DD has always been a huge fan of "Mayna." (her word for nursing). She has always nursed a ton, and I have an abundant supply. To this day, I can still pump out 6 ounces total from both breasts within 5-8 minutes.
However, the frequency is becoming worse and worse. She begs to nurse
(sometimes more frequently!!!!!)
HOW is this healthy for her? It is certainly not doing me any good. I wake up from a night of nursing every hour or less feeling parched, starving, and sometimes sick. This morning I starting sobbing at 6am when she insisted on nursing and wouldn't stop. I finally said, "ALL DONE. Mama's tired. ALL DONE with Mayna." And she got really upset, so I said, "Fine! You want to get up?" And she said "yes!" so we got up 1.5 hours earlier than normal. Anything to stop nursing!!
Her temperament: she is immensely sunny, bright, extremely sensitive, and contemplative. (while her friends are bolting at lightning speed down a gorgeous path she is examining leaves). She's a very verbal lass, with 4-5 word sentences and as of today she has begun asking "why?"
But when I tell her "No" about pretty much anything, she throws her head back and has a tantrum. Most of the time they are manageable, but sometimes she'll cry till she vomits. She's one of those. She's always been a puker.
My main problem: DD doesn't eat enough solids. I don't get enough sleep. I'm losing too much weight and feeling weak.
I have begun to realize we have to leave first thing in the morning and stay until nap time, somewhere, anywhere but home, or we will be nursing every hour.
I just need someone to tell me that they have had a child like this. That I am not the only one this is happening to.
I also need suggestions on how to work with a child of this temperament. How could I possibly night wean a child that will puke all night from crying? How am I going to survive this.....