I am in the process of weaning my 13 month old. He is progressing well - We are down to 1 or two feedings (morning/night) during waking hours, but he is still waking at least 2x/night to feed. (I haven't even tried to night wean yet because I want the reduced number of day time feedings to "settle in", to become habit.)
Also, I'm confused. Everything I've read (Jay Gordon, Elizabeth Pantley, and others) say that toddlers don't need to feed at night and that nursing is just a sleep aid. However, I really think my LO is hungry (it's not JUST a comfort thing) and will wake up more often to nurse if I limit his intake at any of the sessions. Proof to me that he's hungry is when he gets more calories during the day, he nurses less frequently at night. Also, he pulls off the breast himself, and then I put him back in the crib not fully asleep.
So I've been thinking about having my DH go in when he wakes to offer him a bottle (cow's milk, like day time), but I'm also afraid that will be more disruptive and keep my LO up longer.
I don't know - I guess I'm confusing weaning with trying to get my son to STTN, and am really beginning to think that maybe they are 2 separate things and I can only do one thing at a time. So, after weaning him from the breast, I will have to wean him off the bottle to get him to STTN later?
Anybody have any thoughts or similar experiences?