I wanted so much to breastfeed my first two children for at least six months, but due to various circumstances I was unable to, so they went onto the bottle. Jessica was three months of age and James was six weeks old, so making the transition from breast to bottle was no problem. They slept throughout the night, without a hiccup.
So when I had Chinaza, my third child, I decided to breastfeed for as long as I possibly could, which is now almost 22 months. But now I have a problem, he will not sleep unless being breastfed, and wakes up every 2-3 hours in the night and sleeps for only 30 minutes maximum in the day. I have seen advice being given for babies under six months, but nothing to help mums who need help when the child is closer to two years old. I do intend to stop feeding now, but I don't know how to do it.
The breastfeeding in no longer just for nourishment, but also a source of comfort as well as a plaything (he feeds off one breast, alternating every minute or so, while playing with my other nipple with his little fingers), so technically, I will be stopping three things that my son is so used to having on a daily basis. I have tried getting advice from various sources, without much luck, as each party refers me to the other. I was hoping that there are other mums out there who have had a similar problem and have found a solution. Hope to hear from you. Nkechi
Nkechi, Sydney 2 year old son