DD, 12 months, is a boob addict. She's nursing about twice as much as I would like at this point. I have no desire to wean, I want her to self-wean, but I'd really like to encourage her to cut back. I still nurse on demand, and sometimes that's 10+ times a day, not counting the 4-6 times at night. She's currently trying to cut her top teeth, so I'll wait until they are through before trying to cut back. I want to let her nurse as much as she needs while teething, but even when she's not teething, she nurses a ton. And she eats plenty of solid food every day.
I think part of the problem stems from her having reflux when she was real little. I had to nurse her more frequently for shorter periods of time to keep her from spitting up excessively.
I'd greatly appreciate any advice on gently encouraging her to cut back without weaning.
*ETA: I worked on redirection today and offering water and food and it worked really well. She has nursed HALF of what she normally does in a day. I am SO happy!
So DH and I have decided to start night weaning tonight. What better day than Friday, right? I have read Dr. Gordon's plan, and it sounds great, but I'm a little unsure about where to start. For the first three nights, you're supposed to nurse baby when she wakes up, but not let her fall asleep and put her back down awake. We have her crib in our room and DH usually picks her up and I nurse her, then he takes her back to bed and she is almost always slightly awake when he puts her down. So...should I skip ahead to the next step? Or is she supposed be WIDE awake when she goes back to bed? If that's the case, I won't be able to nurse her anyway because she falls back to sleep within just a couple minutes of nursing....So I guess I answered my own question...But is it really okay to go from nursing every time she wakes up to not nursing at all for 7 hours??