Finally Weaned

After 2 weeks, I can say that my little boy, at 22 moths, is finally weaned. He no longer asks for “dede” and no longer wants to “dede” too. Well, the weaning process was a gradual one. I actually started to wean him when he turned 18 months. I gradually lessened our feeding time and feeding frequency and I taught him to go to sleep without nursing. I did this by adding new stuff to our routine. We played with a “special” toy, a toy that lights up in the dark. We only play with this toy when we are about to go to sleep. We read books together. And whenever he wanted to nurse just before we sleep, I would often remind him that he is now a big boy and big boys don’t “dede” anymore.

I was hesitant to wean him. Partly because I know this means he is now a little boy, not a baby anymore. Probably my motherly instinct doesnt want to let him go yet… Another reason, I was afraid that he was drinking too little milk supplement. One more reason, he can be really loud when he cries. But eventually, I decided to stop breastfeeding him altogether. He already is drinking milk supplements from the cup (about 2 cups a day) and I really wanted him to sleep through the night already. I knew that nursing him at night was the reason why he keeps waking up every 2 hours or so.

So, one night, I just told him, “sorry Toby but no more “dede”, only milk from cup.” Of course he cried and cried when he woke up the first time on the first night. He cried for 30 minutes to an hour. Then he fell asleep while I was holding him. After 2 hours, he woke up again, but this time he only cried for 10-15 minutes. The next night, he cried for about 10 minutes or less. It took him about 2 nights. The third night he no longer woke up. But after a week, he woke up again and was asking for milk. Probably he was still adjusting. Now, its been a week since he last woke up at night.

Consistency is what he needed to learn to fall asleep without nursing and to be weaned… finally.

I sure miss our nursing time but I know that it is time for him to go and grow. Ah…the joys of motherhood.

Weaning Updates

I have been weaning my 22-month old son from breastfeeding since last Wednesday.
Night 1 – He woke up 3-4 times during the night wanting to breastfeed. I lovingly told him that there is no more “dede” and he cried for 30 minutes the first time. The succeeding times he woke up, he cried for 10 minutes less. I had to carry him and rock him to sleep every time he woke up.

Night 2- He didnt wake up after sleeping at 9pm. The next time he woke up was at 5am.

Night 3- same as Night 2.

Night 4- same as Night 2.

Night 5- He woke up 2 times during the night. He wanted to drink milk and read books. But he was really sleepy. After a sip of milk and showing him I was reading a book, he fell asleep again.

Night 6- same as night 5. Though he woke up only once.

Noght 7- that’s tonight. I wonder if he will still wake up…

During daytime, sometimes, he still asks to feed but whenever I tell him there is no more “dede”, he stops asking… I guess a few more days or weeks and he will forget about it altogether. I just hope that he will continue sleeping through the night soon.

Night feeding

Last night, it was the first time that Toby didn’t wake up to breastfeed! From 9pm-6am… I was so happy that he finally was able to go back to sleep by himself when he woke up. Usually, he wakes up every 3 hours or so to nurse. Let’s see if this will continue tonight and the following nights… Hopefully, this will be start that he won’t need to breastfeed just to go back to sleep at nights. He is now 22 months old and I hope that we will be completely weaned when he turns 2 in a few months.

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Well, he woke up again tonight to feed 🙁

Do you think I should train him to stop nursing at night? Or do I wait for him to stop by himself?

To wean or not to wean?

I’ve been breastfeeding Toby for almost 1 year and 9 months now. It has been a very fulfilling experience and an economical one too 🙂 But, I have been considering weaning him from breastfeeding. Hopefully, before he reaches 2, we are completely weaned.

He takes in milk supplement around 3 times a day, 4-6 ounces each time.

I’ve been slowly lessening our feeding times as much as I could for the past months. Now, we are down to 1 feeding in the morning and 1 – 2 feedings in the afternoon and feeding every time he wakes up during the night.

I am running out of ideas as to how to wean him, do you have any suggestions? Would love to hear from you.