Posted in Breastfeeding, Starting Solids, Babies

8.5 month old feeds A LOT overnight

My daughter has always been breast fed. She would sleep long periods through the night up until 2 or 3 months ago. Now she wakes up to feed every 2 hours most nights. Sometimes it’s only an hour between feedings...sometimes she’ll make it 4 or 5 hours before needing to feed again. She eats some solids...she’s not a huge fan of much other than her cereal. We try to make sure she eats that before bed. It doesn’t always happen but, it doesn’t seem to make much difference bc she still wakes up every 2 hours whether she has the cereal or not. Is this normal at this stage?

  • Jenn
    Mar 24

    She could be going through a growth spurt, which would make her more hungry. At 8 months she should be eating 2-3 meals of solids a day on top of her breastfeeding. Have you tried actual food or just puree? If you haven't tried actual food, I'd suggest doing so and giving your LO small pieces of soft foods. My LO loves scrambled eggs with cheese, pancakes, cinnamon bread with peanut butter, grilled cheese, rice, pasta, quesadillas, meatloaf, taco meat, and all different veggies and fruits.

  • J
    Mar 24

    Maybe she’s not getting enough from breast? She could still be hungry

  • Andrea
    Mar 24

    If its every two hours... it could very well be a sleep association too. My LO does that too... for a couple weeks wakes a lot... then only a couple times at night... then will do it more again. Its totally a mixture of things for him. Sometimes teething, illness, growth spurt... all these increase eatings which then get him used to nursing more and then he gets used to it (aka sleep association). I wouldn’t stress over it. Baby’s cant overeat nursing. Increasing daytime food isn’t a bad idea... but if its an association you may want to try sleep training to give yourself a break.

  • Sara
    Apr 17

    This is very normal in babies even toddlers my son is 11 months and still wakes to feed this is a developmental stage all babies reach when they are ready....