I'm pregnant, in the first trimester, with my second, and am having lots of trouble with nursing my 17 month old. I'm at my wits end, and I'm not sure what to do.
Nursing has become such a chore, and it seems like it's all my son wants to do, constantly. I'm so sore, so it hurts like heck when he nurses, but is worse at the very beginning, when he first latches on. The problem is, DS nurses for a minute or two, then unlatches, then a minute later wants to latch back on. It goes on and on like this all day long. I can't be around him without him sticking his hands in my shirt and crying to nurse.
The real problem is that I'm not the only one who isn't enjoying this anymore. DS cries throughout his nursing sessions. I don't know if my milk tastes different because I'm pregnant, or if my supply is diminishing. Maybe he's picking up on the fact that I'm miserable. Whatever it is, he nurses for a minute, cries, nurses, cries, and gets ever more frustrated. It's been going on for weeks, but is getting rapidly worse. DS just doesn't seem to be able to be happy when he's around me. He's either crying because I'm not nursing him, or crying while nursing. DH reports that when I'm not around, DS doesn't behave like this at all.
I don't want to just end the nursing relationship, but attempts at cutting down have utterly failed. And we're both just so miserable right now, I don't see the point in continuing to nurse. I'm just really afraid he'll be traumatized if I just cut him off at this point.
Any mamas out there BDTD and have some advice?