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When can baby sleep through night: without nursing

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07/15/14

From my experience, not in the first 6-12 months. I let my first sleep through the night by two weeks and it really affected my milk supply and her growth and she also started solids much sooner had I not quit nursing her at night.

With my second, I was doing half and half. It wasn't until I had my third that I let her lead the way in nursing and she nursed like a champ day and night, had a good milk supply, she gained well and started solids around 9-12 months.

I did the same with the rest of my babies and found the same thing, though when they started solids varied from child to child.

I usually am busier during the day and the night time nursings gave my babies ample time to catch up on nursing sessions cut short during the day when I had to get up and tend to another child, get a meal ready etc.

Unless it occurs naturally, I wouldn't encourage sleeping through the night during the first year, but that's just me. I had most of my babies from my third down to my eighth nurse through the night even when they were toddlers to 2 or 3 years old. But that's just me.

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