DS nurses 2-3 times a day (he cut back on his own/refuses when I offer; this began around 9.5 months before I was pregnant - the kid loves solids) - before his nap, before bed, and sometimes once during the night. However, I cannot do it any more. It hurts so bad to nurse that I am putting off getting him down for naps and bed to avoid nursing. Tears come to my eyes each time he latches on - it hurts and he tends to drag his teeth when he first starts nursing...and he has all of his teeth including his 2 year molars (at 17 months).
Unless we are in the car, it doesn't seem he can fall asleep without nursing. I really need to remedy this. I have no desire to tandem nurse (although I think it is wonderful some moms do), and he will be almost 22 months when baby #2 arrives. I don't want to wean him too close to the baby's birth, because I don't want to have him associate weaning with his sibling.
I am pretty certain my supply is starting to drop (I'm 18 weeks pregnant), because sometimes he is getting frustrated and hitting my breast like he is trying to get more. I was hoping he would wean himself when my supply finally decreased.
Any suggestions? I would love to have him weaned by the end of January when he is 19 months (if I wasn't pregnant I would nurse him until age 2). I am wondering if transitioning him to a toddler bed in his bedroom (he currently sleeps with us) would help, but I am really at a loss. I want to do this as gently as possible with as few tears as possible. The idea of hurting his feelings or causing him confusion breaks my heart, but honestly, at this point I don't know how I can continue nursing - the pain is becoming unbearable...and emotionally I feel like I want "my body back" for at least a few months before I start nursing baby #2.
Thanks for listening to my question/vent.