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Gah, my lovely little daughter (7months) is waking 3-4 times a night and only boob settles her. I'm slowly trying to wean her onto formula but currently she's only taking 4oz twice a day and I haven't tried her with formula at night. I really need sleep esp as I'll be back to work soon! What could I do to try and get her to sleep through longer? A little background: She goes down about 7, boob'n'snooze until 8 when she finally goes over, then wakes about 11/2/4/5. Usually two naps during the day totalling approx 3 hrs.

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TheParentandBabyCoach 
I would think at 7 months that it may well be more a behavioural waking than hunger, given she is probably now on solids too? It is often down to the way she falls asleep - if she is not able to do this on her own she is more likely to wake at night time. Try and settle her down to sleep without feeding, and see what changes occur then. You can always do some work on teaching her to self-settle if needs be. I work as a sleep consultant and this is a common problem i see amongst babies of her age. If you are happy to feed her to sleep that is great, but many parents also get to the stage where they need to make some changes before going back to work - if this is you then you have lots of options available.
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Dadah to one 
There's probably better sleep experts on the Brain but from my personal experience - when weaning we started giving formula for the night feed just before my daughter went to bed - quite often the formula milk actually helps babies sleep longer (again this is our personal experience but there are articles that back it up like this one https://expectingscience.com/2014/09/09/lets-face-it-formula-fed-babies-sleep-better-from-their-parents-perspective/) - I guess this doesn't help much if your daughter still wants boob before she sleeps - we actually let our daughter keep sucking on her bottle until she fell asleep. Do you think she's actually hungry when she wakes in the night or she wants reassurance from you? It may not be a hunger think - she may need simply to learn to self sooth. I hope this helps and I look forward to seeing the other suggestions on here .....
TheParentandBabyCoach 
I would think at 7 months that it may well be more a behavioural waking than hunger, given she is probably now on solids too? It is often down to the way she falls asleep - if she is not able to do this on her own she is more likely to wake at night time. Try and settle her down to sleep without feeding, and see what changes occur then. You can always do some work on teaching her to self-settle if needs be. I work as a sleep consultant and this is a common problem i see amongst babies of her age. If you are happy to feed her to sleep that is great, but many parents also get to the stage where they need to make some changes before going back to work - if this is you then you have lots of options available.
Anonymous 
Thanks both. Yes, I suspect it is behavioural and I guess I'll have to try and break the habit. @dadah I tried her on formula the past couple of nights which she nodded off drinking only to keep waking until she got boob 😫. More perseverance required I think. I'll have a go settling her without feeding but stubborn seems to be my daughter's middle name!
SleepFairyDee 
It is also often easier to start learning to self-soothe in the daytime than in the middle of the night so it would help to look at your daytime routine and switch it around so she's not feeding to sleep in the day and you can practice getting her to sleep without feeding at naps. You don't need to shut her in a darkened room to do this, you can start gently by rocking and cuddling to sleep and move on from there as she gets used to it.

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