Any suggestions on what to do with a child who eats little during the day and wants to nightfeed even though mama wants to nightwean?
DS is 18 mo and always nurses before bed. I don't have so much a problem with that as the fact that most nights he's waking and wants to nurse after being asleep for about 3 hours. Our family needs our sleep (DH is tired all the time at work) and I am 3 mo pg, am always tired too, and now nipples are becoming really sore. I tried to find the Dr. Jay Gordon nightweaning article, but can't seem to find it on his website. Perhaps someone knows where I could locate it online. We haven't tried refusing the boob just yet. I wanted to read up a little first. I did think of giving him a snack or drink when he wakes but I just don't think he'll be all that happy with that. The other night I tried holding off giving him the boob (just to see if he'd go back to sleep) and he would not have any of that! It was only 10 min but he was FURIOUS. I've tried rocking him to sleep, sometimes it works, other times it doesn't. Sometimes I get him to sleep, lay him back down in the crib and he stirs and wakes again screaming. I'm not all that patient with him (or anyone!!) during the middle of the night and get frustrated easily and end up boobing him anyway. I have thought about giving him a bottle, but honestly he hasn't had a bottle for about 13 mo now so I don't really want to start it now.
Most of his problem is that he eats like a bird during the day and I think he really is hungry more than half the time he nightwakes. We give him a snack 1/2 hr before bed hoping to fill the belly up. Sometimes he sleeps all night, others not.
Hoping someone else has "been there, done that" and has some help to offer!