I'm not sure if I really need advice here, or more just sympathy. I haven't slept in a few days, so my story may be a bit garbled.
Anyway: my 26-month-old daughter had actually nightweaned a long time ago, but has now regressed, and I'm completely exhausted and frustrated and not sure what to do. Add to that that she nurses like a newborn during the day, and her increasingly poor nursing manners, and my usual total love for breastfeeding on demand is a bit strained!
We stopped cosleeping as a family at around 18 months because Z kept kicking my husband all night if in the middle of the bed or rolling out of bed if on the edge. She seemed to be sleeping happily and with no complaints all night long in her crib, but the minute we switched her to a toddler bed (she'd learned to climb out of the crib), she began climbing out of bed and coming into our room.
So I've been cosleeping with her in the guest room when she wakes up at night, but this has led to a reawakening of her interest in night nursing... and she now wants to nurse every hour or two for a LONG time, and I can't sleep through it like I used to, because she's so acrobatic and vigorous about it—my boobs get really sore, and she screams and cries at the slightest suggestion that we wait to nurse until the morning, and pulls on my shirt, and yells "My boobies! My boobies!"
And I didn't used to mind at all that during the day she nursed as much as when she was a newborn, and for a similar length of time... (except when I'm at work)... but now it is painful, and sometimes I'd really just like to talk to her about her day instead of nursing for an entire hour when I get home from work. On weekends I think she nurses 6-9 times per day? Or more?
And as I mentioned—she's a bit lacking in nursing manners. She runs up to me and pulls up my shirt and yells "Boobies! Boobies! I love boobies"! (partly my fault, because of course this makes me laugh and I used to think it was adorable) whether we're in public or private... and she kicks a lot and insists that I put my arms over my head so she can tickle my armpit ("Hands up, Mommy! Hands up!) or else there is a massive tantrum...
BUT I get really resentful if my husband or parents suggest that she is ready to wean, because I don't think she is and I think she still needs to nurse, especially since she has severe food allergies that otherwise restrict her diet. Still, I'd like to GENTLY set some limits, especially at night!
anyone else in this boat?