hello, I am currently breastfeeding my 13 month old and think I may be able to help you...
at 12 pounds, they are old enough to sleep through the night without nursing. (i.e 5 hours) I put mine to bed at 8pm after the last nursing, and topped him off at 11pm before I went to bed. Then don't nurse until the morning when they get up...if they cry, tell them it's ok, and pat their back and say nite nite. They will continue to nurse through the night if you let them, out of habbit, not hunger. I hope that helps. Ours has been sleeping through the night with no 11pm feedings, no night wakings, for 6 months now. I think it would be really hard if you co-sleep, b/c they will keep bugging you...how in the world do you get any rest? best of luck, and congrats for bf for so long. Is it just me, or do you guys get a lot of slack for ebf? I am the butt of a lot of jokes..like "is he 8 yet and still on your boob" ???QUOTE]
I personally don't think that this is true. Yeah, I know you can get these sorts of numbers from books, studies, etc but really, where is that data coming from? FF children? There is no way "studies" can truely accurately measure the caloric intake of a BF baby. My boobs don't come with oz measurements on them and even if they did, the fat content of BM intake can vary so much that this wouldn't be accurate anyway.
In any case, you may have an unusually efficient daytime nurser. Not all BF babies are this way, some have a more difficult time getting enough calories during the daytime. There is no way my 18lb, 7 mo dd could get enough calories from daytime feedings alone unless I spent the whole day sitting in bed nursing. If you've ever had the experience of trying to push a child into something that they aren't ready for you can probably understand the phrase "one step forward, two steps back." One simple fact of bfing is that you can lead 'em to the boob but you can't make 'em drink. I believe that if a person has a child who is easily consoled by other means than that child is ready
for night weaning. If not, then the child isn't ready and pushing is going to be counter productive.
|I have never heard of a kid quitting eating just because you wouldn't let them eat at one time.
Probably true, but night weaning can lead to a big supply drop. Maybe not a big deal for an older toddler but it could be a problem for a younger toddler. Some kiddos may compensate by nursing more during the day but others might not.