I have decided that the time has come to start weaning Amelia. She will be two in June, the longest I had nursed in the past was eighteen months and I really just felt like the time was right.
It was easier to wean my other three kids. Alex weaned himself right at the eighteen month mark. Destiny was three months old at the time, I had been tandem nursing and one day he just said No, for baby and was done.Destiny was just under eighteen months, I was pregnant at the time, I slowly cut out nursing and after about a week she was done, it went the same for Kairi.
Things are different with Amelia, I am not pregnant so I know my supply is fine. Not being pregnant is probably why I nursed longer this time. For me nursing a toddler while pregnant started to get painful and I just did not want to do it anymore. At the eighteen month mark I was still okay nursing her so we kept on going.
It was right around the 22 month mark that I started wanting to wean. She was still nursing a lot so I slowly cut her down to once in the morning, once for naps and bed time ( plus if she woke in the middle of the night ).
I was most worried about cutting out the bedtime and overnight nursing. I did not foresee it going very well but I pleasantly surprised. She did resist at first, it took a couple nights of rocking with a sippy before she stopped being upset. After that she just started asking for a sippy and then she would willingly be rocked to sleep. Over night I just gave her the sippy again and she would lay down by me and fall asleep.
The morning nursing was easy as well. I just would fill her cup again and then let her lay down on my lap. I think a large part of the morning nursing was just her wanting a cuddle and since she is still getting that cuddle, she is fine with it.
The nap time nursing is still going on, I have not been able to get her to nap without it. This is going to be the hard one. I am not going to just force it either, I want her to nap, she needs her nap and I do not want to make her scream. I will try each day to get her to nap with just her sippy and I know it will happen eventually. I can not imagine that nursing once a day will keep my milk supply around anyway.
I will admit, it will be strange once she is fully weaned. I have been pregnant or breastfeeding for almost eight years straight. Since we are not deciding on a fifth child for a couple years, I will have a long break!
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