A 36-year-old male asked:
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my 7 months baby wakes up at night couple of times. we feed him and he sleeps. does he wake up bcoz he is hungry? or are we overfeeding him?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
He awakens because: He's a "trained night feeder." healthy babies over 6 mos. Don't need night feeds, ; are old enough for learned behaviors. If you read to him, feed, brush his teeth or wipe off his gums, then put him to bed drowsy, but awake, he'll learn to self-calm for sleep-onset ; for night-waking. If you consistently ignore night-crying. It increases at first, then stops. See healthychildren.Org for tips.
Answered on Apr 29, 2014

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