Thank you so much for everyone's support!!!
It is helpful to know that people have had success with a mix of CLW and parent-led-weaning.
I am really wanting to have DS weaned by the time he's 2 - (that's the beginning of January) or even a bit earlier than that. So, I'm cool with it taking a few months. DS is already night-weaned
: so that's one thing we don't have to do! I have been slowly trying to make it a routine for him to fall asleep without being on the boob and he's able to do that although it's a lot easier for him to do it at night than for naps. For bedtime at night, I will say, "The milkies are night night" and he'll simply roll over and tuck himself in and fall asleep. But for naps, it's usually a struggle. He can do it, but it's usually not totally tear free, so on days when I know his teeth are hurting him or he's a little more sensitive, I just let him fall asleep on the boob.
In regards to his nightweaning, the one time that he does wake up is at 4am and last night, I tried to see if I could hold him off, but he was really upset - too upset for me to let it continue, so I just nursed him and reminded myself that I won't be waking at 4am to nurse forever.
I'd love to hear more strategies and ideas on how to slowly have them nurse less. What are some things you say to your DC to explain it to them? How did you transition naps and bedtime to milk-free events? When in the process did your LO make the shift to not even being interested in nursing at all anymore?
Thanks again for all of your ideas! Like a pp said, there is only a forum for CLW, so I'm hoping I can still find some help even though I fall a bit outside of those parameters