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Many babies who are born full-term and are healthy can go through the night without a feeding by about 6 months. Susan E.C. Sorensen, a pediatrician in Reno, Nevada, explains that by the time they're this age, most babies can sleep comfortably for at least six hours without waking up to eat.
Even if you don't mind getting up at night to feed your baby, it's a good idea to wean him off nighttime feedings around the 6-month marker.
Sorensen says there's no harm in letting your baby learn to put himself to sleep — by putting him down when he's sleepy, but awake — around age 2 months. At this age he'll still need to be fed during the night, but the goal is to separate eating from going to sleep. That way, if your baby does wake up at night, he won't need your breast or a bottle to return to slumber.
Signs that your child's ready to give up his midnight snacks include not nursing for as long, not finishing the bottle, and falling asleep during feedings.
Be sure to discuss your baby's feeding schedule with his doctor before making changes, though, especially if your baby was premature or has other health considerations such as digestive problems or failure to gain weight.