Just EAT! Ep 8: In-Laws and Night Feeding

Last updated March 10, 2022
By Renae D'Andrea

In this episode, a parent writes in about concerns with her in-laws and their their differing opinions on how she should feed her 7 month old. They have shared their opinions with her about everything from when to feed her baby to whether she should allow him to nurse over night. Her in-laws are concerned that when her son is served solid foods in the morning, he tends not to show interest. They are persistent in telling her that her son needs to be able to sleep through the night at this age and will not do so unless she stops feeding him each time he wakes up. They also insist that he should be fed a proper breakfast, lunch, and dinner and that breastmilk is nothing more than a snack. This parent is unsure how to handle this situation and is second guessing whether her initial approach is right or wrong. 

What You'll Learn About in This Episode:

  • What sleeping through the night should be like for your baby, and what it actually means when we say that.
  • Whether or not you should feed your baby on demand if they wake up in the middle of the night.
  • How you can tell if your baby is actually hungry when waking in the night to feed.
  • Why breastfeeding is important throughout your baby's first year.
  • How you can set up a positive environment to give your child every advantage you can when it comes to learning to eat. 
  • Things to consider when handling family members that try to advise you on how to feed your child.
  • Tips on how to determine where you define boundaries with family members.

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Links on This Episode: 

  • If you have a baby that is 10 months or less and you haven’t already looked into it, I’d recommend checking out the starting solids course available on my website. It walks you through everything you need to know about starting solids, from what to feed to just how to feed that food. It can help you to avoid some of the common pitfalls that often crop up as your baby get’s closer to a year and into toddlerhood! Find a link to it in the show notes, or head to newwaysnutrition.com/startingsolids.

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