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August 9th, 2009, 03:56 PM
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Maica is coming up 21 months and i'm still nightfeeding her... 1-3 or more times a night, will she night wean herself? is there an average time for this?
I'm getting tired of my evening/night being in sections between feeds. if i was to initiate night weaning how would i do it? if i refuse her she just starts sobbing
any advice would be great.

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August 9th, 2009, 04:44 PM
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Billy didnt really night wean until past 2 1/2 although he was down to once a night generally. He did just gradually cut down on his own, as if he woke completely up there was no other way of getting him back to sleep.
Wish I could be more help, I know how exhausting it is.
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August 9th, 2009, 05:06 PM
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Jonah night weaned starting around that age but it took a couple of months. Mostly I just discouraged & offered his binky & sometimes it worked, most times not & then all of a sudden it seems it did work & it was a matter of maybe a few weeks that he went from dropping one waking to dropping them all. I think at 20 months he was waking at least 3-4x a night still & by two he was not waking me at all anymore. Now we seem to be back to waking at least once, but it seems to be nightmares or something else & he rarely asks to nurse when he does wake.
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August 9th, 2009, 06:21 PM
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kellymom.com :: Are you feeling overwhelmed by your child's intense needs?

There are days it feels like they will NEVER wean doesn't it? I was just going through these feelings myself. I try to tell myself that one day I'll miss this even though that's the last thing it feels like sometimes. I have read anytime after two they start weaning themselves but I've also read sometimes three. If you can hang in there, I would encourage you to try. Maybe try reading something like Mothering Your Nursing Toddler? (If your library doesn't have it, your local LLL group likely will and will lend it to you even if you don't have a membership.) Hopefully some of those links might help too. Let us know what's working for you and what's not.

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August 10th, 2009, 01:47 AM
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Thanks for those links Michelle!
I think i'm just being too impatient, as she'll get there in the end, i don't mind feeding her to sleep but i crave time for me in the evenings and get frustrated when she wants me to feed her back to sleep again! She won't go to sleep any otherway, ...though we're working on a back tickle with DH.
I guess before i had her i would've expect her to sleep through at 6 months (LOL) and then to still be night feeding at nearly two is a shock!
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I'm just as shocked about it all too hon ~ LOL!
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