Weaning is not easy whether you want to do it promptly like putting ACV, wasabe, or anything bitter on your nipple before letting your baby latch or take it slow and steady like what I am doing.
I succeeded in reducing my milk production to almost none by only allowing him to latch twice a day; before nap and before bedtime in which I make sure his tummy is full by giving him formula milk just before he latches onto me so that after a few suckles, he will doze off.
I was hoping that when there is no more milk for him to suckle he will give up my boobs or at least suckles them for comfort then back to sleep. But he is not letting me wean him off so easily. He still wakes up at 2.30am, 4.30am and 6.30am for his doze of mommy’s milk and when he gets none, he cries (very loud). You see, I normally give him his formula around 11.30pm before we head our pillows. I was hoping that will make him full till at least 5am but no, he still wakes up for mommy’s milk almost every 2 hours.
Last night, I gave in and woke up to prepare formula milk for him at 2.50am after 20 minutes attempt to put him back to sleep with empty boobs. I gave him 4oz only and a bottle of water which he drank and played with the water bottle before going back to sleep. Lo and behold, he woke up at 4.30am again but this time I gave him only water. Surprisingly, he did not refuse it like before; drank it and went back to sleep.
Tonight I wanna try giving him only water when he wakes up every 2 hourly. Must condition his body to sleep through the night. It is time already.