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    Kirsten, I totally hear you on the mixed feelings. It will be nice to actually not be tied to him in the evenings anymore - - whenever that actually happens - - but at the same time we are done having kids too, so it's my last time in life to nurse. I like that comforting time with him, and he goes down to sleep without any complaints.

    I am very lucky that we nixed the before-nap session a while ago. I think I nursed him after nap longer than I did before. I think we did that so my husband could be the one to put him to sleep sometimes. I am hoping that it will help me when I do decide to stop nursing, because we can go to the before-nap bedtime routine of reading books instead of nursing. But, like you, I really can't see this ending anytime soon. It is very ingrained in his bedtime routine, and he really insists on it. I like that when he's done I can lay him still awake but sleepy into bed, and, unless he's out of sorts, he generally goes to sleep without any fuss.

    Keep us posted on this thread with your experiences too. I'll be very curious to hear how/when you end up dropping sessions.
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    So, I've been trying to keep moving in the mornings and give Mady "daddy" milk (sippy with strawberry milk inside) instead of nursing. Two days so far and no issues! We'll see how it goes. I can't even imagine dropping the evening session - how in the heck will we get her to sleep...one thing at a time, I guess. Any update out there?
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    nice work on the substitution of "daddy milk". That is too cute. Katie still nurses about 6x a day... and about 2-3x at night. I need to be more vigilant about cutting back/distracting her during the day because by the end of August I need to go back to work without pumping (and without exploding.) I think when we are busy and outside she forgets about it... but this week it's 90+ every day! Maybe next week....
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    Well done with the Daddy Milk, I love it! I'm still doing just the evening session, but I totally agree, how on earth am I going to drop that one?? No clue. Oh well, I'll probably miss it when it's done, so for now I'll just enjoy it.
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    Day three was successful, although she asked for mommy milk when I got back from my run. I just told her she could have some daddy milk instead and could have mommy milk tonight. She seemed fine with it!

    AND - day four is a success as well!!!
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    Yay Liz!! At this point I think you are safe to say you've made it to one nursing session. Woo-hoo! Matteo only very rarely asks for 'num-nums' in the morning anymore, and when he does he's very easily distracted from it.
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    Good to know, Stephanie! This weekend will definitely be a challenge. Mady and I are flying to Greenville, SC (just the two of us) to celebrate my grandmother's 100 birthday. We'll probably co-sleep in the bed and I won't be able to necessarily get up and get moving right off the bat, but we'll work through it regardless!

    Carrie - I just re-read your post...2-3x over night? Poor momma!!
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    Morgan is almost 14 months and is still nursing 3X during the day and 1X at night. I just got her down from 2-3X per night a couple weeks ago. It has been a rough transition and she often doesn't go back to sleep easily after waking up the second or third time. I got more sleep when I was nursing her 2-3 times per night....lol. She is close to only nursing morning and before bed for her daytime feedings. She is just too busy playing during the day and doesn't really ask for it. She really likes the morning, before bed, and middle of the night feeding. My goal is to get her down to morning and before bed fairly soon and roll with that for awhile. She is my last and definitely my most attached to nursing.
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    I am loving this thread. I am still nursing my 15 month old 4 x a day and 2 x at night. I am not ready to wean but i would like to be done before she is 2. She is my 3 and last baby as well so i am just going to enjoy it for now. I love all the info you ladies are giving us. I am so worried about weaning when i finally decide its time and i want it to be mostly on her terms.




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    Quote Originally Posted by TB34 View Post
    Carrie - I just re-read your post...2-3x over night? Poor momma!!
    Ha ha. At least during the summer I'm home and we can sleep in a little (we usually stay in bed until 7:00 or 7:30) where as during the school year Everyone gets up at 6:00 to get ready to go to daycare and work.

    My son was a bad sleeper, but at this point he only woke about 1x a night. I'm at a loss of what to do other than be patient. She sleeps in her crib until 1-3am and then when she cries I bring her in with us, since that's the only way I get any sleep. If I try to put her back down, the moment I break physical contact she starts screaming.

    Someday she'll be 14 and she'll want to pretend I don't exist... so she's a little clingy now, I just try to be patient.
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