Night Weaning!!

Susan - posted on 11/18/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi All!

My daughter is 16 months old and until now we have had a wonderful breastfeeding bond. I always said I would go to 18 months, but I am starting the weaning process a little earlier for a couple of reasons. One is that she only wants to feed for sleeping, which I have not had a problem with before, but mainly because in a month or so I will be going into hospital for a procedure and I will need her to be okay with me not being around. She goes to sleep on her own and has no feed through the day. I give her a nice feed and cuddle before bed in the evenings. We love this time, but i am sure I can quite easily cut this one out. As much as I will miss it. The biggest problem (which seems to be a common one on this site) is the night feedings. She wakes often at night and needs some boob time to comfort her and then I put her back down and she goes back to sleep. I have tried other things to comfort and settle her by the just gets so mad at me and I keep giving in. How can I not?! She is my little baby and I don't want her to be sad!

Anyway I would really truly appreciate some advice as to how to get her settled at night without the breast so that I can hand over the reins to her Dad or Aunt to get her used to it before I go into hospital. Also, do you think if I cut the evening feed before the night ones she might get the hang of it quicker or should I cut the night ones before the evening one? We are so close now to being fully weaned and its been a long hard road...

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Jessica - posted on 11/19/2010

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I had the same issue with my two older ones! My oldest went out of town for a weekend with her granny and I dried by the time she came home. With my second, my husband put him to bed two days in row and I dried up. They both asked to nurse and said no milk and that was it, they never asked to nurse again.

Catherine - posted on 11/19/2010

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My son (he's 13 months now) was a chronic night-nurser until just about a month ago. He had been wanting to nurse every 2-3 hours at night, which was getting to be a bit much, so we slowly weaned him off it. The first night, we decided he could only nurse every 3 hours, so if he woke up before that, we would try to soothe him back to sleep another way. Sometimes he was mad, but we stuck it out and made him wait the 3 hours. After a few days of that, we shifted to 3.5 hours, and so on. We had a few rough nights at first, but he caught on and jumped from 5 to 7 hours on his own. Now he only nurses once during the night. He still gets up several other times, but he doesn't want to nurse then, and we put him back to sleep other ways (we're still working on trying to get rid of these wakings). I hope this helps.

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