Re: Please share your weaning story
At 10.5 months, DD was nursing around 12 times per day. I partially night-weaned her, going from 5-8 feedings/night to 1. It took 3 nights of me popping her into her crib nursed, warm, changed, and AWAKE, and then listening to her cry with rage while I comforted her without using the breast, before she consented to a sleep schedule I could tolerate.
As time went on and DD got interested in solids, we dropped a lot of feeds. At 18 months, we were down to 4 feeds a day- morning, nap, bedtime, and 3 a.m.. While visiting my parents, I asked my mom to take DD for me during the morning so I could sleep in. (I my mom!!!) DD was so excited to go and play with grandma that she forgot all about the morning feed. It only took a week.
At 2 years, DD was nursing 3 times a day when I weaned her from her last night feeding, which was a brief one and usually took place between 3 and 6 a.m.. It took about a month of me sleeping in her room and comforting her when she woke before she accepted that night-nursing was over.
At 2.5 years, DD was nursing 2 times/day. She dropped another feed- the nap feed- because she stopped napping.
We were down to 1 feeding per day except when DD was sick- then she boosted her demand back up again.
At 3 years, 2 months, DD suddenly started to prefer cuddles and stories from papa to nursing before bed. She has nursed maybe 10 times since she suddenly made that choice, and at this point I consider her weaned, even though I still have a little bit of milk and even though I will nurse her if she asks for it.
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