So the time has come for me to finally make this post about night weaning. I delayed making it for a while because I was trying to wait until I decided how I honestly felt about my experience and how I was going to move forward. In short: YES, it did work - but we had a setback one night, I gave up, and I haven't had the motivation to start over again 🤷🏾♀️ lol. But I did have a few weeks of Ida not waking up until 4-6 AM to nurse, and it was lovely. I'm planning to try again at 18 months if I feel like it, but after getting that 2-3 week break from night nursing, I am not feeling nearly as annoyed with it as I was before. So as of right now, I'm just going with the flow. That break WAS *amazing* though and very much needed.
Why did I decide to try night weaning to begin with? Because my daughter would wake up to nurse, and then think it was toddler party time. I knew she was waking up strictly for comfort and not from hunger, and after 16 months of night nursing it just started to get annoying. She used to nurse right back to sleep, but for a while she just wasn't doing that anymore and it was wearing on me.
If you've been following my IG stories, then you already know that we used the Dr. Jay Gordon method. Please google this method and read about the specifics yourself but I'll provide an overview here. There is NO crying-it-out with this method. I *do not* believe in letting young babies or children cry, so just wanted to clarify that from the start. I also would not personally do this myself prior to baby being at least 12 months, but you have to decide what's right for your family during nighttime. (Continued in comments)