I am really hoping you all have some feedback for me because I am just absolutely torn.
Nate is now just over 13 months. He has never been a good sleeper, waking several times throughout the night to nurse. We co-sleep, so this is not that big of a deal to me. He wakes anywhere from 3-13 times each night.
Recently, we had quite a few nights when he would wake, but would not go back to sleep after nursing, so DH or I were up for 3-4 hours of walking, rocking, etc. We even caved in and put him in his crib a few times... He cried, I cried. Big mess.
I called the dr a few days ago on an un-related issue, and we got a different dr... not his normal. She asked about sleep and when I told her, she said that he was waking to drink because he was not drinking enough in the day. (I work so only nurse in morning and in PM when I return, and he will take the sippy but never shows much interest). She said to increase his intake during the day, which I said fine. Then she said I need to night-wean him because he needs to learn to take his liquids during the day, etc. She said to give it 2 weeks and she would call back to check on us.
Well, I thought I could do it, but it has been 2 nights, and each time he wakes up I can't get him to go back to sleep. I am exhausted, and I know the nursing will work, so I cave in and let him.
Is this wrong? I was also worried about my supply if I were to night wean because I am not getting up in the middle of the night to pump, and I rarely pump but once in the day because my body seems to have adjusted to accomodate the nursing sessions he does have.
I am not ready to give up nursing until he is ready, and it seems like forcing him to night wean is trying to force him into overall weaning. DH thinks I need to follow the drs advice, but i just can't! I feel awful not letting him have it when I know how much it means to him, especially if he is obviously not ready.
I guess I just thought when he was ready to STTN then he would, but he is just not ready. But there is so much pressure that by 6-8 months babies are, and blah blah blah.
Sorry for the long post, but does anyone have any advice/thoughts?
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