Hi ladies...I apologize in advance if this is long. I have been advised by my daughter's GI doc and ped to wean my 15.5 month old daughter immediately...as in go away for 2-4 days. She currently nurses 2-3xs a day and 2-5 times throughout the night. She spends the first half of the night in her own room in her crib, then cosleeps with me. They are suggesting this for a number of reasons...first and foremost, she does not eat or drink well when with me. She is only eating sausage, occasionally, coconut milk yogurt, eggs, hummus and pasta. Always prefers to nurse. On top of that, she has struggled with allergies, and is still allergic to dairy, peanuts and cashews, so her diet is limited. Their thought is that she is relying on me and night nursing, therefore does not have a desire/interest to eat/drink. I am also having abdominal surgery mid november, which is another reason it has been suggested. And we have maintained her weight, but they fear she is about to start losing
weight. Now, we tried Jay Gordon's night weaning with no success. For about 4 days I cut out her midday nursing session, and she was fine temperament wise, but went 14-17 hours hardly taking any food or coconut/almond milk. (In my care). She also needs to have tubes put in her ears due to several ear infections/antibiotic resistance. Since she would be unable to eat/drink/nurse for 12 hours before, the thought was weaning her beforehand. With all this info, they feel that it would be easiest for her to quit cold turkey by me going away with my 2.5 year old and having hubby take care of her. This is so difficult and i want to do what's best for everyone...to be perfectly honest, I am also ready to wean as well. It feels like the right time. Now, I rocked her to sleep for her nap this afternoon and she cried/screamed/fussed for almost 30 minutes while I held her, but did manage to fall asleep. Would you ladies suggest I drop a feeding in this fashion every 2 days or cold turkey? Cold turkey just seems so cruel, yet I do admit, when she is away from me and in my husband's care, she will eat and drink. Thank you for your help. Any advice?