Well, here we are, 25 months into our nursing journey. Originally I thought we’d make it to one year, but then 18 months became our goal, and now we are on the other side of 2 years. I know that nursing a two year old is weird to some. And, in previous posts, I discussed our reasons for nursing my son this long: allergies, nourishment and comfort. It has simply been the best choice for our family.
In the past, I was so worried that the weaning process was going to be hard on little man. He still nurses pretty regularly throughout the day, since I am home with him. I worried that he would be angry with me, or disappointed, that I would not longer choose to provide him with the comfort he has known for the last two years.
As I begin to explore strategies for weaning, I realize that I am the one who is going to struggle with this process the most. Perhaps my emotional ties to nursing are stronger than his. For me, nursing is the opportunity to cuddle, and breathe in my sweet little boy who, otherwise, is so active and uninterested in momma-snuggles.
So, after much conversation and research, my husband and I have decided that it is time to start the process. And this will mean enormous changes for our family, and it brings so many questions to light. How will I put my son to bed at night, when he relies on nursing? What will we do when he wakes up in the middle of the night, and can’t have “bee bees” to get him back to sleep? What will I do when he slips and falls, and relies on nursing for comfort? How exactly do you wean a toddler?
These are all questions that we will deal with as they come. But so our journey begins.
Do you have any tips or tricks that helped ease your weaning journey? What was your experience weaning a toddler?