My daughter is 18 months and still nursing A LOT!
Some days I am like AHHH...enough! But...I always give in and nurse her. And for the most part, I am still very much okay and love nursing her. However, I think around two I may not feel so positive about things anymore.
If I try to get rid of one feeding, she screams, is miserable, keeps saying "night night" because she calls my boobs night nights and reaching for them.
I, in no way, am weaning but my pediatrician thinks I should wean and just stopping would be easier on her than eliminating a feeding as it's very confusing and seemingly difficult. If I don't feed her, then at bedtime, nurse her...she acts like a ravenous. As cruel is just stopping might seem, I almost think it's kinder than removing a feeding here and then another as I feel it sends the signal "Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't."
I have tried the whole don't offer, don't refuse. It just ends up meaning, if I am not offering, I am CLEARLY refusing.
So, I am trying to figure out-- if I were to wean her in a few months...and she is still feeding like she is now...would it be better to just say "Night nights all gone." And I know people are going to say she might self wean but trust me, she is a total boob baby-- would happily nurse well into her mature toddler years I am sure.
She has NEVER taken a bottle or a paci...ONLY boobs. She drinks her ovaltine and milk during the days...but that's from her sippy cup.
Nurses to calm down, help her teeth, go to sleep, and still wakes once a night to feed.
Thanks for any musings and please don't attack me-- I am just trying to gather some thoughts. I have read numerous gentle weaning strategies but unfortunately, these don't work for my sweetie pie.