Q – I feed my baby all through the night while he sleeps.  Is this a bad idea?

A – Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this. At present your son has only one way to soothe himself to sleep and that is by feeding.  Now he has to learn other ways.  You will probably have to feed him and then try to put him down when he is almost asleep and let him cry a bit.  Let him cry for 5 minutes.  After the 5 minutes you go in and console him while not feeding him and then try again. Keep this up until he falls asleep.  I know this is exhausting and can make for a few long nights but it will work usually over the course of 2-3 nights. I have been through this myself and have yet to discover an easier way but I also know that by leaving it alone the problem only becomes worse as the baby gets older.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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