Drinking Milk whole night

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gili 2011-07-25 11:16:01


My 2yrs old son does not sleep without drinking milk. He wakes up two - three times at night and then does not sleep without having milk.  If you ignore him and does not give him milk he keeps crying and does not sleep. I want to stop this habit of having milk in the night.

apar_sai 2011-07-25 11:36:17


 Am afraid it is like weaning. You will have to let him cry it out to stop the habit.

Three things that can help you get convinced -

a) milk in the mid of night is very bad for his teeth;

b) even a one-year-old can sustain without it for 8 hours in the night. He will not be under-nourished, in fact he will be more hungry at  a healthy time in the morning for fresh/nutritious food;

c) it upsets his digestion pattern (to sleep on a full tummy) and he will not have enough of other food types as he will not be as hungry during the day. 

Just steel your heart, be firm and offer him water alone (intially). He will realize and sleep tight soon..All the Best!






Mamma1 2011-07-25 12:06:54


Even i went thru the same situation..it has affected his teeth also -very badly..What u cud do is apply some bitter gourd juice ,tamarind or something and they themselves will stop it.. U ve to do it  a couple of times when they demand feed ..sad i know.but it worked for me .Once u ve started feeding applyg -no going back .Then they 'll realize thers something fishy :))


gili 2011-07-26 13:25:33


Hey, he has milk but not breast feed. I have stop breast feeding when my son was 8 months old. Here I am talking about the milk bottle. Hope there is no confusion now......


partash 2011-08-26 11:33:34


 Hi Gili,


Did you follow apar_sai advice and stoped feeding in nights (bottle milk).

Because I have the same problem with my 2yr old kid. He wakes up 4 to 5 times and dosent sleep without having milk.

Has your kid started talking?


gili 2011-08-26 14:17:53


No, since I am a working mother I have not followed her advice yet. But would follow the same once I am on leave for a week a so in Sept first week.

Yes, my son speaks. He is able to speak three or four words sentences.


SunitaJ 2011-08-26 14:58:44


My daughter is 2 yrs and a month old now.I was breastfeeding her till 2 yrs.My concern was the same,where she would sleep only while drinking milk and then get up every 2-3 hours and sleep only when she would get milk.That lead to her having poor sleep and me going back to work like a zombie.lol...Last month after her birthday I finally decided to get her our of this.Bellow are some tips and within a month she has stopped breastfeeding and sleeping till morning.

  • Firstly you need to break the habit of having milk to fall asllep,whether its breastmilk or bottle milk.For this make the child sleep in a place  different from the regular sleeping area which would not remind her of milk and sleep together.I started putting her to sleep in the hall.
  • Try to do passive activites with the child which would put her in slumber.I tried many things to find out what finally puts her to sleep.From reading nusrey rhyme books/story books...Finally listening and watching a nursery rhyme DVD became our reason to sleep.Everyday we watch this DVD sometime it plays 2-3 times till she falls asleep.Try to find out what works for your child.
  • I would advice not to use bitter things for moms who breastfeed,since breastfeeding is a lovely mother and child bonding activity and you should leave the child as well as yourself good finally memories.

Let me know if this helps you.


partash 2011-08-29 15:30:46


 Thanks for the reply


partash 2011-08-29 15:35:21


 Thanks Sunitha.

Great that you could finaly stop.

Will try your advices.Bad part is he cries a lot if he dosent get milk.It takes nearly 30mins to calm him without milk and had to do samething of min 4times.This is the hardest part that Iam going thru.Lets hope for best.


gili 2011-08-29 16:22:16



good you could get ur child out of this habbit. but for me since i am in a joint family it is difficult to make something as a rule....


I can do it but my inlaws does not follow the sam.............


SunitaJ 2011-08-30 12:38:20


Initial first week will be very tough...as a mother to see your child cry is very painful.I too live in a joint family and when my child used to cry I used to get a lot of stares and comments from my inlaws...what type of a mother to make child cry etc etc.....but as a mother your interest should primarily be the best towards your child....


nkhosla 2011-08-31 11:59:26


Hi Gili

Does your child eat properly before going to bed ? I have observed this with my 2.4 years old daughter, she asks for milk only when she sleeps without having proper dinner.

I think if your child eats properly before sleep he will have a sound sleep, also I agree with other's opinions that we need to be harsh at times for our kids' well being. I let my daughter crying for a week at night to stop this habbit, but ultimately she stopped. It was very tough though, at times I felt guilty, but at the end it is for the good of child only . As far as in laws, I think they usually forget their times, so we need to concentrate on our child first , rather than their concerns.


