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Weaning?

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Weaning?

I’m considering starting the weaning process with my baby girl. She’s 14 months and only seems interested in nursing at night. Like, alllll night long. I’m kinda tired of being an open boobie bar. I’ve never had to wean before, my sons weaned themselves, and I’m kind of nervous! Tips? 🙂

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  1. I sent my husband into my son’s room with a bottle of pumped breast milk instead of me responding to him. He was waking to nurse out of habit instead of being truly hungry. Although we had a few unhappy nights, it didn’t take long for him to realize that mommy was not coming in and he began to sleep through the night. Of course this takes a cooperative husband who is willing to be sleep deprived for a few days and also a lot of determination on your part not to just give in and nurse!

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  2. I didn’t have to wean, either, as I was a pumping mom. (Not by choice! Thanks GERD and overactive letdown!)

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  3. Are you still co-sleeping? I weaned Ryan from night nursing (even while co-sleeping) by sleeping on my belly and just rubbing his back and singing to him when he’s wake up and whine for it… I liked being able to still be right there for him (and after that we actually moved his crib into our room at the end of our bed to adjust him to sleeping in his own space before we moved him into his own room). Rebecca (almost 18 months) just recently started sleeping through the night… I’d get up and go in her room 1 or 2 times a night to nurse (she didn’t want to cosleep)… Good luck, mama!!!

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    1. Thanks, mama! We are still co-sleeping and I’m sure she totally nurses out of comfort (not because she’s hungry) so I’m going to try rocking/patting her back to sleep!

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  4. Thanks for telling me about this site! I’m also ready to wean and have no clue where to start. I’m going to try having daddy give a bottle at night! Good luck to us!

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    1. Let us know how it goes!

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    2. I tried rocking her / patting her back when she woke up but she fussed for a while and I gave in. Sigh. Will try again tonight!

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  5. Becca I feel your pain. I co sleep with mine as well and had to wean both due to lots of pain after I got pregnant again. I brought a sippy cup of water to bed with us and every time they wanted to nurse I handed them the water. It took a few nights and me getting hit in head with the cup a few times but both now sleep though night and if they wake up drink water go back to sleep.

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