How to break a 2 year from nursing

Alaina - posted on 06/24/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is going to be 2 in August. She still nurses at night and she will not sleep all night and never has since she has been born. Any tips or anything?

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Lise - posted on 06/27/2011

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Does she swallow milk or just comfort nurse? If it's just comfort nursing, then I would say to limit the time - so maybe let her nurse for a few minutes, while patting her back or doing some other comfort method. Then the next night only let her nurse for 2 minutes, then just 1.5, then just 1, etc. until she's latching on and then you're unlatching her.

If she's nursing to drink, then personally, I would just let her - I'd guess it's something she needs, and I would rather let my daughter drink my milk in the middle of the night than cow's milk (because that would mean brushing her teeth again).

Did you look through the link I posted about? I really like Jay Gordan's nightweaning guide... http://drjaygordon.com/attachment/sleepp...

Alaina - posted on 06/27/2011

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Well i try not to let her nurse and she crys herself back to sleep and then some nights she will stay up and the only way to get her back to sleep is to let her nurse.

Lise - posted on 06/25/2011

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So after the 4-5 hours, does she nurse and go back to sleep? Or is she up for a bit?

Alaina - posted on 06/25/2011

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I give her a bath round 8:00-8:30 and she goes to bed about 9:00 and we watch I Love Lucy because it is one of the shows she can watch and fall asleep with in 15 minutes. Then she will wake up in like 4-5 hours and get in my bed and want to nurse. She does sleep in my room and her bed is next to mine.

Lise - posted on 06/25/2011

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That link should help give feedback for weaning gently (easier on your lo, and easier on you and your breasts). As for sttn, I really think it's hard to give GOOD, child-based advice. I believe sleep is developmental and you can help a child get there, but you can't force a child to get there. It's like walking, talking, etc. - you can't MAKE your child walk. You can provide the opportunities to try, and provide a safe learning environment for him/her to try, but you can't force it.



Does your lo have a place to sleep where she feels comfortable? Temperature good? Nice amount of light (not too much, too little)? My daughter will sttn in bed with us, where she feels safe, but won't sttn in her own bed, where she doesn't feel safe. So, she's still in bed with us (I value sleep more than her being in her own room).



What does your night routine look like? Any way we could get an idea of what nights look like so we can give specific suggestions?

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