After slowly weaning Henry from his 4pm nursing session, I moved on to the post-morning nap 11am feeding. I was hesitant as he’s always been a good nurser at this time, but we forged ahead. I intended to follow the same slow process that I had invoked to drop the 3pm session. (See Weaning Off the Boob: Week 1)
On Saturday Chris got Henry out of the crib after his morning nap. They played and read books in his room. I was in the kitchen cooking up a variety of purees and finger foods for the next few days. Henry didn’t cry or look for me. When they came out 30 minutes later, I realized we had unintentionally dropped the 11am feeding without the slow weaning process. I figured the next day he would put up more of a fuss if I got him after his morning nap, but again there was no protest. Second feeding down!
Now he’s nursing twice a day (morning and night), and he’s gone to bed without nursing in the past. On Monday he refused to take the bottle from the sitter. I anticipate that dropping the last feeding of the day will go smoothly. Most books say that the last feeding of the day is the hardest to drop, but I know that won’t be the case for us. Henry doesn’t associate nursing with going to sleep, as we spend around 30 minutes between his last feeding and bedtime playing, taking a bath, and reading books.