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Must stop cosleeping and BF - help!!

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reb82 Tue 23-Jun-15 22:11:43

My little boy is 13 months old and I'm in early stage diagnosis of lymphoma or thyroid cancer (awaiting official biopsy results).

I love feeding my LB to sleep and snugglingwith him, but I won't be able to BF once treatment starts in a few weeks and I'll need all the rest and bed space I can get. I also think stopping BF will be harder if he's still in my bed.

So I'm looking for advice on how to as gently as I can get him in the cot, preferably in his own room, and off my boob.

Kennington Tue 23-Jun-15 22:15:42

So sorry about your cancer diagnosis
Try a NUK teat bottle from Amazon - they have a similar flow to breasts so baby less likely to reject, also get him to still have skin contact while taking milk from a bottle. Stopping BF seemed hellish at the time but in hindsight it was all over in a couple of weeks.

reb82 Wed 24-Jun-15 19:49:16

Thanks for your reply. I was hoping to avoid bottles as he's already 13 months but perhaps it would be a good idea. Just cows' milk?

StupidBloodyKindle Wed 24-Jun-15 19:52:48

So sorry to hear that Reb. Try warmed cows milk in a bottle or cup. But as an ebf cosleeping mum of three, I think giving him to a relative to do cold turkey for a week might be needed, if you are strong enough. Do you have someone else to cosleep/get up with him in thecmeantime? brew cake flowers

StupidBloodyKindle Wed 24-Jun-15 19:54:54

Sleeping bag outfit? cuddly toy smelling of you in the cot? blackout curtains?

captainproton Wed 24-Jun-15 19:58:16

Sorry to hear that you are going through this reb82. I had to do similar with my 11 month old when I had pneumonia. DH gave him formula in a sippy cup, which he was familiar with for his water anyway. And yes I believe a lot of CC was undertaken to get DS to sleep in a cot, although we found it easier when we put his cot in a room with a sibling as he was less frightened.

StupidBloodyKindle Wed 24-Jun-15 19:59:17

And oh bless, you need to start now, if you have only got a few weeks as, unless you are doing the cold turkey method, it might take a few weeks. Some put plasters on their nipples or no nail biting liquid but I think that is worse than him going to an Aunt for a long weekend tbh.

StupidBloodyKindle Wed 24-Jun-15 20:01:56

If feeding to sleep, warm milk in a cup then a dummy? If dream feeding then a few nights without might trigger sleeping straight through. shamrock

reb82 Wed 24-Jun-15 20:07:55

At the moment he is fed to sleep and then given more boob when he wakes up.

I probably have a full month at least before anything will be done.

His dad works away all week so it's just us Monday to Friday. I don't really have anyone nearby who can do cold turkey for me.

I need to start soon to minimise the tears. I hate the thought of leaving him to cry. Especially now.

StupidBloodyKindle Fri 26-Jun-15 12:15:58

Bumping for you. Totally understand about you not wanting him to cry but it is short term and once sleeping alone/learnt how to get back to sleep/fall asleep without boob, he might be better rested. Hugs xx

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