plant monkey and monkey's mom - Thanks so much for your instant responses. I really needed some support this morning. He's not usually like this and so it has thrown me for a loop. His usually triggers are hunger and needing sleep. He had a lot for breakfast and it was early for a nap. I ended up ordering pizza and he ate 3 more peices of pizza & two pieces of cheezy bread. That's gargantuan compaired to what he normally eats. All morning long I kept offering him all the food we had in the house, fruits, crackers, quesidellas, vege's, milk, yogurt, water, juice. He wouldn't take any of it. He just kept melting down wanting to nurse. So we'd nurse.
I tried to distract him by going outside, playing in the tub, watching the animals outside from the couch, painting, reading, playing games, playing with toys, playing on the computer. He wouldn't hear of any of it. All he wanted to do was nurse, so we'd nurse.
I tried extra hugs, extra kisses, talking about it, talking about his feelings, holding him. All he wanted to do was nurse. So we'd nurse
I tried setting the timer on the stove (it beeped for another 10 minutes and then I shut it off with a screaming toddler at my waist, I tried counting down but he'd cover my mouth and scream at me to stop.
I know that I could have handled all of the extra nursing today (since that type of a request is so rare for him) except for two things 1) ds manipulating the other nipple while nursing (I can't even count how many times in the last month that I've told him no, told him why I'm saying no and redirected him - it's even a crazy amount of times during each nurse. and 2) me feeling assulted by his screaming that I was very stressed out and was afraid that one more nipple manipulation while he was nursing would send me over the edge.
So here's my question after such a long rant (thank you for allowing me that little bit of release):
How can I convince him to leave the other nipple alone while he's nursing?
He LOVES "pinching the nipple" he says he's making it cold or hot or whatever he's thinking of at the time. He loves his "nurses". I am ok with that and want him to understand that I'm ok with that. I want him to love his nurses, I think it's sweet and endearing and a great memory for him.
I just can't handle that extra stimulation. It's my own fault for allowing it in the first place (back at 6 months of age, what did I know??? - should have known better I suppose!!!) What can I do????
Suggestions, expertise, helpful hints, reasurances, anything!!