My 18 month old is not an avid nurser. She's been nursing only at nighttime and for naps for a couple of months now. I'm worried that she will wean soon if our current nursing pattern continues. I have a couple of concerns...
1. Since I started ovulating I've been having some discomfort with nursing. Not pain, and not really nipple sensitivity, just a general feeling of ants-in-the-pants and squirminess on my part. She's a very polite nurser, and keeps her hands very sweetly at her sides. She usually looks at me and gives me an "eye smile" and then closes her eyes because it's sleepy time. There is no reason for me to be antsy, but it seems like it is getting worse every month. I've heard of ovulation nipple sensitivity and I have a good idea of when I ovulate and it does seem to be worse for the second half of my cycle but I'm not really sure. It doesn't feel "sensitive" just... squicky.
2. Her latch is getting really weird. Her jaw movements are more like chewing than nursing (although she doesn't bite). It seems like the latch is really shallow, too, and she doesn't get much of the areola in her mouth. Times when I do sit through her nursing until she falls asleep there are teeth marks on my nipples when I unlatch her. This has never happened before. From day one she was a perfect nurser, with no latch problems at all.
I don't know if it's teething or maybe she just got bigger and the position we use isn't comfortable any more? Are there any positions I could try to encourage a better latch?
3. All of this week our nursing sessions have gone like this: Most of the time I get way too antsy to let her nurse for more than a couple of seconds and I pull her off and relatch her a few times, then switch sides. I might do this 6-9 times before I give up. She's never upset about it, and will just snuggle up to me and fall asleep instead. I really feel like I could just snuggle with her and read her a book and she wouldn't mind. She never asks to nurse, I have to offer.
Do you think this is normal CLW? Her sister weaned very similarly at 14 months, but I always thought it was way too early. I set out with a goal of getting to at least "normal" weaning age of 2.5 with this baby. I've had people at LLL tell me that it seems like normal weaning and to just let it take its course but it seems so early to me!
Sorry for the novel! Thank you if you got this far :D Any advice or input would be appreciated.