I don't know what came over me last night but when she woke up in the middle of the night I decided that I just wasn't going to give her another feeding during the night. My daughter will be two in less than a month and the other day I noticed her last two teeth coming in. As of today she still nurses. Hold on, before I start getting comments of horror that I'm still breastfeeding let me first say that I'm weaning her. The only times she still nurses is going down for her nap, right before bed and when she wakes up in the middle of the night.
Personally, I am SO proud that my body has been able to produce milk for her this long. I absolutely love the bonding experience I've had with her through breastfeeding. I love that we can be in the middle of no where and I am fully capable of providing comfort and nourishment she needs. I know if we were caught in the middle of a zombie attack my survival chances would be higher cause I wouldn't need to find formula. (haha) Just checking if you were paying attention. This being said, I'm ready to get my boobs back. They are ready for a long vacation, well at least until we have another one.
As I was saying, last night I decided to get her weaned by her birthday. That means the middle of the night feeding goes first and let me tell you that night one was horrendous! She was absolutely PISSED that I would not give up the goods. She cried on and off for over THREE hours before finally knocking out until the morning. Everything I did, holding her, rubbing her back, giving her cow's milk as a substitute, laying down with her, talking soothingly to her, laying her on my stomach, etc. did not work. Each and every time she started falling asleep she would wake with a start and ask for the boob again. Each and every time I said "no more booby" the crying started up again.
The foot is down and I will not waver. I better not waiver! Let's hope that night two goes more smoothly than last night. Cross your fingers, toes and eyes for me. :)