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February 2nd, 2016, 09:20 AM
Sarah Marie's Avatar Mom to Leiland and Owen
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Middle TN, Born and raised in MI
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HI there. I have a 22 month old I am beyond ready to wean. Ive been ready for months. He seemed to be just about done and then started nursing more as I tried to pull back. My first weaned cold turkey so easily and to have him refusing to stop I feel kinda stuck. With now being pregnant again I just want to be done. Im too nauseous to have him climbing all over me in the morning.

So he usually only nurses if he wakes in the night or first thing in the morning. He's waking a bit right now because of teething and because of the flu. So once those things pass I plan to try and wean. Again.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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February 8th, 2016, 09:56 PM
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I have no intention of weaning my son (20 months) during the day anytime soon, but I was SO ready to night wean! He used to sleep great and rarely woke me up to nurse in the middle of night. If he did he just needed to be on my boob for a minute and then he'd roll off and fall back asleep.

But then he started waking up more and more, nursing for longer, and I'd have a really hard time getting him off my boob. So I decided one night no more nursing at night, period.

I think the #1 thing is to be consistent. Before I made my firm decision I had told him no during the night every now and again but would give in pretty quickly after enough tears. Once my decision to night wean was solid I knew I had to say no every single time, no matter how much I wanted to avoid a fight. So before he went to bed I explained to him this was the last time we were nursing until morning when the sun comes up. I said it over and over. I told him when he does wake in the night we can cuddle and sing instead. The first two nights were okay, the second night was much harder than the first. But after crying for a minute or two he would accept my offer to comfort him in another way like cuddling or singing. In the morning I make a really big deal, act super happy, show him that it is light out, say the word morning five million times, and tell him he can nurse as much as he wants now.

He stopped asking for milk in the middle of the night after night two. Now he immediately comes over to snuggle me when he wakes and puts himself back to sleep. He doesn't ask for milk until it is light out. He is sick and stuffy right now which has been messing up his sleep so I'm curious to see how much he will wake still when this cold passes.

Good luck mama! You just have to go into it completely ready for a rough few days and remember to be firm and consistent! Weaning is hard, but so is nursing when you're totally over it.
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