Check the Bubbie-Light
Julie Kientz Elting
Kaneohe HI, USA
From: NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 17 No. 6, November-December 2000, p. 209
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When my youngest son, Russell, was two years old, he still nursed a couple of times at night. Unfortunately, as the months passed, I had gradually become unable to fall back to sleep after nursing and sometimes I was awake for hours afterward. It became increasingly evident to me that I needed to start getting better quality sleep if I was to continue being a loving and motivated mother. This meant establishing some limits for nursing at night.
There was one problem. The technique I had used to wean my other two children at night wasn't going to work. When I had begun to limit their nursing at night, it was summertime and the sun was up early. By about 5:30 am, the early morning light would creep in through the windows. That was their signal that it was okay to nurse. Sometimes they'd crawl over, latch on, and I wouldn't even wake up! But when I was thinking of weaning Russell at night, it was winter and the sky stayed dark much later, sometimes until after 7 am. That was too late for early morning "bubbie" since we were already getting up for the day.
After some difficult nights trying to figure out what to do, my husband hit on an idea. We bought a timer, the kind that people use to turn lights on when they are not home (usually in the evening to deter burglars). We hooked a night-light to it and our problem was solved. We set the timer to turn the light on at 5:30 am and go back off at 7:00 am. Russell soon learned to check the "bubbie-light" before latching on and no longer awakened me to nurse him at night. We're all sleeping more peacefully now.