My daughter has become a reluctant nurser. Our nursing has dwindled down to 5-10 minute sessions, morning and night, over the past couple of months. And the last couple of nights DD has refused to nurse. She latches on and off and cries. When I ask her if she wants to nurse she says "no". Regardless, I keep putting her to the breast each night and each night it is the same scenario. She just wants her blanky and her crib so she can go to sleep for the night. In the morning, when she is still drowsy, she'll nurse for maybe 5 minutes, then she is up and ready to start her day.
Is this self-weaning? I read somewhere that the ages when self-weaning normally happens are 12 months, 18 months and 24 months. Or could this be a strike, which I understand is a complete refusal, so I'm thinking not likely.
I guess I should be overjoyed she is becoming the independent little soul I wanted her to be. I've always nursed on demand, even when it was endless and every hour. I tell myself I am continuing to NOD even now, only difference is the demand is no longer there. But I am a little sad that this stage in our relationship is ending. Especially when I wanted to go longer, to at least two years.
What should I do now? Don't offer, but don't refuse? What if she goes on like this for a week or two and then decides she wants to nurse again, will my supply still be up for it?
Thanks in advance for your guidance during this very confusing time.