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11 Responses to Gently Night Weaning the Breastfed, Co-Sleeping Toddler

  1. Jessica Lang @ Cloth Diapering Mama  

    I, too, felt that maybe when my older son was 20 or so months that I wanted him to night wean…not realizing that co-sleeping children can have an “all-night-nurser” mentality. I read the “no-cry-sleep solution” and it was helpful but didn’t do the trick. I was never able to nightwean my son…(maybe I was just too lenient) but he did wean at 23 months, with some guidance from me. He was definitely ready, I could see it and it was so sad!! I honestly wish I nursed longer 🙁

  2. Heather

    I have been gently night weening my 3 year old for acouple months now. He was nursing all night long and between battling yeast and lack of sleep i wanted to reduce night time nursing a bit. What i have done is when he wakes up to nurse i cuddle him and he asks for “mommas milk” I tell him to hold on a minute it is filling up. By the time he thinks to ask again he is asleep. Then The next time he wakes i do the same thing. Before Christmas he was nursing 4-8x per night and often staying latched between “fill ups” but now he nurses about 5x per week and only for about 1 minute then i ask if it is empty adn needs to fill up again and he says yes and rolls over to go back to sleep. At this point i have not slept thru the night in about 8 years between being pregnant and nursing and kids waking me for potty or cuddles or drinks or whatever and im sad that this is my last peanut (according to my hubby at least) so part of me does not want to ween but i also know that he is almost 4 yrs old and is handling the “mommas milk filling up” very well so he is close no matter what way you slice it.

  3. Michelle @ The Parent Vortex  

    I recently night-weaned my 20mo daughter, and she continues to co-sleep between about midnight and 7am. I wrote a post about it here: Night Weaning

  4. Karla

    I night-weaned my son during the last weeks of my pregnancy. After my daughter was born he started nursing at night again as he was never totally fine with it in the first place. They are now 10 mo and 27 mo. Both co-sleep (on either side of me) and nurse at night. I think DS has been winding down his night nursings but do I have any hope of encouraging him to night wean while DD is night nursing?

  5. Alicia  

    I night-weaned my older daughter when she was 27 months and she has continued co-sleeping and nursing at other times, so it is certainly possible. My night-weaning story is here: http://lactationnarration.com/index.php/2010/05/night-weaning/

    My younger daughter is now 21 months and still night-nursing, though she has been sleeping longer and longer lately. It makes me think that she might naturally night-wean on her own and I won’t have to do anything – wouldn’t that be nice!

  6. Ophelia

    I am on day 2 of night weaning for my 17 month old child. So far, so good. I am anticipating it will be a sleepless, cranky couple of days but my intuition tells me that she is okay with the process, as we are loving and gentle. The whole family (mama, dad and toddler) need more sleep and this gentle easing for nighttime may be just what we need. Lots of love and snuggles and feeding during the day helps too. Wish us luck!

  7. jessica

    My son is now 14months old im still planning on breastfeeding him for a while but would like to stop the day feeding. Im taking a 3day a week coursein september so he will be 18months old by then.He is my fourth child and Ifind it important for him to keep on breastfeeding. My other children all weaned naturaly between 18months and 24months but they did not refuse a bottle. As for my youngest will not take a bottle unless it is water. Any suggestions ????

  8. Bobbie

    I am on day 2 of night weaning my 15 1/2 month old. We do co-sleep so I thought it was going to be tramatic but that was not so as I turned him away from me to sleep. I also, as a added precaution, wrapped my breast up tight with ace bandages to keep myself from giving in. Worked like a charm. Looking forward to getting some sleep.

  9. Savi's mom

    I have a 2 year old she is amazing until it comes to breast time i’ve nursed her for exactly two years and have tried weaning numerous time and was defeated by the mommy please rant or mine own guilty of what i thought was deprivation lol. I started 3 days ago and yes she is very fussy and im so sleepy its for the best just as nursing was i tell her you are a big girl now and the milk fairy has to come for milky for another baby it just popped in my mind laughing in my head when i said it but its working yes she ask for milk grab my shirt but its only day 3 and for my breast addicted lil lady this victorty im kinda sad she’s my only kid and this stage is over ps i cried when she mastered potty training at 16 months lol!!

  10. Kim

    My son finally stopped breastfeeding at 2 years 8 months, but the night feeds stopped sooner. The simplest method was just to stay with what worked for both of us. I intermittently kept saying no, and he kept saying please. Day by day we inched apart until he finally accepted “No more Boobie until daytime”. It feels like it’s never going to end, but it does, when you both know it’s time. A mutual agreement is so much more respectful than a cutoff of supply lines.