Night Weaning--So Far So Good

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Night Weaning--So Far So Good
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Mon, 06-27-2011 - 10:26am

It an attempt to coax AF out of hiding, I've been working on night weaning. I'm pleased to say that it seems DD is going to survive. LOL The first night was really rough but it's been getting better and better since then. The last couple of nights she's only woken up once and has gone back down in 10-15 minutes with just a bit of bouncing and rocking. She doesn't seem to be burrowing around trying to nurse anymore, which is good. We're both sleeping better and she seems none the worse for wear. I think it was a bigger deal in my head than anything else.

I'm still waiting for my first PP AF but I met briefly with my MW today and she was encouraging, saying that I was on the right track with reducing my nursing sessions and hopefully that will trigger it. I am just so anxious to get the ball rolling!!! Argh!

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Wed, 06-29-2011 - 2:54am
Good work mama :) I think that your midwife is right - keep it up slow and steady and at a rate that works for both you and your little girly. You are getting close to the time when many women get AF back on their own - around 14 - 15 months on average from what I have read. Hang in there - she will come back and you can get back to the business of making a baby !
Hugs, Jasmine
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Registered: 06-22-2011
Thu, 06-30-2011 - 1:30pm
Good luck! How old is DD, and how are you trying the night weaning?

I am trying to cut back my little girl who just turned 1, and while she sleeps pretty well, she is still up at least once every night. She seems to be one of those kids who is always teething so she doesn't eat or drink particularly well half the time, so I don't know if maybe she truly is hungry. I think she would be fine if it weren't for trying to sleep without nursing, though, so I'm not sure how hard to push it. I really don't want to wean her at all, but I never ovulated on my own before I got pregnant, so I'm trying to at least cut back now and see what happens.

I'm so encouraged to hear everyone's stories on here!
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Sun, 07-03-2011 - 1:24pm

joannasmama--DD just turned 1 and I ended up going "cold turkey" to night wean. I had previously tried the so-called gentler methods talked about by Jay Gordon and in Elizabeth Pantley's "No Cry Sleep Solution." Honestly, those methods are probably great for some but it really made things worse for me. It seemed to confuse and frustrate DD and made her distrustful. I tried the No Cry Sleep Solution methods earlier and it was absolute disaster in every possible way. This time I started following Jay Gordon's method but could tell it wasn't going to fly any better so I just picked a night and cut off night nursing completely. DD cried for about 3 hours (I held her, hugged her, rocked her and bounced her during all this) but eventually fell asleep. We haven't had any real problems since. She still gets up about once a night but doesn't root around to nurse and goes back to sleep with just some hugs and rocking.

I really wasn't too excited to wean either, but like you I have some ovulation issues already and since I still haven't gotten a postpartum AF, I knew I had to at least try night weaning to see if I could jump start things. Still nothing but I have my fingers crossed!

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