Silly question from a mom of four

My youngest is 18months old and she is still breastfed. She cosleeps and breastfeeds during the night. I have no plans on weaning her soon but it seems like my supply is dropping so I may be naturally weaning. I am very scared of weaning though.

How am I supposed to get her to sleep in the night when she wakes up if I am not nursing her back to sleep? As a mom of four I feel like I should know the answer to this but I really don't.

Help!

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4Katie
04/29/14
4Katie
No, that is a big part of why I don't know what to do. My other kids had a pacifier and a blanket.
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    4Katie
    Since I am still nursing I just nurse her and she goes right back to sleep, it is pretty easy. But if I don't have enough milk she freaks out and screams. My husband has to get up with her, leave the room and walk her around to calm her down and get her back to sleep.
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      I didn't breastfeed my daughter but it's just like weaning them off a bottle at night as well. A little bit at a time. If you do a little less every night, yes they are going to cry and you'll have to accept that, but they will eventually stay asleep without waking up for a feeding. It might take a few weeks but every couple nights cut her off from the feeding. Each night you cut down on the time and she'll eventually accept it.
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      4Katie
      I think the reason it is different because with a bottle it isn't laying there right in the bed with them. With breastfeeding my boobs are right there and she doesn't understand why she can't have them when she wants.
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      4Katie
      I do plan to keep cosleeping.
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        Beth
        With Audrey, I night weaned her by just having my husband put her down for a week straight. I would hide downstairs and he would hold her and cuddle her and rock her to sleep each night. The first few nights it was REALLY hard, but it got easier and easier, and after a week or so I was able to just lay next to her and cuddle without having to actually nurse.
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