No more nighttime nursing!
January 6, 2007 7:32 AM Subscribe
How do I stop my 17-month-old daughter from feeling entitled to nurse when she wakes up in the middle of the night?
posted by leahwrenn to human relations (15 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
From about 3 months to 9 months, my daughter slept through the night. Then we did some travelling, and she got used to nursing when she'd wake up at 3:30 AM (or whenever). Then she stopped waking up for a while, but in September (at 13 months), she started daycare and was sick all the time, so when she woke up at night, we were back to nursing in the middle of the night (since I was worried about fluids and besides, she was just so sad...).
Now we have reached the following situation (17 months). Most nights, she wakes up sometime between midnight and 4 AM. If I don't go in to calm her, she escalates. If I go in to try to calm her down, she points at the chair where we nurse and gets furious if I don't accede. If I just leave her, she cries and cries and works herself into hysterics. If my husband goes in, same thing.
(Part of the issue here is that I can go back to sleep very easily, while my husband can't, so I usually go in to calm her down, but then the boobs are in the room.)
In addition to just being bored with always having to get up and nurse in the middle of the night (and tinking it's probably not very healthy), I'm trying to start slowly weaning. Any suggestions would be appreciated.