PiaKaushik 2012-03-06 14:59:50


I am also sailing in the same boat with my son and my doctor is advicing to stop feeds in mid night. Went thru this post and found the useful tips. I am going to try them. But want to know wat time should be the dinner be given and wat should be the minimum time difference between dinner and milk before baby sleeps? Generally my kid finishes his dinner by 9 PM and goes to sleep by 11 PM.

Also, wat amount of milk is sufficient for a kid of 2 yrs?

Please guide me thru :)


 Former member 2012-03-06 15:27:30


my son too woke up twice every night, not one night missed and would drink - at exactly 2am and 5am...but at around 25 months this habit stopped -  corresponding to more solid foods intake during day.


Aniranjit 2012-03-06 16:25:01


Hi, Even my son was like that. First try avoiding bottles in the day time. In night u can give him water instead of milk. Unless u stop the bottle, you can't stop him.

Don't show him the bottle. hide it. I just throw the bottle in trash, coz we'll give him if he is very cranky. Try giving him some fancy sippy cups first or cups with straws. It'll work out.


pakindrar 2012-03-06 18:03:18


Hi Pia Kaushik,

I think we are sailing in same boat. My son is exactly 2 yrs old now. He used to have his dinner around 8:30 PM and a cup of milk at 10 pm and go to bed at 11 pm. sometimes at 11:30 pm. he wakes up around 3 am. he will never sleep till i breastfeed him. I firmly thought of stopping this. But he is sleeping again around 5:30 am.

Myself and even him not having good sleep at night. Can anyone suggest how to stop this habit, kid to have a good sleep at night, proper dinner time etc..?


preetyslim 2012-03-06 19:05:57


 hi all,,, this is the common thing everymother faces but i will suggets u if ur child i stwo now then its a high time...stop giving breastmilk.. start giving him hard food.. i f children do not sleep at night there is alwways possibility that he has already slept so much in day that he does not need much sleep or he is seriously hungry .. so parents i will suggets make sure ur kid eats dinner properly .. if u only give hard food. and u feel that ur child has not eaten properly then there is no harm in giving him grind food.. atleast his tummy will be full before sleeping...and for breast milk apply karela juice on ur breast as whenever ur kid ask for milk  at night, once he will not like that may be he stop taking milk  or may be he will cry he should feel that u r ready to give milk but he does not like the taste. so eventually he will stop taking breast milk slowly...just try that many of my friends have tried this....good luck  ....


ManasiS 2012-03-07 13:56:26


Hi All,

This is a habit which needs to be broken...the earlier the better. Night time milk will affect your child's oral hygiene and will lead to dental issues later on. The bottle feeding needs to stop, maybe switch to a Sipper or regular cup. Once the child is on Solid foods he/she does not need milk at night. Ideally a 2 year old needs only 2 cups of milk daily if he/she has more you are not meeting his nutritional needs by giving other solids. 

Try setting a routine when he has milk only in the morning and evening and the rest is supplemented with solids. Ensure he does not sleep till late evening and is given ample active playtime, maybe you could take him to the garden so that the energy is channelized. Dinner on time and after some quiet time- maybe story reading or telling session  and sit down play its time for bed.

Hope this helps you. Best of luck


PiaKaushik 2012-03-07 14:19:34


Hi All......

In my case its not a matter of breastfeed. My kid is already weaned. But, he wants milk in the night around 4-5 PM. Still he is used to bottle.....so I am planning to change to sippy cups or cups for milk. He takes water from sippy cup........not milk now.

Pls guide me how to stop bottle feed....any tricks to do that? Aniranjit.....i am going to try ur idea.....



Rukmani2012 2012-03-14 04:30:52


hi pia,

Even my son was were much attached to bottle feed even upto 2 years .......... one day he had cold and we had to take him to doctor (this doctor was his pediatrician from birth),  The doctor told my son if he has to become strong and big boy he has to stop drinking in bottle and start using glass like elders then he will become big boy to which my son agreed so while coming back home on the way i gave one empty feeding bottle to my son and told him to throw it away as he has become big boy now for which he did the same ............. after coming home i told him we dont have bottle now at all as it was thrown away ........ I got him a sipper glass (steel glass which would have a pipe in it especially made for small kids who can sip ) ..... This helped him to forget  bottle feed completely............. in glass as milk intake was less he started having solid food more.........


vaishali54 2012-03-15 14:24:33



 I read this thread 2-3 days ago & realised that i too need to stop bottle feeding for my daughter. She is 2.1 yrs old.

Since then i have stopped both the bottle feed as well as drinking milk in the night. She does ask for it once around 2 am but i say that the milk in the house is over & milkman will get it early morning. She calms down after 5-10 mins.

She now get up at 6 am in the morning for milk but then that is ok with us.


Her day begins at 6 a.m now :)





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