Let me just start by saying, every baby is different. Just because this worked for me and my baby, doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work for you. I just want to share my experience with you!
After about 6 months of getting up countless times a night to feed and change my baby I needed some sleep. I decided that I was going to start working on getting her to sleep longer stretches. My baby was only sleeping 3 hours stretches at this time. Which meant she was waking up 4 times for bottles in the middle of the night.
I decided that I would start diluting her milk 1 ounce at a time. She was drinking 3 ounce bottles every 3 hours. So, instead of making a 3 ounce bottle, I would make a 2 ounce bottle and add an ounce of water. I did this for 2 days and then diluted the next bottle with 1 ounce of water. So on and so forth, until all 4 of her bottles were 2 ounces of milk and 1 ounce of water.
On the eighth day, I added another ounce of water to one of her bottles. So I made a 1 ounce bottle of milk and added 2 ounces of water. 2 days later, I diluted her second bottle. Then her third. & I think you know where this goes from here. After all 4 bottles were 2/3 water, she ended up dropping 2 of her nightly feeds. Hallelujah!
Now that she was down to 2 bottles, I wanted to keep going. This was working!
Instead of making both bottles 3 ounces of water, I made them smaller. So I made two 1.5 ounce bottles of milk that were 2/3 water. To do this: Make a 2 ounce bottle of milk, add an ounce of water (making 3 ounces) & then divide it between 2 bottles.
Once she was drinking 1.5 ounce bottles for about a week, I switched the bottles out (one at a time) for plain water. After the first night of drinking two 1.5 ounce bottles of water, she dropped one of the bottles. And about 3 days after that, she dropped the last bottle.
“In just one month, I had weened her last nightly bottle. She was sleeping through the night!” (click to Tweet)
It was so exciting! Even though she was sleeping through the night, I still woke up at the time of her would-be feeding and felt like I was missing something. It was bittersweet. I’m so proud of her!
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