Norah (22 months) has been nursing when she wakes up, down for her midday nap and to sleep at night for about the past 6 months. She was nursing 6 to 8 times a day about 6 months ago (or whenever Shelly says, b/c I did come to the forum talking about setting limits.) Maybe it wasn't that long ago, maybe it was a little longer, either way moving from 6 to 8 sessions down to 3 per day was relatively easy. She only cried two or three times and I distracted her with play or a cup of water or a snack and we moved on.
She does ask to nurse from time to time in addition to those three times, and I remind her that it's not bedtime yet. She forgets about it and we move on.
I just feel like I am done. I'm over it. I'm PMSing and my nipples hurt just like they did during pregnancy every single time I go through PMS and I really wonder if that is nature's way of sending a signal to nursing mothers, saying, "you know what, it's time." The pain has to be indicative of something.
She did just start school last week, so I won't yank her off just yet. As a side note, I'd like to report that all is going way better than we could have dreamed in that department.
My plan is maybe in another two weeks, drop the first morning session. Three weeks later, drop the midday session. And on her second birthday, I will nurse her to sleep for the last time. Does that sound too harsh? I promise you she's not getting much milk anymore....there's lots of sucking but hardly any swallowing and it takes me like 10 minutes just to let down.
When she was a newborn, she just had to open her mouth to latch on and I had milk spraying EVERYWHERE. Times have changed.
She's a great eater, drinks plenty of water and juice (organic and 50% water) and if I wait for this child to self-wean, it will not be happening anytime soon.