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My 11-month-old daughter sleeps great but still wakes up once a night to nurse. She knows how to fall asleep on her own. I usually let her fuss for a few minutes when she wakes up in the middle of the night. But if she doesn’t fall back asleep, I go nurse her for about 5-10 minutes and put her back down to bed without a problem. This usually happens between 11pm-2am. I do it because I know she’ll go right back to sleep and her crying won’t wake up the rest of the house. But I also imagine this habit will get harder to break as she gets older.
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Its sounds like you have a pretty great sleeper there. I have 7 children and can honestly say that they are all so different. I have had babies that have slept through the night from 12 weeks old and babies that still woke up for milk and cuddles until they were 3 years old. Do what works for you and your baby. You got this!!!
I think 1 year is an appropriate time to start night time weaning, (but based on the health and development of the child you might consider delaying it for few more months). Usually, around 1 year child starts eating enough during day to get essential nutrients and we can decrease his dependence on milk.
It is more practical to gradually phase out the nighttime nursing. If you are giving formula milk, gradually decrease the volume of milk. If you are breastfeeding, gradually decrease the time of nursing. Once the child gets used to this change, try skipping nighttime nursing in between days.
I breastfed both my kids for a year. I was used to introduce formula milk around 6 months. Giving a bottle of milk right before sleeping helped me in reducing nighttime feed.
Another thing I did was giving my kids their favorite food e.g. mashed potatoes, banana, rice pudding etc. as dinner. It helped them in getting full before going to sleep and stay sleeping for longer hours. It gradually decreased the need for nighttime nursing.