Neefer Sews, Crochets, Crafts, Swims, and Blathers about Kids

Acorns to Oaktrees

May 6th, 2002 at 1:27 pm



Fortunately, I am more upset by this than Chunguita.

The method of gradually cutting back worked well for us. We went from 5-8 sessions/day to 4 sessions (after daycare, bedtime, early morning, naptime) to 2 (dropped nap & after daycare) to 1 (bedtime only) to none. All in just 4 weeks.

Chunguita protested the loss of the early morning session the most (yelling, hitting, and kicking), but she took to loss of the bedtime session very well. I’d been telling her that we were going to stop nursing, and on Thursday, I started telling her that tomorrow was the last session. I don’t know if she understands the day names or not, so
I didn’t tell her that Friday was the last day. I did tell DH, and she was there. So if she knows the day names, she knew when it was coming. Saturday and Sunday nights she asked to nurse several times, but there was no yelling, hitting, or kicking when I said no more nursing.

I’m still sad about it. I really liked lying in bed with her and nursing. We still lie in bed and cuddle, but it’s not the same.

We play this game were I call her my stinker pooh, and she says she’s a stinky poo. But on Saturday, she started saying, she isn’t a stinker pooh, she is my baby. I respond with, “You’ll always be my baby.” I don’t know if that is related to the weaning or not, but the timing is especially poignant.

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