Wait, let me back up. It officially began about 3 weeks ago, but we had a major set back during the cruise.
Before starting to wean we were at 4 nursing sessions a day. Morning, Night, Midmorning and Mid Afternoon. It worked well for us and after the midmorning and midafternoon nursing Roey would pass out.
Before our trip, we were down to three, just cutting out the mid-morning nursing session. I would offer him his sippy cup when he started pulling at my shirt and he was usually so tired by then that after he drank a bit of water I’d snuggle and rock him to sleep and he’d be down quickly. Some days I could just give him the sippy and he’d look so tired I’d just put him in his crib and he’d go down after fussing for like 2 minutes or less.
I was happy with the 3 sessions and planned to scale back to 2 sessions while on the cruise.
Good idea, right?!
Day 1 of the cruise I tried it, and he was a cranky mess. He also was asking to nurse a whole lot more than usual. I’m thinking maybe it was all the changes and newness around him? Also the day before was the road trip and his schedule was all wackadoo.
Anyhow, I ended up nursing about 4-6 times a day while on the cruise. At night, since Roey’s sleep was impacted I ended up nursing him in the middle of the night when he woke up and couldn’t be soothed back down.
Here I am now with humungo boobs, and getting engorged again….I feel like I went back in time! Ugh!
So anyway, we’re now back home and back on the 3-4 nursing sessions a day plan. I try to cut the midmorning one out if he lets me, but if he’s adamant I will give in.
I feel like he knows nursing is going to be coming to an end because he is asking to nurse a lot more than he was before. I’m offering the sippy cup, and if he doesn’t want it, I just snuggle him and love him up and read stories snuggled close together.
I’d hate for him to feel like he needs to nurse in order to get snuggles so I think I’ve been going overboard with that these past few weeks. But, I mean if there’s something to go overboard with in life, snuggling and cuddling with your baby is probably the best thing to choose, right?
Next week we’re down to 3 (firm!) a day
The following week we’re down to 2 just morning and night
The following week we’re moving to just one at night.
And after that…..
No more nursing.
How did you wean? And when?
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