My DS is 20 months and for a lot of (difficult and long thought-out) reasons I am planning to start gradually weaning him.
I hope to have him completely weaned around his birthday in July.
I know, that's not a popular decision around here, but I'm hoping that someone who didn't do CLW could offer me some suggestions. I have a lot of anxiety, dread and worry going on right now and I am looking for some help and support. No judgement or questioning my decision please.
Just hearing anyone's experience with gently weaning a toddler who loves nursing will be so helpful to me. I'd also love to hear about successful non-nursing strategies for comforting and coping that helped your LO through it all. I don't know anyone IRL who nursed longer than a year and of course it's completely different weaning an older toddler. The only advice I keep hearing is "just cut him off"- that's not helpful at all and totally not our style.
My DS still nurses to sleep and for nap, he is nightweaned from bedtime until early in the morning but after that he is asking for milk all the time. He is ok usually if I delay and give him cuddles or distract him with a snack or something fun- so lately (indluding before bed and nap) he has been nursing about 5-6 times a day.
Should I start by eliminating one nursing session per week? Leave the nap and bedtime nursings till last? That's what I'm thinking of doing right now. Those will be the hardest to go and we have nooo experience putting DS to sleep without nursing so it will be hard for all of us. He has always been a horrible sleeper so this is pretty worrying for me.
Anyway... a little lost and in need of kind advice.