I am desperate for advice. My daughter is 19 months old and has been nursed to sleep for every nap and bedtime. These are the only two times a day that she nurses.
I am returning to work and need to stop the naptime feeding. We want to begin trying to conceive and I am not getting my period because of breastfeeding. I am ready to wean. I loved breastfeeding, but it is time for me to stop. My daughter feels the opposite!
Crying it out does not work for us. My daughter is extremely strong-willed and will cry relentlessly. I am the only person who puts her to bed and she does not want my husband to put her to bed. If I put her in the crib, she tries to climb out. If I lay with her, she gets up and runs to the door. If I rock her standing or sitting, she arches and fights me.
I need help! I have done numerous internet searches, read books, forums, etc. I need to teach her to fall asleep without nursing. We have tried lovies, music, singing, rocking. We have a bedtime routine. I've tried limiting her nursing sessions. Even when she is almost asleep, she wakes and screams if I stop nursing her 90% of the time.
I'm desperate...please offer advice! What has worked? It breaks my heart because I know she loves nursing, but I am ready to stop and more importantly she needs to learn to fall asleep without nursing.