Just to recap my previous posts on this subject, the sleep specialist told us to cut the time Ari nurses in 1/2 at each nursing for 5 days, then 1/2 again for 5 days, then stop.
Sounds easy right? Well, I posted yesterday that we apparently have some teething going on, so Ari has increased his night nursing again. Plus cutting the time in 1/2 isn't as simple as it sounds. His 1st nursing only lasts about 5 mins. If I cut him to 2.5 mins I'm basically stopping him right as I let down, which pisses him off greatly. I can pull him off at 4-5 mins w/ no problem, but that's not helping us cut this session. And I can't stay awake at the other nursings to cut him off or even time the sessions.I tried giving him a bottle of water last night & that was a fail. I ended up just soothing him from 1:30-4:30 whenever he wanted to nurse last night to hold him off as long as possible, so he basically fussed on & off that whole time. At least it wasn't hysterics like when DH takes him, so we at least had some success with that.
One thing I've noticed is that if Ari doesn't do that 1st nursing at 11:30 ish, he sleeps way longer. That 1st nursing must start the whole process of setting off his reflux, b/c he sleeps for crap starting about 20-30 minutes after that session. The few nights he's skipped that session he's slept for 6-8 hours. Basically that 1st session makes or breaks the whole night.
So I think I'm going to pump right before that 1st session, give him a bottle of EBM & just start cutting the amount in the bottle. That way I don't have to worry about the whole "I just let down/haven't let down yet & he won't pull off". I think the sooner I cut that 1st session the quicker the others will fall into place, especially after this tooth breaks through.
Ugh. Any other ideas? I need to be careful about Ari getting too upset b/c that means puking/hysterics/being up all night. I'm not opposed to some crying in DH's arms but it just doesn't work for us.