Right now I feel like the only person in the world who has night nursed my daughter for 2.5 years. Though we put her in her own room at 21 months, I still have co-slept with her for much of the night nursing on and off at least twice if not 10 times a night. Recently, I finally decided that for my own health and her potty training and sleep needs, it was time to nightwean. I have also nursed her almost every night of her life, if not to sleep than during the going to sleep process.
Anyway, we have made it 4 nights of me rocking her to sleep without any nursing and then 2 nights so far of no nursing at night "until the sun comes up" which has been 6:30am for us (though the sun is not quite out but it is as late as I wanted push it). I have to say that I am less frustrated after putting her to sleep. I feel less drained (so far) and it is such a pleasure to nurse her in the morning when I actually have milk! I haven't felt the fullness of milk in maybe 6 months and finally the morning after our first full night of no nursing, I really had milk!
My daughter has taken to it quite well, though not necessarily happily. She is very happy at 6:30am when it is time to nurse again and we both enjoy those few morning hours together. I don't think it has affected her much during the day but the nights have slightly more crying than before, but no more than a few minutes.
My husband has helped out getting her back to sleep in the middle of the night (only once each night so far), but tonight is Sunday and he says he'll only do anything before 2am even if she doesn't awaken until 3:30. Oh well. The first night I got up with her for a second night waking at 3:30 and it took me 1.5 hours to get her in the bed without waking her as she won't let me lie next to her without nursing so I have to rock her back to sleep and then figure out how the middle of the night transfers work best. My husband can just lie next to her and sing Old McDonald and she is alseep in 5 minutes.
I'm proud of what we have accomplished so far as I am feeling good about it and I think it is the road we have to take for mommy to be healthy, for daughter to sleep better, and for us to get on the path to a hopeful child #2. My husband doesn't understand how big of a deal this is for both my daughter and I, so I feel sort of alone in this though he has been helpful.
Any other mamas out there who didn't night wean until 2.5 years?? Anyone who can relate to this strange feeling? Both proud and anxious/a little sad to let go and feeling a little sad for my daughter to let go of this thing she loves so much. Though the fact that we are still nursing in the morning (and sometimes at naptime) keeps us connected and keeps her happy knowing that she can still nurse. I wanted it all to happen more naturally, but we have had to force it a little.
Any responses would be welcomed to feel a little less alone in this.