I need some advice on reducing my 17-month-old’s night nursing. Between 01:00 (when I went to bed) and 06:00 (when I got up) this morning, he woke 4 times to nurse. I would estimate that he nursed for 20-30 minutes each of those times. I try to sleep through the nursing but it is vain; I’m just at the point in my pregnancy where I CAN’T. This nursing pattern is pretty typical, since my return to school.
I know there are some compounding factors: I am in a very rigorous school program that requires me to be gone most of the day, so I know he is reverse cycling. I am also almost 17w pregnant, and think my milk supply is very low (and KNOW that it tastes terrible). We co-sleep, most nights he starts the night in bed with his brother. If he awakens before I’m in bed, he and my husband cuddle (sometimes I will nurse him back to sleep, and sometimes he is satisfied with Daddy cuddles).
I don’t want him to stop night nursing. I know he needs it still. But, I also need some sleep. So, I would like to cut back his nursing (and possibly duration). However, for me at least, that is easier said than done!
His older brother had stopped night nursing at this point, on his own and spontaneously. I tandem nursed them for a year, but Carter just never needed to nurse at night after 16-months-old or so. So, I am hoping someone can over suggestions! Please!!!