About 3 weeks ago I night-weaned by 18 month old DS. It was easier than I thought it would be and I'm loving the better sleep we are both getting. The first week he was still asking a few times in the night but when I said, "Not right now, you have to wait until the morning," he would go right back to sleep. He'd forget to ask in the morning (which had never been our routine anyway) and so was eating breakfast better. He's never been much of a breakfast eater, which I began to think was because he had been nursing all night and was full. So the new routine seemed to be going well. I got used to going from 8 pm to 5 pm the next day without nursing at all (he's in daycare during the day so if he didn't ask to nurse in the morning he'd go this long time). On the weekends he was back to his normal asking to nurse a handful of times throughout the day. Last week we were home for the holidays and he began asking to nurse CONSTANTLY. Like more than once an hour, and pretty much every time I pick him up even if it's just to put him in the car seat or carry him out the front door. He had a stomach bug that week so I wondered if that had something to do with it, and I figured the extra breastmilk would help him kick it, so I let him nurse quite a bit even though it seemed extreme to me. But this week we're back to our normal work/daycare routine, the stomach bug is gone, and he's still asking constantly when we're together (except at night when he sleeps well now).
Just wondering what could be going on, and how best to handle it. I'd like to be able to have him wait longer between nursing but in many situations I don't have a particular thing I can hang the waiting on (e.g. at night I tell him he has to wait until morning and when we're commuting on the bus I tell him he has to wait until we get home).
His constant requests for milk might be an attempt to increase a dropping supply.
Nice your night weaning went so smoothly.
I would let him nurse as often as he wants on weekends. Like others said he might miss his mama or he might be trying to make up for the lack in certain vitamins he may not be getting from food alone.
DH 31; Me 30; DD 6; DS 1; Baby boy due Dec 17th
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