Really HAVE to give up night feeding but can't *posted in Feeding too*(2 Posts)
DS#2 is 13 months, planned to feed him as long as he wanted really, DS#1 stopped at 15 months entirely off his own bat but would be happy with more or less. DS2 breastfeeds at night (I work full time) and is a boob monster. He feeds at bedtime, somewhere between 9-12ish and then on and off from 2ish at which point I am usually sleeping in the double bed in his room, so we co-sleep half the night at least.
Anyway, in 6 weeks I have to undergo a 'serious medical procedure' as work term it, full hip replacement (at 36, eek!) and there are a few problems:
1. I have to have the surgery in the UK (a 13hr flight away from where I live). I am aiming to be in the UK for 10 days before returning.
2. Even when I am back over here, my mobility will be limited at best, no weight bearing on the leg, very specific heights for sitting, no tossing and turning to feed in bed etc.
So... at the moment there is currently almost no way to comfort DS2 back to sleep except with the breast... DS1 had a dummy for a little bit and it was a lifesaver but 2 is unimpressed, toys have been cuddled and tucked up with him from the beginning, not fussed, we have even bought one of those god-awful music and light things for the room, he doesn't even look at it. He screams blue murder at anyone else who holds him, unless they switch a light on and basically get him up. He will drink cows milk in a bottle from any passerby in the daytime, but night is mummy time and I need to break it in 6 weeks!!!
I did have the 'no cry sleep solution' book for 1 but have lent it out and as far as I recall it was basically nothing different to things I have tried so far, but I could be wrong... Anything involving proper 'cut and run' (ie cry it out) won't work for us not sure on the 'damaging' claims but I certainly don't have the strength to listen to my child cry in another room when I could be cuddling them, working mum needs all the cuddles I can get. Yes, I do know I'm the problem in this scenario
Any ideas to save my little boy from a crappy time ahead? (His father would be most grateful for ideas too as he is panicking...!)
Try googling jay Gordon, 'changing the sleep pattern in the family bed' I think it's called, gentle night weaning over a couple of weeks. Worked for my eldest two, haven't summoned the energy to try with dc3 yet....
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