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"Spring Forward" and Weaning toddlers

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Background:  I'm still trying to completely nightwean my 2 1/2 year old twin girls.  It's been a long process, but I'm on the final stage of giving up the 5am feeding.  I'm trying to decide if it's a good idea to give up the feeding when daily savings time ends, as then they would be getting up at 6am and not 5am.  When I tried to delay their feedings before, they would wait until 5am, but then would get up for the day at that time.  Then I went back to nursing them back to sleep and they get up around 6 or 6:30 for the day.  So far in the weaning process I've given up nightfeedings altogether and they are down to 3 nursings a day:  5am, noon and 7pm.  I wouldn't mind child-led weaning, but since one of my daughters had major dental work done partically because of night-nursing, I want to completely wean them at night.  And I'm afraid that if I don't completely wean them that they won't stop asking for that early morning nursing session. 

 

Questions:  If you led the weaning process, what nursing sessions did you give up first, second, last, etc?  And how long did you wait before eliminating another session?  I first cut out nightfeedings (which took a few months) and then I've been eliminating one day-session per week for the last 2 weeks.  The girls have been getting more clingy though and I'm hoping they are adjusting ok to not getting as much Mommy-milk time.  What are some things you did to help with that transition?  I wanted to eliminate some more feedings in the day (maybe noon?) before eliminating the morning session, but thought it might be a good opportunity with daily savings ending.  What do you think?   

 

Thanks,

Sarah Joy

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Just in case anyone wonders.  I did end up weaning the girls from their morning feeding at the time change and they started waking up at 6am.  A hard few weeks, but I've completely weaned them now!  It took about 6 weeks from start to finish, cutting out one feeding per week.  They are not that happy about it still, but are doing fine.  I am still engorged, but it's getting better.  Hard to believe I'm done with my nursing career as a mom!

 

Sarah Joy

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