Extreme is an understatement... my boy (my second, and my first was nothing like this - humbling to say the least) is 11 months. He would absolutely nurse every moment of every day if it were possible. At 10 months (after 5 months of sleepless nights and all night nursing), we finally had to buy a crib and put him on a schedule overnight. We're still co-sleeping with our four year old so that was kind of a big deal for us. He gets to nurse (or gets a bottle, pumped, from Daddy), before bedtime and once anytime after 2 and again anytime after 6 (he's usually up around 6:30). This, after vigorously sticking to it for about a month, has GREATLY helped our nighttime sleep issues..... and now to our daytime issues. He wants to nurse at least 2-3 times and hour, sometimes more often, throughout the day, every day. He all but refuses to eat solids, nibbling on things here and there but not really taking much interest, except in the boob. And he's assertive. If I don't nurse him, when and where he wants it, there will almost certainly be a tantrum... kicking, screaming, pulling, climbing, headbanging, you name it. And that can sometimes last for over an hour. He'll follow me from room to room, pulling on my legs and asking to be nursed, etc. I've offered him food as an alternative, soy milk in bottles, sippy cups, etc, pacifiers, anything to give myself just a moment to myself with my body and mind... all to no avail. His persistence is astonishing.
I do not want to stop nursing. I don't mind nursing him frequently, but this is over the top. I'm unable to get things done around the house or out of it. I have a busy four year old that also requires my time and energy, and I find myself feeling resentful about the amount of energy my baby boy requires from me. I have a job and a husband. I love my boy and I had every intention of nursing well beyond infancy, but I'm feeling myself begin to crack.
Have any of you had similar problems? What have you done that has helped? I was hoping that he would begin to turn some corner with mobility and exploration, etc, and begin to become more interested in other things.... but I don't see that happening at the moment. And suggestions for a dedicated mom - and her boobs - at their wits end?