Our daughter is almost thirteen months old. Although she doesn’t nurse at all during the day anymore (her choice as much as mine), she still nurses throughout the night. Sometimes she wakes a few times to nurse and then dozes off contentedly. Other times, she loves to lie next to me and vie for a prize in an all-night nurse-a-thon (that’s rare). More commonly, she nurses just a few times a night.
(A) I know she probably doesn’t need the “nighttime milk” for nutrients (although she is not a big eater during the day).
(B) It may be that she is nursing for comfort and I suspect that she sometimes nurses to combat teething pain.
(C) For the most part, I don’t really mind her wake-ups because she goes right back to sleep, she doesn’t cry, and she sleeps from 8:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. without complaining.
(D) I would (sort of) like to wean her so that I have more freedom. Example #1: I could attend an overnight getaway or conference without worry…well, at least not the same kind of worry.
(E) I would rather wait for her to stop nursing on her own, but I’m not willing to wait forever. Maybe until she’s 1 1/2 or 2.
How did you wean? Did your baby self-wean? Does your baby still wake up at night to nurse? Share your stories.
(Photo by: katiek2)