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I would strongly advice any mother who wishes to breastfeed to stay well away from this book. The advice is not only woefully inadequate, but would seriously undermine any breastfeeding relationship. Cohen claims that babies can sleep through for 12 hours without feeding at 4 month old. This is completely contradictory to the statistics on normal infant sleep and breastfeeding that I am aware of. Not only that, but enforcing such a long night gap between feeds would not only result in a very miserable baby but also a serious supply problem. Babies need to feed regularly to maintain supply and production of the hormone prolactin, which ensures that the mother continues producing milk. If the milk is not removed from the breast for long periods of time an inhibitor is activated and milk production slows. This is bad news, certainly while breast milk is the infants sole source of nutrition. And current advice is that this should be the case for at least the first 6 months. Cohen is either unaware of the basic mechanics of milk production or he chooses to ignore this. Either case would be pretty bad in a paediatrician. On top of this he recommends full extinction as a method to enforce this long feeding gap at night. Basically he says leave your hungry baby to scream and do not go into their room to comfort or reassure them at all. At 4 months! Bad idea! Even proponents of sleep training do not recommend it before 6 months and most acknowledge that babies might still need to feed for at least once during the night after 6 months of age. Breastfed babies certainly do. And extinction is not suitable as a method to night wean. That has to be done gradually. Going cold turkey as advised here will just mean the baby is starving as it has been used to take on calories during the night. That is just cruel.
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Initial post: 22 Oct 2014 11:12:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Oct 2014 11:13:44 BDT
I disagree! Babies can sleep through the night with no feeding at about 4+ months (or earlier if lucky). My (breast-fed) twins slept from 11pm feed till 8am at 4/4,5 months and dropped 11pm feed at 5 month on the dot, and they have been sleeping for 12+ hours with no feeds ever since.
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