even during the day.
Whether you continue to feed your baby at night or not, the
feedings can be quick and routine, without a lot of fanfare or time spent
trying to soothe your baby back to sleep (since she can do that herself at this
age). If you're spending a lot of time feeding or rocking back to sleep in the
night, that's a sign that her sleep potential is being a little stifled.
experience, the biggest predictor of how often a baby wakes up in the night is
how she went to bed. If it's by nursing to sleep, she's much more likely to
wake up and expect to be fed to repeat that pattern. On the other hand, if she
fell asleep at bedtime by going into her sleeping place awake, grabbing her
blankie and rolling around on her own to get comfortable, she's much more
likely to do that in the night when she wakes—rather than call out for a
When I do sleep
consultations, I always start with the bedtime routine and how it ends,
modifying it to move the feeding earlier and disassociate it from falling
asleep. That alone sometimes allows a baby to sleep longer stretches. Next, you
could decide to keep in one feeding and wean the rest gradually (or wean them
all if you'd like). In "The Happy Sleeper," we have a very specific formula for
how to wean over the course of a couple weeks. Weaning gradually ensures that
your baby isn't ever hungry and also is the friendliest to your breasts if