HELP! I Am Thinking About Weaning!Danielle
In 10 days Addison will be a year old. It seems like she is still a baby though with the amount of times she is up to nurse at night.
I haven’t slept through the night since, well… I can’t even remember because it has been that long. But that isn’t the only reason I am throwing around the W word right now.
Now that Addie is fully sporting two top teeth, nursing has become painful. With every couple gulps she takes, it feels like she is actually biting me with her cool new top teeth. I am at my wit’s end and I just don’t know what to do!
I really don’t want to push her to wean. I know she is going to do it on her own all in good time and that is completely ok with me. She could nurse till she is five and I would cheer her on. But I am just taking issue with the teeth and the wanting to get up and nurse all night long.
Let’s all be real here. No one wants to be getting up 3-4 times a night with a one year old to nurse. Heck, even my middle son who was a horrible sleeper only got up once a night. I am hopeful because he slept through the night starting at around 15 months old though. Pipe dreams I tell ya!
This is where you guys come in. There are so many readers with nursing knowledge and I really need your help. I know with a proper latch I shouldn’t be feeling her teeth, but I totally am and it hurts recently. I know we have a good latch and that is not where the issue is.. Could it be something else? Should I just tough it out and let my nipples get used to the new form of torture?
Second is the night nursing. Someone please show me the light at the end of this tunnel. We are enjoying a large healthy dinner topped off with a nice drink of breast milk every night. We nurse again before she lay’s down for the night. She seems fully content, but I totally feel like she is not full enough.
Words of wisdom?
ANYTHING! I beg of you!
I do not want to stop nursing, but if things don’t get better I just may need to for my own sanity. No joke, because of postpartum depression and anxiety issues with my other children.
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