Not sure about weaning
I'm sure this post has been written a million times, but I just feel like I need a place to "talk" about this. I am feeling really torn about weaning. I work full time, so DS is mostly day-weaned. He's about 17 months old now, and is healthy and happy. He has never slept though the night. He usually wakes up between 2 and 6 times each night, and I nurse him back to sleep. I also nurse him to fall asleep initially.
He loves nursing. Loves it. He is definitely not ready to wean. Me, on the other hand... I don't know. Sometimes, I am feeling worn out (probably due to lack of sleep) and I wish that he could sooth himself to sleep in another way. Most of the time though, I do like it.. and I am not really ready for this chapter to end. My DH has been saying that we should try to wean soon; he feels that DS is getting too old and that we need to get him to fall asleep w/o nursing. I agree with him about the falling asleep part; it would be awesome if DS could sleep w/o me.
The biggest problem is that I am too tired in the middle of the night to try to night wean. It's so much easier to just shove a boob in his mouth!
I'm trying to figure out if night weaning will reduce the night wakings, or if that won't make any difference. Does anyone have experience with that?
I have always been very attentive in the middle of the night, probably too much so, and now DS expects it and needs it. It's going to take a lot of effort to night wean... especially since he wakes up so much!
I am so jealous of the people who have babies that sleep.
Mommy to Alex, born 2/27/11