I continued with my night feed until Sadie was 17 months, as chose to continue feeding through the winter season to help with antibodies, and until Sadie had most of her teeth. It felt right for the both of us to continue our journey. Before dropping this feed, I wanted it to be a natural weaning process rather then something I was forcing upon her. I could see from signals she was giving me that she was becoming less interested, and knew that my body and mind were telling me I was ready too. In my heart of hearts, I also knew that if I didn’t encourage the natural weaning process, then I would just end up carrying on. I didn’t feel emotional about my decision, as just felt right. Sadie wasn’t going to drink cow’s milk as a replacement at bedtime, as she didn’t love the taste. I continued to offer a few sips after dinner in her highchair each evening, so she could make a choice. After speaking with my health visitor, I was confident she was gaining enough calcium from her daily diet plus adequate liquid intake and wet nappies daily, so there were no concerns about this for me.
At thirteen months, I was spending about 20 minutes on my feed before bed, so over the course of four months I reduced this to 10, then 5, then nothing. I always used to read Sadie bedtime books first, before turning the light off to feed her before putting her to bed. To encourage the process, I changed this to feeding first with the light on, giving her teeth a brush, then a drink of water from her cup and reading books after. Sadie was far too interested in her books to concentrate on her feed so it naturally came to an end. I have always told Sadie our special story each night from about 6 months old, where we go through the day’s events, and she intently listened. As I always used to do this whilst feeding, she became a little fretful for a few minutes on 2 days when I started the tell the story with her lying in her cot like she could tell something had changed. I wanted her to feel extra special so added some new teddies for her to cuddle and of course more books to read. Sadie would look forward to her special story every night where she listened word for word.