I just had a good sob and feel a little better but I am really losing it here. My almost 6.5 month old still nurses nearly every hour. We introduced solids 3 weeks ago, and he likes everything so far and is putting down several ounces of food a day on top of the nursing. He is a tiny baby, 15 lbs, and he has always been a comfort nurser- I've nursed him every hour (sometimes more often) since he has been born. I was expecting it to let up as he's gotten older, and it was for a while, to the point where I could go maybe 2 hours here and there without nursing. The thing is that he's a snacker as well. He never really gets a full session in unless some time has elapsed. He is too distracted and when the milk slows down after a few minutes he loses interest. However, I don't think much of his nursing is for hunger.
The past few weeks he has started grabbing at my boobs and climbing up me to let me know he wants to nurse and he does this constantly. He has been teething nearly nonstop it seems for about 2 months now but it has gotten aggressive lately and he has had some rough nights. The only way I've ever been able to get him to sleep is by nursing. But lately he just doesnt let go of my nipple. I used to be able to nurse him and roll away, or walk while nursing him until he was asleep and then pull out. But I just spent about 45 min nursing him down to sleep for the night, and he woke up 40 min later. I tried to nurse him back down but when I pulled out the nipple he woke back up and cried. Tried this maybe for another hour- tried walking him and nursing, tried laying in the bed and rolling away. If I put him down in his crib or pulled out to roll away, he woke up and started crying again. My husband used to be able to walk him to sleep- now he screams and looks for me. In the car, if he's tired he will not drift off like he used to do- now I have to lean over the carseat in desperation (while I get carsick) in order to nurse him until he is fully out. To add to it, DS typically kicks me constantly in the bladder and pinches me while he nurses, until he gets super sleepy and starts to go limp.
My husband just took him out walking so he will fall asleep in the Ergo, but I know when he comes back in and tries to transition him to the crib, DS will wake up and I will have to spend another 30 min+ nursing him down to sleep again b/c otherwise he will just scream.
I just can't bring myself to let my son CIO or anything like that. I won't even let him cry in my husband's arms. But I am so beyond frustrated and exhausted with all of this marathon comfort nursing. I want to give my son what he needs but it seems he is growing more dependent on the nursing instead of less so. Of course I will not wean him. Oh, and I should add that he took a pacifier here and there when he was about 5 weeks old until about 2 months...then we backed off it a bit, and now if we offer it to him it just makes him more upset.