Just need some support. I'm still breastfeeding my 2 1/2 year old daughter and there seem to be no end in sight. I have enjoyed it and felt it was the best thing to do, but now my boobs are starting to hurt, mostly from her squeezing them, and I feel like there's not much left. I'm really starting to wonder if I did this all wrong. She has always nursed a lot, almost every hour, day and night...she still does if we're at home a whole day. I have recently successfully weaned her at night (between 11pm-6am that is), using Dr. Jay Gordons advice.
She has been sick a lot this past winter, almost every other week, and does not eat very well. She doesn't like a lot of foods, and she doesn't like to feed herself. As a result of this she has anemia, and who knows maybe some other vitamin or mineral deficiency. I'm really worried, as I've seen that her hair has started to thin out in certain areas.
It's so hard for me to deal with this eating situation...she really doesn't want to eat much at all. All she eats is yogurt, beans, sunflower seeds, nuts and bananas...seriously...no meat, no veggies or other fruit. I offer other foods, but she doesn't want it. She doesn't want to sit down at the table, and just grazes throughout the day. On top of it she has a terrible temper, and will scream her lungs off, and throw herself on the floor if she doesn't get her way.
I thought I was doing the best thing for my child by breastfeeding her so much, but i'm starting to doubt it now...maybe if I would have introduced foods sooner and developed more of a schedule she would now sit down and eat like other kids her age.
I am also worried she has developmental delays, because her motor skills are not good, for example she can't dress herself, and she doesn't run...she just walks very fast. She also doesn't seem to understand when I try to explain how to do certain things, and she gets super frustrated when she can't do something.
Going to the doc this wednesday, and I know they are not going to like the breastfeeding. I've already had one doc blame me, ask me how the anemia happened, saying that my daughter doesn't exactly shop for food herself.
I feel like a bad mother and I'm so worried I've done things so wrong. I don't know if I should keep breastfeeding, or if I should stop, and hope that she will eat more. It will be hell though, and she will go crazy.
Also last but not least, going trough a difficult time in my personal life...have been forced to be separated from my partner, my daughters dad for about a year, and now he has told me he doesn't want to be with me any more. I'm sure she feels this too.
Sorry for the long and rambling post...just need some support.