I return to work in 2 months. My 10.5month old son has become used to falling asleep at the breast over the last 2 months. I had been careful to have him fall asleep in a variety of ways until then, but once teeth came in and solid foods led to tummy troubles, I have used it freely for comfort. Come to think of it, even just one month ago he became very used to falling asleep on daddy's chest, to the point where that is how he fell asleep on me in the evening! Maybe the history is shorter than I think!
We bedshare, and I look forward to continuing to breastfeed in the evenings and over night (well, ok, a little nervous but we have decided this is how we want to parent right now). We won't change our evening and night-time parenting unless it becomes a challenge.
How can I sensitively and gradually wean to the bottle over the next two months? The two challenges I see are:
1. falling asleep at the breast (short history so perhaps not as bad as I think. However, he is at the age and has the temperament that he really really lets me know when he is angry and upset about not having his expectations met.
2. Transition to expressed breast milk during day. I feed liberally and on demand.
I have read Elizabeth Pantley's No Cry Sleep Solution and will re-read it with the 'falling asleep at the breast' focus now.
However, any suggestions from other moms who have returned to work would be terrific.
Thank you in advance! I will search the archives as well, since this cannot possibly be a unique situation!!!
Heather (and baby Andrew)