Only thing that made a big difference to us was that dh could settle him after a little while (he still objects a lot more but he can do it) which he wouldn't have a bar of when I was still feeding.
I regret weaning him, but i think it was a good thing for us
Thanks for the replies everyone. I am still so undecided on what to do. My daughter slept through for a month after weaning at 16mths but then got sick alot during winter and slept terribly. There were many times I wished I was still breastfeeding her so I could easily settle her back to sleep. I am scared that the same thing might happen with DS. The plan would only be to night wean though, so I suppose I could always just go back to it if needed. I would so love a full night sleep!!
@btmac - I don't know how you do 2 hourly feeding all night, I think that would break me!
Yes it worked off us, but DD was just over 2.5 years old so it was about time she started sleeping! She went from waking 2-3 times a night to sleeping through.
Mummy of Max 2 from donor eggs from my lovely sister.
I am not even expecting DD to sleep through necessarily - I am just thinking that even if his sleep doesn't improve I might be able to get a break via DH or my parents. The last few nights have been better (after an awful week which prompted my initial post) so I am now back to being undecided!
Last edited by sajimum; 01-12-2013 at 20:38.
I night weaned at 14 months and DD started sleeping through.
I was really tired at that stage and one night DD didn't wake for a feed so knew she could do it so let her grizzle it out the next night rather than feeding. The next night was better then the next night she slept through.
It's tough, I wasn't ready to night wean till I got really desperate. Good luck.
I night weaned my DD at 12 months and within 3 nights she was sleeping through. She's now nearly 26 months and still consistently sleeps through apart from when she's sick.
Eventually, when I dropped all feeds and the bedtime feed dropped at 3.5 years, she finally would sleep most of the night. This was a huge improvement from waking up within one hour of sleeping crying and screaming because I was not longer there.
At 4.5, she wakes once a night still to come into our bed, but we are working on that as we speak.
DD2 still feeds overnight at nearly 2 and it's tiring and very annoying as she pinches the other nipple! She feeds probably 4 times a night but I don't even know. I understand what you mean about feeling resentful - you get burnt out pretty quickly when you feel used.
I just don't have the energy right now to break the habit because I am going to wait until she's two and wean then. So hopefully will get better sleep.
If you have the energy and are feeling resentful - go for it! Tank him up during the day. Lovely filling meals at dinner time and maybe a bottle of water instead overnight. If it wakes your partner - settle in another room as I found it took a while once they cottoned on they weren't getting milk to calm down.
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