Exactly one month ago I began the process of weaning Rose. Her pediatrician suggested that I wean her by my fourth month of pregnancy so that she might forget her nursing days before the new baby comes in October. He said this may help with jealousy issues and ease her into being the big sister a little more gently. I gave myself a month because I knew it wouldn’t be an easy process at all…and I was right.
I slowly cut out one feeding at a time. Rose is a creature of habit (she gets that from me), and knows her routine. When it was time to nurse, she came to me and sat in my lap. I looked at her and said “Baby, we aren’t going to have any milk right now because you’re a big girl.” We both cried immediately. I said the exact same thing for the next three days and it eventually got a little better. Cutting out the the rest of the daytime feedings was much easier, there were still tears but not nearly as many.
When the time came to stop nursing at night when she woke up (I know. That should have stopped a long time ago.), I knew it would be awful. There were many nights of crying for hours (her mosly, but I cried some too) and me trying my very hardest to comfort her in any way possible. I offered water in a sippy cup, but she wasn’t interested. Actually she got even more irate when I offered water. It took about a week and she realized she wasn’t getting milk at night. After months and months (and months) of waking up every hour and a half at night, she started only waking up twice. It was awesome. I was happy with this. I knew it wasn’t perfect, but it was still great for her. Then something miraculous happened. Three nights ago, she didn’t wake up at all. I woke up in shock. The next night she didn’t wake up at all. Again, I was shocked. And last night, she didn’t wake up at all. I know things could change and she may regress a little, but at least I know it’s possible! God is good.
I’m now down to one feeding right before she goes to bed. According to my weaning schedule, I was supposed to drop that one on Sunday night. Now I’m wrestling with the idea of continuing to nurse that one time and just let her wean when she’s ready. I honestly have no idea what to do. I’ve spent so much time praying about what to do and I don’t know what would be best. Any advise or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Also, sorry this post is so long.