Today, 01:43 AM
I have been trying to wean my 18 month old gradually for the past several months. I live in Germany, and a few family members and acquaintances here have suggester going "cold turkey" by taking an extended weekend vacation and leaving the child with the father for 3-4 days. They claim that when one returns, the milk has mostly dried up and the child has gotten out of the habit. For example, my boyfriend's mother says she weaned his sister that way when she was a little over a year old.
Do you think this really works? And, if it does work, is it ok to do this or would it cause a lot of emotional trauma? I feel uneasy about it and was shocked the first time I heard it, but the sleepless nights are making her father and I consider it. I have never been away an entire night from my child. Her personality is pretty independent and outgoing, and she loves playing with papa, but still... of course it's mama she wants when she is hurt or tired! :)
Currently, I have reduced her nursings to 3 times per day: morning, afternoon after day care, and nighttime before bed. For a while she was content with this, but lately she throws horrible tantrums in the night when I say "no," and no one is getting any sleep. However, I won't go back to the way it was before when she was still nursing on demand during the night (or day). Around the time she turned a year old, the "on demand" nursing had started making me really unhappy. Changing over to the 3-times-a-day was really nice because we...