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post #21 of 32

my 3.5yo nurses to sleep, and even though he's not really drinking anymore, he isn't showing any signs of giving it up- on the contrary, he seems to suck with more determination than ever.  i feel like the diminished supply has led to a lot more night-waking, since he hasn't been falling asleep on a full belly, so i've been trying to give him a drink of water at night before bedtime.

 

i'm just so thankful that nursing hasn't been as painful as it was in my last 2 pregnancies.  i would be in tears each night, it hurt so badly.  it's certainly uncomfortable, but for now, i'm still really grateful to have the connection with him.  we'll see how i feel down the road!

post #22 of 32

Ds3 was only nursing to sleep or when he was scared. Now it seems like he wants to nurse all the time & he has a complete melt down when I say no.  It almost makes me want to wean, especially since I'm soooo sore again.

post #23 of 32

I definitely want to wean my daughter before the baby comes due to her temperament.  She will be 3 in October, and that's my loose goal date for weaning.  We're down to nursing just (1) to fall asleep at nap time if we're home that day, and (2) before bed, but she falls asleep on her own afterward.  I'm not sure how I'm going to smoothly get over the next weaning hurdles.  The other day I almost left her room without nursing, but then she caught me and asked and I did.  And I don't know how to change nursing before naps.  It's such a ritual and I don't have the energy to be out and about every day until she's tired enough to fall asleep in the car.  I am dry or almost dry on one side though, according to her conflicting reports.  I though that might make me sad, but instead I'm feeling proud of her for being such a big girl.  That helps me know I'm ready for weaning, and I think she's getting close.

post #24 of 32
The good news is, my son decided to nightwean himself. He hasn't night nursed in almost a month.

I went back to work two weeks ago, and since then, he wants to nurse ALL the time when he's awake and I'm home. We're seriously back to 5-6 times a day between 5pm and 8:30pm. But even though my breast soreness is still pretty bad, I'm not unhappy with this increase. It's really sweet to be able to share this time with him. Sometimes I think about the day when he really weans and I want to cry. Silly, but there you go...

My milk went away but seems to be back already. Weird. I can definitely feel letdowns again and hear milk going down his throat when he nurses. Maybe just through the sheer frequency of his events.

Kinda looking forward to trying to tandem nurse if he's still going when this baby is born, especially if I don't have to do it at night.
post #25 of 32

My 2yo dd is nursing less and less. I'm 15 weeks along.   I think my milk is gone, but I'm not sure.  It is very painful.  Some nights I have slept in a separate bed and put dd in with DP or her 7yo sister just to get a break and let my nipples heal a little.  Dd sleeps through the night without me, but wakes several times to nurse when we co-sleep... I'm thinking of making a more permanent arrangement with her to co-sleep with 7yo dd.

post #26 of 32

Woohoo on the night weaning coldandsleepy!  I feel like my ds is moving in that direction, but very slowly.  I really, really want him to be night weaned by Jan though.  

 

 I feel like you coldandsleepy, when I think of him weaning it makes me sad. . .I know will be so bittersweet when it happens.  We'll see how it all goes.  DH was acting like he wanted me to wean recently and I got really pissed at this and he hasn't mentioned it since.  But I think bottom line is he really wants ds to sttn. . .and I'm not sure that has anything to do with weaning. 

 

Anyway, we're still going strong. ds was sick this week and wanted to nurse constantly!  I definitely have less milk now, although he is un-phased by this and my soreness leveled off a bearable point. 

post #27 of 32

coldandsleepy- how did nightweaning look for you guys? You said he weaned himself. Do you co-sleep? Did you do anything different at nights? I've been trying to get DS back to sleep w/o nursing, but he's pretty adamant about nursing. I would love to nightwean, but in my heart I know I'm not strong(?) enough to do it yet.

 

kismetbaby- DH has mentioned weaning (before the new LO comes) a few times, but when I ask him for help (like trying to break the nurse at night cycle, he doesn't do anything. He thinks I need to wean him during the day first... when he's not at home..hah! He is definitely sending me mixed signals on how he feels about us still BF! We really need to sit down and hash it out soon. I know DS is not ready to wean, and while I have my days (well mostly nights) where I think it would be nice, I know I'm not ready yet either.

 

BennyPai- I've been thinking of trying to sleep in another room to see what happens in a few months. That's interesting that she will STTN if you are not there, but not if you are there. I don't think DS will go for it right now, but hopefully we will be ready in a few months.

post #28 of 32
Thread Starter 

Nightweaning for us only occurred because my milk is non-existent.  He seriously stopped waking all the time for a snack.  Now he sleeps allll night long and wakes at +/-6a for me to drop off a bottle of whole milk and *beg* for another hour of sleep...the extra sleep usually doesn't work though!

 

My kid used to ask to nurse all.the.time. and now *sometimes* asks once a day.  There is just no way that he'll still be nursing when the newb shows up.

post #29 of 32
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Originally Posted by AfricanQueen99 View Post

Nightweaning for us only occurred because my milk is non-existent.  He seriously stopped waking all the time for a snack.  Now he sleeps allll night long and wakes at +/-6a for me to drop off a bottle of whole milk and *beg* for another hour of sleep...the extra sleep usually doesn't work though!

 

My kid used to ask to nurse all.the.time. and now *sometimes* asks once a day.  There is just no way that he'll still be nursing when the newb shows up.



I need to remember to try to listen to see if he's actually drinking anything at night. I do try to pry him off gently to see if he will fall back alseep sooner, but he will move my hand away from his mouth if he's not ready to unlatch. He will eventually roll over and snuggle w/ DH when he's done. I've been very cranky about it lately, and I need to just enjoy it... it won't last forever right (and he's still little in so many ways)!

 

post #30 of 32

I'm 14 weeks now and I'm pretty sure my milk is all but gone. DD doesn't seem to mind at all and just keeps on nursing. Probably not quite as often as pre-pregnancy, but it might also be because it's summer and we're running around like crazy. My only problem has been nighttime. She nightweaned about 6 months ago (with my help, but she was obviously ready for it), but still nursed to sleep every night. She's still nursing to sleep at night, but she's not getting much. She wakes up a few hours later wanting "moo-cow" (which is what we call cow's milk) or juice or water. In an LLL meeting it was recommended to me to give her a high protein snack right before I brush her teeth at night, but I haven't tried it so far because we've been eating dinner late. I'm going to try it over the next few days though.

 

Any other things you gals are doing to supplement your milk drying up?

post #31 of 32

I have one of those avid nursers, was hn kids. Now she is gettign eye teeth and we're moving cross country in two weeks. she nurses ALL.NIGHT.LONG and two night ago i didnt sleep till 5 am. But when i lost it and wouldn't nurse her again after just nursing she cried and screamed for an hour before dh got ehr to sleep then she sobbed in her sleep for hours. It's not a good time, I'm just going to suck it up. I know my kid, and unfortunately I am not sure if she is even nightweanable, I wish she were mellower...the more i refuse, the more she will want it. I did see some awesome gentle suggestions my friends have used from dr. jay gordon. if you google "dr. jay gordon weaning" you'll get the article. good luck mamas.

post #32 of 32
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by lactatinggirl View Post

Any other things you gals are doing to supplement your milk drying up?
Just giving cow's milk.

I've been letting him ask me when he wants to nurse, but he went a few days without request so I asked him last night before bed if he'd like to nurse and he shook his head no. greensad.gif Broke my heart! My tandem dreams are dead. At least I can be proud of our 18 months and live under the illusion that he's in control of stopping.
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