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If someone told me 16+ months ago that I would still be nursing K, I would have thought that it wasn’t very likely. I had every intention of nursing for a year and even a little beyond, but I had big plans to start pumping soon after a year and give him milk a few times a day with a cup. Right. Even more than that, I fully intended to have a baby that slept through the night by now so night nursing wouldn’t even be part of the conversation. Do you hear my slightly maniacal chuckling? Not only will K not allow breastmilk to be given to him from anywhere other than “the tap”, he also can’t go to sleep without it. This is becoming a problem for me. After 16 months I would like to know what a full night’s sleep feels like.
My husband is a saint. He really is. He is more than willing to get up with K and soothe him when he wakes up, but K will have none of it! If he hears The Husband going up the stairs instead of me, he starts to get more fussy. When he sees The Husband come into his room instead of me, he let’s him know that he’s an unwelcome intruder. When The Husband picks him up, it all goes downhill in a hurry. He screams and thrashes around and gets extremely angry! Where a quick sip from the tap will have him back down in five minutes, he will scream at my husband for up to a half an hour. Once he finally falls asleep and my husband so much as twitches, he’s up and screaming again. So alas, it’s just easier for me to get up and do it. For the most part this isn’t a problem since it’s quick, but I have insomnia issues and find it very hard to fall back to sleep. So I’ll say it again. After 16 months, I would like to know what a full night’s sleep feels like.
I have tried to rub his back to soothe him, but he doesn’t want any part of it. I’ve tried picking him up and swaying with him, but he gets pretty angry. I’ve tried to rock him in the rocking chair, but he gets very stiff, screams, and will even head-butt me if the mood strikes him. So I don’t see night weaning happening anytime soon in my future.
If anyone out there has any tried and true tips for me to wean a breastmilk addict at night I would love to hear it! But when all is said and done, how can I say no to these eyes?
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