My son is 18 months old and we are still BFing. Mainly it is just a going to bed or nap time thing. The other one or two times is when he has a boo boo. So all the BFing is about comfort. Sometimes when he wants to nurse just because I say "not right now" and he just gives hugs and loves instead, so that's why I think it's just habit/comfort at this point. Also his eating habits seem to not be super great on days he nurses a lot.
My husband and I are in the middle of a divorce and I feel like it's either now or "never" when it comes to weaning him. We are still residing in the same home, which I was thinking would work to LOs benefit during this transition time before we move out and he doesn't have the security of having dad home every night.
Also I want it to be gradual at least in the beginning for him, he loves nursing so much, I don't want to hurt his spirit or make him feel rejected. But when it comes down to it, I am needing to wean for emotional reasons.
So during the day I can distract him and keep him from nursing until he needs his nap. If I can figure out a way to get him to fall asleep on his own without nursing. He doesn't take a bottle or pacifier, but will drink from sippy cups.
Night time is the big problem for us. He nurses to sleep, we co-sleep for part of the night(just me and LO sans my ex), and he will awake two-ish times a night to nurse and have me flip him over. He has such a positive view of sleep I really don't want to ruin this. He will sleep for half the night in his own room in his big boy bed (he never did the crib thing).
So...what can I do to make weaning as painless as possible for him? I don't necessarily need him sleeping in his own room all night, but I can if cosleeping makes night weaning harder. And I don't need it to be a speedy process, I'd like him to receive all the healthy antibodies to keep his immune system boosted thru the winter/flu season.
HELP! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I think I covered all the details, I hope so!
Thank you in advance!