Night weaning question

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Registered: 09-03-2011
Night weaning question
Fri, 09-16-2011 - 1:53am

Hi there.

I am currently working on night weaning and although we are making great progress we still have a couple nights that my Son wakes up and the only thing that works to get him back to sleep is to nurse! I dont know what else to try. Ive done rocking, bringing him back to bed w me, giving him a few min to fall back to sleep, a sippy cup, everything I can think of! Any suggestions? I start to feel quilty and usually give in so I know that is

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Registered: 02-04-2008
Fri, 09-16-2011 - 10:44am

I know what you're going through and I wish I could say there is an easy route. When I night weaned DD, I tried all of the standard advice about offering water, gradually reducing the duration of feeding, etc. and nothing worked. It all that just seemed to confuse her and make it worse. I ended up just picking a night when I was "well rested" (ha, as if there is such a thing with a toddler) and dealing with the fallout. I held her, rocked her, kissed her, hugged her and loved her for almost 4 hours--4 hours of screaming and crying. It was heartbreaking, I won't lie. She was more mad than anything, but when your little one is upset and you are the cause, it's tough. I think I even remember posting about it here!

The good news is it really only took one night for her to get over it. Not that she didn't crab a little on the following nights, but we only had the one night of complete meltdown. If you decide to go this route just stay strong and know that it will be okay.

 BabyFetus Ticker
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Registered: 06-02-2010
Fri, 09-16-2011 - 10:06pm
I called in Dad... our nursling knew no matter what there was no milk to be found there so they had an easier time of it. It only took a few nights of readjusting his clock and getting in the new schedule of sleeping through the night.

During those nights I hid, outta sight outta mind worked for us.
Lilypie Pregnancy tickers
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Registered: 08-16-2004
Fri, 09-16-2011 - 11:18pm
With one child I just patted him on the back until he fell back to sleep but I never let him all out cry. This method took quite a long time. With the next child I sent in dad. It goes better when they can't smell your milk. It's like teasing them knowing the milk is right there and they can't have it.
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Registered: 09-03-2011
Sat, 09-17-2011 - 2:02am

Thanks ladies!

I have tried the bottom/back patting but even if I go in there at his first little cry he usually is standing and gets super mad when I lay him down again! I like the idea of sending Daddy in there so maybe we can hold off on pushing the weaning until daddy gets home.

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Registered: 06-01-2004
Mon, 09-19-2011 - 1:29am
I am glad that you have gotten some great advice on here from the other ladies...I was terrible at night weaning - took me 2 years for both our boys lol nothing to add - just some support :) good luck!!!!
Hugs, Jasmine