Today, 08:58 AM
I'm a new member of LLL so hoping to get lots of support! My dd is 13 months old and we did EBF up to 6 months and BLW & BF from then on. I plan on starting to wean her soon. My ultimate goal was to reach 12 months bf which I'm really pleased I managed to do, then I planned on gradually weaning her before the end of this year (which I've now pushed back until she's 18 months to give me more time). I love bf'ing her but at the same time I do feel it's the right time to initiate the weaning process. Trouble is, it fills me with dread! She has never taken a dummy nor has she ever been attached to any kind of comforter and I dread the thoughts of taking away what has become her comforter, security etc, and neither myself nor my OH will allow her to cry. I need to do this as gradual and gentle as possible and any tips from you ladies would be greatly appreciated.
She currently feeds 4 times during the day (morning, both naps to sleep and before bed). She's been waking for about 5-6 feeds a night since mid June and before that she usually did 3-4 feeds a night (she's never been a great sleeper). She won't settle for anyone else, nor will she sleep without breast. I wondered if I should start by trying to get her to nap without boob during the day and take it from there. I've tried her with cows milk over the past 2 weeks and she spits it out!
Thank you x