I am BEYOND ready to be done with nursing. My lo is going on 21 months.
I think I'd be more for continuing, if it weren't for the fact that DS still asks to nurse ALL THE TIME. Several times during the day, and even 2-4 times in the middle of the night. It's exhausting. And it's more than I ever bargained for. And I am beginning to resent my own child (and so is DH, because it's really interfering with our love life), and it's just no good.
I am ready to move on. The challenge is convincing DS...
Don't Ask-Don't Refuse is NOT working for us.
I'm trying to fill him up more on solids. But, he's a little behind with his teeth coming in, so there are still lots of things that he can't handle very well, and I can only get him to eat so much of one thing before he's bored with it (except cheese ). I give him whole milk, and he'll generally take just a few swigs before chucking the cup across the room (or upending the sippy to let droplets fall all over the floor).
The internal struggle is, that what if he still truly NEEDS to be nursing? I'd hate to sell him short. But then, is it unreasonalbe to expect that he be night weaned by now AT LEAST? Is it unreasonable to deny him THAT MUCH?
When he asks to nurse, and I try to redirect him to something else, he just gets even MORE insistent that I nurse him. He is a boy who will not be swayed from getting what he wants...And it doesn't help that he's never really accepted a binky-- so, it's the boob or nothing.
Going out helps. But, I'd have to be out of the house with him ALL DAY EVERY DAY in order to wean him that way. When would I ever get my laundry done? Or cooking? Or dishes?
I am planning a possible trip down to see my sister in early June. I would like to travel on my own, and leave the kids with DH. If DS is not weaned by then, would it be cruel for me to just up and leave him for four days? Would that be long enough to convince him that he doesn't need to nurse anymore? Would it be long enough for my milk to dry out? Gah, it really seems like a last-ditch effort, but I am feeling a little desperate.