I get asked this question a lot, and I have two answers for you.

First of all, the clinical one. If your child’s six months or older, gaining weight as expected, and your doctor says you’re okay to end night time feeds, then go ahead and give it a shot.

But that doesn’t really answer your question, does it? Because that information is readily available on about a thousand different websites. If that was all you needed to know, you’d know it already.

Chances are, what you’re really asking is, “Why does my baby refuse to give up his night feeds?”

Because if you’d pulled his night feeds and he just accepted it and started sleeping through the night, you wouldn’t be online looking for information about it. You’d either be in bed, enjoying eight hours of blissful, uninterrupted sleep, or you’d be at the playground, telling all the other moms how easily your little guy gave up night feeds, and how this whole parenting thing is such a breeze!

(Don’t do that though. Moms hate that.)

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abdominal exercise baby winkz blog - Dr Joanne HelckeMy Favourite Five Tummy Tightening Exercises For New Mums

Let me ask you a question: what is the first abdominal exercise that pops into your mind? I’m no mind reader but I’ll tell you what it is: it’s “sit-ups”, otherwise known as “crunches”, isn’t it? Yep, there are so many abdominal exercises to choose from and yet the world is totally obsessed with doing sit-ups, as if they were the answer to all our wobbly abdominal woes!

Let me let you into a secret. Ok, it’s not a secret but let me disillusion you: you could do 1000 sit-ups a day and it won’t change any of your tummy troubles! In fact, if you have recently become a mummy and your abdominals are separated, chances are, you’ll make matters worse by doing crunches because they’ll actually stop your poor abdominals from realigning and coming back together. Read more