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December 29th, 2010, 12:12 PM
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I've been nursing Isabella for 26 months. She still nurses 5-6 times {at least} a night, and it seems like she's always nursing. Like constantly. My boobs are gettin tired! I don't wanna fully wean her -- just maybe cut back a bit. Any ideas on how I can get her eating more table foods and less mama's milk?
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December 29th, 2010, 12:59 PM
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I hear ya with the tired boobs! LOL. And we are only at 19 months! We nurse, on average, 10 times a day? Food is really hit or miss and does not really seem to affect her nursing quantity. I hope you get some good advice, i will be listening. I do not think we are ready to night wean yet, but that would probably be my first step in your shoes. Or nurse 1 time at night and then boobies go night night.
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December 29th, 2010, 01:57 PM
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What worked for me on cutting down on night feedings was to tell DD that the boobies go to sleep. At first I'd nurse her for few mins and then they went to sleep but later I told her that the boobies were sleeping when she asked. She was upset the first times but eventually understood that boobies too need their sleep.
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December 30th, 2010, 05:00 AM
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December 30th, 2010, 05:13 AM
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Does she nurse during the day at all or just at night? We night weaned at 18 months (then again at 21 months ) and it went pretty well.

It sure is peace of mind having them nurse though, in terms of nutrition. Hopefully she'll understand the boobies need a break every now and again.
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December 30th, 2010, 07:10 AM
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I'm not a regular poster on this board and was coming over here to complain about the same thing. My son is 27 months old. We co-sleep and he has always nursed on and off during the night. It's more of a comfort thing (I think). At the beginning of Dec. I decided I was going to night wean him. It went really well the first couple weeks. I would let him nurse in bed while reading him his bedtime stories and then we would brush/floss his teeth. After that I only cuddled him, sang songs, etc. until he fell asleep. The first few night he woke up a couple times. He would ask to nurse, I'd tell him not until the morning because "nay nays" were sleeping. He would cry for a few mins, sometimes take a drink of water, and go right back to sleep. I'd let him nurse at 6 AM but not earlier if he woke up. It was going awesome and I could not believer how easy it was. Not anymore! The past week or more he has been waking up and staying awake crying and screaming. At first it was 5 AM, then 4AM, and last night 2AM. Nothing works. He keeps asking over and over to nurse. He screams which wakes up my DH and DH gets mad because he needs to sleep for work. I don't want to give in before 6AM but have been giving in between 4-5AM because I don't want to wake up DH.

For those looking for gentle night weaning methods check out this link: Sleep, Changing Patterns In The Family Bed | Jay Gordon, MD FAAP I've heard great things about it on Mothering.com
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December 31st, 2010, 01:55 AM
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I try to distract Mason sometimes when I'm "nursed out". He will come over and ask for his "nuh-nuh" and I'll tell him "Let's go play so and so." It seems to work pretty well. Eating table foods has never been a problem for us or slowed down the frequency of him nursing.

And for the night weaning, I'm not much help. Mason nurses before bed and wakes one time within an hour to nurse again. He is out the rest of the night (most of the time).
He pretty much night weaned on his own. Thank goodness, it's been almost 2 years since I had a full nights sleep.
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December 31st, 2010, 06:23 AM
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I can't really help, but I can sympathize. DD turned 2 this month and is up at least 3 times a night to nurse. Last time, I think it was closer to about 6 times and the last 3-4 were in the few hours before she woke up. I think for us, she will stop nursing so much once she is in her bed all night, which we'll be working on soon. Chances are, DH will have to take over night time wakings for a while until she stops asking to nurse. I'm also hoping once my supply starts to dry up (which I think it's beginning to) she will stop asking so much.
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January 2nd, 2011, 06:23 PM
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She still nurses quite often during the day, but if I need to, I can usually distract her with something else.

Thanks for the advice......I wish she'd just start to nurse less so I wouldn't hafta think about it.
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I wish I had suggestions for you. I'm desperate to night wean! During the day I can distract her if I need to, but at night she won't give up until she nurses and screams bloody murder if DB goes in to get her.
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I wish I had suggestions for you. I'm desperate to night wean! During the day I can distract her if I need to, but at night she won't give up until she nurses and screams bloody murder if DB goes in to get her.
This is me too with Owen, 17 months old. With Leila I just kind of told her no more. She would fuss but so long as she didn't cry cry I didn't let her. Once she was escalating I would let her nurse for a few mins. It was a long process but I was pregnant and it killed me. It was the only answer I had.
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