After one year!

Moriah - posted on 12/30/2008 ( 13 moms have responded )

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So my little guy is really only nursing to go to sleep which is fine with me but Im starting to feel like thats the only way he'll go to sleep. I'd like to start weaning him but am torn on how he still doesn't sleep thru the night so thats another hurdle I'd like to tackle any help would be so appreicated!

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Sunita - posted on 01/07/2009

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My daughter is 16 months old; she nurses to sleep and also wakes several times throughout the night and only goes back to sleep with nursing. So far I'm ok with it, but feeling the exhaustion of not having a full night's sleep in a very long time. I find it so much easier to give her a boob in the middle of the night then to try something different (even the no-cry sleep solution), I'm not sure how to wean. I feel like she'll never wean because she likes it so much and I'm too lazy to do things differently - ugh!! what to do?

Emily - posted on 01/07/2009

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Look into the "No-Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley.

One thing I learned was that a normal sleep cycle lasts about an hour and a half. I found that if I went into my kids rooms just before I figured they would wake up, and laid down with them again, they would wake briefly, then roll over and go back to sleep. It's possible that she thinks she's just taking a nap and she needs an extra cue to let her know that it's really time to sleep.

Shanna - posted on 01/07/2009

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My daughter is 16mo old and is not sleeping through the night either. She wakes a few time in the night to nurse. I am not ready to wean her but I would LOVE her to start sleeping through! I feel like I have no time for myself at night. We have been co-sleeping

as well which has worked fine for us but I am starting to put her down in her own room.

I tried her crib and found that she can climb out so I moved her mattress to the floor and she really seems to like that. The past couple nights I have been able to get her to sleep by just sitting beside the mattress but then the problem is she wakes up about half and hour later and I cannot get her back to sleep for another couple hours until I go to bed!! Does anyone have any suggestions for keeping her asleep longer? I don't know if there is much I can do...tonight I am trying a lullaby cd left on...maybe the noise will help?? No such luck...she has been asleep for 20 min and is awake now!

Any suggestions?

Beth - posted on 01/07/2009

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At about 15/16 months my son FINALLY tarted sleeping through the night! Another 4 or 5 months after that I finally got him weaned! I would get him sleeping through first and comfortable with that and then start the daunting task of weaning! Good Luck!!

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I'm enjoying reading this advice, my daughter is 17 months and still falls asleep to nursing and wakes up at night several times, and nurses back to sleep. I am not happy with how I weaned and got my older daughter to all asleep on her own. I had a lot of pressure from my husband b/c he wasn't comfortable with nursing much past a year, and when my second child was born, my first was two and he took over bed time, and did things his way. I was really sick for a few weeks and unable to do it. So anyway, this time around I'm hoping it will go much smoother. I have mixed feelings, some days I am ready to start a slow weaning process. It's been over 4 years that I have either been pregnant or nursing, and I would like to see what it feels like to be have a break for awhile, but the other part of me would like to see her wean naturally, I'm not sure if I would be comfortable much past age two, but who knows. (my husband would definitly not be) Ok this is long enough. thanks for support!

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I'm enjoying reading this advice, my daughter is 17 months and still falls asleep to nursing and wakes up at night several times, and nurses back to sleep. I am not happy with how I weaned and got my older daughter to all asleep on her own. I had a lot of pressure from my husband b/c he wasn't comfortable with nursing much past a year, and when my second child was born, my first was two and he took over bed time, and did things his way. I was really sick for a few weeks and unable to do it. So anyway, this time around I'm hoping it will go much smoother. I have mixed feelings, some days I am ready to start a slow weaning process. It's been over 4 years that I have either been pregnant or nursing, and I would like to see what it feels like to be have a break for awhile, but the other part of me would like to see her wean naturally, I'm not sure if I would be comfortable much past age two, but who knows. (my husband would definitly not be) Ok this is long enough. thanks for support!

Emily - posted on 12/31/2008

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If he refuses a bottle (my two younger ones have never had bottles either), try a sippy cup or water bottle at night. I keep water bottles by everyone's bed at night, and offer that to my 2 1/2 year old when she asks for "mommy milk" in the middle of then night (we're only nursing once a day with her). This also worked when that same girl was super thirsty at night around 15 months and my milk was all dried up because I was pregnant again.

Definitely check out the "No-Cry Sleep Solution" and consider keeping water nearby to quench his thirst when he wakes up... I still wake up super thirsty at night and can't sleep until I've had a drink... so I also keep a water bottle by my bed. :)

Amanda - posted on 12/30/2008

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My first nursed for 15 months. he weaned himself by only asking for it at night before bed. then each night he would nurse for shorter peroids of time till one night he did not ask for it. It was painless for both of us. though i was sad that he stopped.

Moriah - posted on 12/30/2008

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He is 13 months and we have never given him a bottle because he absolutly refuses which was fine with me I would just like to make the transition as smooth as possible I don't expect it to be over night I am just alittle nervous about it!

Michelle - posted on 12/30/2008

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How old? So what if it is the only way? If that works for you, whose to say what's right or wrong? Eventually he will not want to and wean himself, or you can try warm milk in a bottle in his own bed with you laying next to him and gradually shorted the amount of time.

Emily - posted on 12/30/2008

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Read the "No-Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley. She's got some great methods & tips for helping kids fall asleep without nursing, night weaning, moving to their own bed, etc. She's really helped all three of my kids become great sleepers. :)

Michele - posted on 12/30/2008

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I sympathize with you. My baby is 8 months and I am so anxious about the weaning process. My son loves to nurse in the evening. He takes a bottle good but he loves nursing. He eats well but he loves to wash it down with mommy. Hopefully someone can give us a clue on transitioning out of breastfeeding.

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