First I want to say that I am going to give my worries a bit of time to evaluate whether what's going on is related to a cold that's been working its way through our family or if it may be related to recent events that have disrupted DC's schedule a bit.
But...I can't help but be a little concerned about what's going on with DC's sleep.
We have started the very gradual process of weaning and things appeared to go well. I didn't have any delusions that nursing less at night would automatically mean longer sleep stretches but I am a bit surprised to find that DC is sleeping worse since becoming accustomed to eating more during the day/less at night.
Last night, for instance, it felt like she had to be touching my nipple for the entire night, which is not going to work for me for all that long. On top of that she seemed to wake disturbed many, many times - more than when she was all night nursing.
I do not think she is hungry or thirsty because she wakes up and sort of "tells" me that she wants to nurse for food/drink. This is different. I don't think she has an ear infection but it's almost like that (but more "upset" than "in pain").
Can you all talk to me about your experiences with this? Specifically about night weaning and an increased need for all night comfort. Also, about the relationship between weaning and twiddling? I really don't want to replace nursing with twiddling my breast. I dislike it for one but I also want DC to have a soothing method that other adults can do with her (specifically her father).
I'd love to her your thoughts...