Breastfeeding has been an incredibly essential and special bonding time between Brydie and I. I absolutely love nursing her!
I was her full time pacifier until she turned 2. At that time I was definitely needing to cut back as it seemed to be happening all day and all night! I put my foot down and told her "twice a day..nap time and bed time" (and of course still through the night). Using distractions such as different snacks and games, she responded quickly and wonderfully!!
So for the past 6 months breastfeeding has been very part time for us. nap time, bed time and about 3-4 times in the night. (this part has of course never been fun )
I've now come to a place where I am no longer happy waking up to nurse her in the night and i'm wondering if its time to wean her completely. I will miss it but I do feel we've put in our time. Her father and i are going on our honeymoon this December and we'll be leaving her with my parents for 3 nights (i already miss her) so she certainly has to be onto this whole sleeping through the night delio (you know what every OTHER baby/toddler is doing apparently )
and now the question..... ok, how?!
last night was the first night i refused to give her the breast in the night. i sang to her, offered to hold her hand, tried to cuddle her.. not a happy camper! she cried and cried and refused to sleep. we ended up not going back to bed after 4am.
she's on my breast now napping. I think my plan of action is to allow the nursing at nap time and then to go to sleep at night, but not in the night. and then in a couple weeks take away another nursing time etc.
or is it better to go cold turkey?
my plan of action for the night nurses: I've introduced her to Molly, a little dog which is now her sleeping buddy. ive never before wanted to attach herself to any "thing" but i feel she needs a replacement of some sort. I'll explain to her that in the night when she wakes up she can have a sip of water and cuddle Molly. She can cuddle me too as long as she doesn't keep trying to undress me!
My parents wonder if having a snack for her might help as well.. something she'll really enjoy like a nutritious cookie. but im not too sure about in the night.. maybe before she goes to bed.
I don't think she'll suddenly be starving in the night a im not really producing too much milk.. she never gulps it back the way she used to and i don't get "full" anymore. It's just a comfort thing and the one way she knows how to get to sleep.
I am begging you all for some suggestions!! I am EXHAUSTED and dreading tonight VERY much!
Thank you in advance!