I knew I wanted to wean my daughter sometime during this pregnancy, but was not sure how/when it would happen. She is 2 years and 7 months. She was a hard core nurser, including nighttime. In somewhat desperation I allowed her to go with my husband for 4 days to visit family without me. Our first overnight separation! She seemed ready and happy about it. I thought she might wean or begin weaning and it wasn't happening otherwise, plus I could really use some alone time.
It worked out. She came home happy to see me, but not desperate. I told her the milk was all gone. I let her nurse one last time to see there was no milk. She asked for it for a week or so.
Naptime and bedtime were challenging at first as she had never fallen asleep in bed without nursing. I held the line, gently, and cuddled her and rubbed her back. And had faith she would/could fall asleep without nursing. She woke 2 times the first night, I gave her water and she went back to sleep. Now 2 weeks later she is napping and going to bed relatively easily. We still cosleep so the intimacy and connection is always there if she needs it. And if she cries or moans in her sleep I rub her back. But she doesn't wake during the night! She sleeps 8-10 hours a night uninterrupted. She sleeps way better than I do! Lol.
I just wanted to share this success story, because I wasn't sure how it would turn out and I am so glad I took the leap.