I was thinking that if you day weaned and then the baby started getting up all night to nurse it would be harder because during the day you can provide distractions...if that makes any sense.
Proud mom of 2:
DD 5/2008 nursed for 3 years and 3 months.
DS born 8/2011 nursing like a champ
Sorry for the short responses...always, always, always NAK or holding a baby
do you have help at night?
if you have a dp or dh that can take over some night time parenting that may help.
where does your lo sleep?
some moms have had success with moving their lo away from them during the weaning process. they say their lo wakes less if they are not in the same bed or room with them.
my ds1 day weaned first and was only nursing to go to sleep at night so my dh took over the bedtime routine; bathing him, reading, books and cuddling until ds went to sleep.
my ds2 we night weaned first because I needed sleep. we continued to cosleep and I would try patting him back to sleep before letting him nurse, if he woke up enough and started actually fussing I would nurse him. It took us several months to stop nursing at night.
Proud mom of 2 boys, both weaned gradually and with love.
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We always co sleep. He sleeps in his bed at times too but still wakes up either way. I even try to walk with him in the hall so he could go back to sleep, give him water, anything, nothing helps. But my LO has never slept thru the night, even when he was nursing throughout the day. I find it way easier to day wean, because like someone else said, it's easier to distract them. But at night, he only nurses for a few minutes, as if he is using me for a pacifier *which he never took as a newborn*.
I got lucky with my son he's a good sleeper. My DD though she would wake up often. We night weaned first. When she would wake up and I knew she wasn't hungry then I'd get her back to sleep without nursing. She was night weaned before one, but I would still nurse her once if she woke up or was insisting. She did use a paci though.
For day weaning she got whole milk/breastmilk mix until we ran out and then it was whole milk in a sippy cup. She still nursed in the morning and before bed. Eventually, she just didn't want to nurse.
My son he sleeps really well so basically night weaned himself. If he wakes up upset I nurse him. If anything he's weaning himself during the day. He nurses 7am, (2 bm bottles while at work), 4 when I'm home, and 7pm. He's cut the 4pm nursing on his own. I'll try and try to get him to nurse and he refuses.
It sounds like He is reverse cycling (eating at night to make up day) or using you as a paci to go back to sleep. Are you giving him milk in the day to replace the bm?
Jennifer (30) DH (38)
DD 10/9/07 Abigail for 15 months and survived 6mos of at work.
DS Ethan 5/14/10 for almost 15mos and at school(teacher) and entire school year...10 months.
Taking a break from until my next baby...TBA.