I'm hoping some other mamas out there might have some advice for me, or at least been in a similar situation. I have a 17 month old, and she has been co-sleeping since she was born. She has always been fairly high-needs at night (ie. I haven't had a good sleep in 17 months) but we have coped with the sleep deprivation and frequent nursing fairly well, until this point. She had, about six weeks ago, started to sleep for longer stretches at night (only waking 2 or 3 times), and also started to be able to be comforted by my husband rather than me when she woke up. For the past couple weeks, though, she has been COMPLETELY obsessed with my breasts, to the point that it actually seems to be preventing her from sleeping!
We try to comfort her by singing to her/petting her until at least midnight (we're trying to night-wean her very gently) but once I fall asleep, she has to be either playing with my nipple (squeezing HARD!) or nursing CONSTANTLY - and I really mean constantly, she'll be on there for hours with no breaks, and will freak out if I try to unlatch her. When I do succeed in unlatching her, she has to have my breast in her hand for a few minutes, will drift off and roll over to her dad for about 30 seconds, but then will start to thrash, wake up, and move back to the boob again. This repeats all night. Its like she's so focused on my boobs that she can't sleep! Has anyone else encountered anything like this? I am admittedly writing out of sheer desperation - I'm utterly exhausted in the morning, and so is she!
On a side note, she seems to have grown more interested in my breasts during the day as well, always putting her hand down my shirt when I'm holding her and trying to pull them out... I know that becoming fixated on boobies is common but I never thought it would be so extreme at night!