Re: Conflicted About Changing Nursing Relationship
I really wanted to wait until DS was close to 2 before getting pregnant, partly because of our nursing relationship. When I got pregnant right about the time he turned two, he was nursing probably 8 times/24 hours (definitely still night nursing). Some things have changed for us, but I think we are both okay with it. I limit nursing when it hurts too much by counting to 10, and then he comes off without complaint. I had to start nursing on both sides b/c of an immediate supply drop and he got frustrated with the lack of milk and started biting (always been an issue for us). I started to be more intentional about giving drinks and snacks. I started giving him a drink of water during the night before nursing, then again after I removed him if he wanted to nurse more (so far, this has worked great). We started giving him a more substantial snack before bed. He has started sleeping in his own bed 6-8 hours before wanting to nurse at night (before, it was closer to 4). So, yes, he is weaning, but it is gradual and we're both okay with it. It's a dance, but that's what weaning should be. You might read How Weaning Happens if you haven't already. I really appreciated the perspective it gave me on the subject.
DS 1/2006 9 lb. 2 oz. 22 in.
DD 10/2008 8 lb, 2 oz. 20 in.