This is cross-posted to the Everything Breastfeeding area.
So, I have Mastitis for the FOURTH time. Sigh... I'm sure it's because I was sick Monday, then my daughter was sick Monday night/Tuesday, so I didn't get great sleep or as much liquid intake as I should have, entirely beyond my control. I hate having to take antibiotics so much! This is my 6th time since little man was born. (I had bronchitis at his birth, and then got a bladder infection a while ago, so that with the four bouts of mastitis makes six.) I cannot keep taking antibiotics, it's not good for me I know. So I think I have to start weaning him.
I have been nursing my little guy just first thing in the morning and right before bed. He is almost 18 months old now, so I do feel very proud of accomplishing that length of time. But stopping is going to be tough on both of us. That nurse first thing in the morning wakes him up and seems to perk him up. The one before bed means I can lay him down awake and happy in his crib, and I don't hear a peep out of him generally, right through until morning. He sleeps about 11 hours straight. I don't think the length of time will really change, but the happy boy going to bed will! It will break my heart to hear him ask for 'num-nums?' and have to say no...
Does anyone have any advice as to the best way to do this? One thought I had was to try first to change the order of his bedtime routine so that I nurse him first but in our room, and then either one of us reads him some stories in his chair where we usually nurse in his room. For nap time the routine is a couple of stories in his chair and bed, which is why I think it might work. My hope is that he'll then associate the books with bed instead of the nurse, and then dropping the nurse won't be so traumatic...but I don't know.
My daughter has an attachment toy that is very important to her, but she never really nursed, I had to EP (and managed to get enough milk for her for a year). With her we just had to cut out a bottle before bed, but she had her Lion, so I think that helped. Little man has no attachment toy. I am worried his comfort is me, and without it...I don't know. Emotional Mom here!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!