How to night wean my 21 months co-sleeping baby!

Michelle - posted on 03/01/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Ok I'll try to make this short! My daughter is 21.months old and I still breastfeed her. She still sleeps with me and daddy. I really want her to sleep on her bed and to be able to self soothe. We went to talk with a specialist and she suggested I stop breastfeeding all together. Slowly but eventually stop...like within two weeks. I told her that I did not want to stop breastfeeding and it's like it went through one ear and right out the other! It took me quite a little convincing my boyfriend about the benefits of breastfeeding and explained to him that me and Malika are not ready to quit. But within 35 minutes of talking with her, he switched right back to telling me I need to stop! So my main question is, how do I night wean my daughter and have her sleep in her bed WITHOUT stopping breastfeeding? Is it possible??

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Michelle - posted on 03/02/2015

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the whole "wait until the sun comes up" is pretty interesting! I think I'll give that a try! I just want her to be a happy baby even if I'm not necessarily around at night! I know it's not going to last forever and I want to absorb every moment of her wanting to keep that connection with me!

Dove - posted on 03/01/2015

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When he was about 18 months old I would tell him every night while I was nursing him to sleep that he was a big boy and didn't need to nurse again til the sun came up. Yeah... the little stinker would stop nursing and look in my eyes and laugh. lol ♥
After a couple of months though.. when he would wake in the night (1-5 time/night) I would tell him to go back to sleep cuz the sun wasn't up. If he would start to cry I would nurse him right away, but if he was just whining I would wait a couple of minutes to see if he would fall asleep again or not. Eventually the times that he would cry was decreasing and the times that he would just whine for a couple of minutes... or even just go right back to sleep...were increasing.
Like I said... it took about 6 months, but from the time he was 2 until he fully weaned the only times I nursed him in the middle of the night were 2-3 different times that he had a stomach bug and wasn't eating anything else... so I was willing to get calories and hydration into him any chance he wanted.

Michelle - posted on 03/01/2015

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Thank you for replying!
So how did you start? I really want to stop the co-sleeping though..I really want my daughter to learn to self soothe and sleep on her own..but I love to breastfeed her!

Dove - posted on 03/01/2015

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It is absolutely possible. My son night weaned at 2 while still co-sleeping and continued day nursing for another year (and still co-sleeping past that), but... it took 6 months for us to gently night wean w/ no tears.

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