These past 4 to 6 weeks have been full of transitions for her and I, as she has weaned off breastfeeding with only a little nudge from me at the end and is spending most nights in her crib next to our bed rather than in our bed with us.
Some days we're both a little cranky and frustrated because we just want to revert back to how it used to be, but we've already moved past it so we must figure out new ways to manage.
At night we both sometimes fall asleep with me rubbing her back or her holding my hand/finger. If she does wake up in the night, she gets some mommy and daddy cuddles and spend the rest of the night with us.
It seems like yesterday when she was born, but we are watching her grow everyday! If you and your child are going through the weaning process, here's 6 things to consider when trying to figure out triggers for your child's nursing.
1. Is she hungry?Try to figure out if your child is hungry. If she is, give her a healthy snack to fill her belly so she doesn't feel the need to nurse.
2. Is she thirsty?She might need something to drink, so offer some water or juice.
3. Does she need cuddles?
4. Is she tired?If she is tired and used to nursing to sleep, it might be extra hard at first to find other soothing methods. Find something that works for you. Try cuddling, babywearing, back rubbing, etc.
5. Is she sick or teething?
6. Is it habit?Routine is routine and your child might be used to nursing after this, before that, or whatever. Switch up your daily schedules or, better yet, start new routines to help keep both your minds off other stuff. Getting out of the house can help, too!
What triggers your child's desire to nurse? Did your child self-wean? What was the hardest part about weaning for you?