Pregnant....thinking of night-weaning...but...
Hey ladies.... I don't know why it never occurred to me to come over to this board.... I guess I forget that I'm "extended" breastfeeding! Ha! It just seems so normal to me still... I'm just nursing... ;)
Anyway.... DD is 18 mos, and I'm almost 10 weeks pregnant. She still nurses a lot- multiple times a day, and before after every nap, and to sleep, and every time she wakes at night, which can be anywhere from every 1-4 hours.
I'm feeling a little anxious because she's still sleeping with us- well, she has a toddler bed right next to ours. She goes to sleep in it, but usually ends up in our bed by 1am at the latest- usually between 11 and 12. I will say that to date, we have definitely taken the path of least resistance, which was always just to nurse her back to sleep. She's never slept long stretches, but, she's always been the baby who is asleep again within moments as long as you pop the boob back in her mouth.
My issue is that I'm already starting to have pain in my hips from being stuck in one position at night- I would really like to sleep on my back while I still can! And I just worry about her still being in our bed when I have a huge belly and need pillows for support, and of course, when the new baby comes...
But then, I came here yesterday and read that thread down the page about night-weaning and how so many of you did, and your kid stopped nursing at night, but kept waking at night!!! That is my worst nightmare....but I'm starting to have a bad suspicion that she'll be one of those kids. And my first clue to that is that we've been trying for 2 MONTHS to cut out any feedings between bedtime and midnight- so we've been sending DH up to comfort her if she wakes at that time. So she hasn't been able to nurse in 2 months at that time...and she STILL wakes up pretty consistently once or twice between 8 and 12!
Honestly, the only reason I would want to night-wean is if I believed that she would start STTN (even if only by the 5 hour definition). I'm working on sometimes getting her back to sleep without nursing- I've been singing her a lullaby and that works sometimes with a few minutes of crying/screaming.
Anyway.... I'm rambling... but my question then is.... given this whole situation, would you try to night-wean?? Do you think it'd be worth it? I also keep thinking that my milk is eventually going to change in 10 weeks or so.... and will that cause her to change her habits without me forcing anything on her????
I know no one can give me a definite answer....but I guess I'm just looking for some commiserating, sympathy and understanding! What would you do?