Join Date: Apr 2007
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DD is 26 months. i'm not looking to wean, but i'd like to nurse LESS.
right now, on the days she's home (she's at daycare 3 x/week), she usually nurses at wake-up, a couple times before lunch, before nap, after nap, maybe one more time before dinner, and after dinner, and bed.
so that's what--8 times a day? and she usually doesnt nurse overnight (but she does sometimes) but will usually nurse once in the early morning, then again at her "final" wake-up. i'd say it's a minimum of 6 times and sometimes as many as 10 in a 24 hour period.
this is just too much for me. i'm beginning to feel like a slave to nursing. i guess i am comfortable with wake-up, before nap, maybe after nap (she wakes up groggy and nursing usually helps her mood), after dinner, and bedtime--so 4-5 times a day.
how do i go about setting this limit? do i just tell her when she is nursing, say at wake-up time, "okay, DD--remember, no more nursing till x time?"--so she knows what's coming--or do i not broach it until she asks?
today when i was nursing her post-nap, i told her (gently) no more nursing till after dinner, and she asked a couple times, but then i reminded her we would nurse after dinner, and she did fine with it--no crying or anything.
my other question is, on the days she's at daycare, it's going to be hard to hold her to fewer nursings in the evening. is that okay? can we have a different routine on those days (i.e. nurse both before AND after dinner?)? she always wants to nurse as soon as DH brings her inside the house, and i don't want to stop doing that, but it will be inconsistent with our other days.
i hope this makes sense!
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