My son will be a year old on June 12th and I'm still breastfeeding. He eats a wide variety of solid foods and drinks 2 10-oz sippy cups full of water/juice (mostly water with just a bit of juice for flavor) a day. He's always been rather clingy, and he never took a bottle or binkie, which, while being frustrating at times for me, I took in stride. He has 8 teeth and I think he's teething again (getting canines on the top, but he won't let me get a really good look).
So, the problem is; he won't play for more than an hour without coming over and whining at me for a breast. I've tried. EVERYTHING. He still won't take binkies and now he not only won't take a bottle but he hates formula (we tried putting some in his sippy cup). The sippy cup is apparently not a replacement in his mind for the breast, because when I offer it when he comes for a feeding, he gets upset and will throw the cup, cry, hit at me, etc. He won't cuddle with me as an alternative, either, he just cries and throws himself around. I don't think I'd be so frustrated if it weren't for two things: he's hurting me, and it's not a "quick feed".
He leaves deep grooves in my nipple from his teeth, and today he actually drew blood. He's also not using me for sustenance, he will sit there and stare out the window, or try to put his hand down my shirt, etc. At night ( we co-sleep, which is about to end since we finally can afford a crib, but he does this sometimes during the day, too), he pinches me, hits me, kicks me and tries to play with my other breast. My husband is incredibly supportive and will give him naps (he doesn't sleep on his own, he has to sleep on one of us, which again, is going to change after we get his crib, and yes, I know it will be horrible, lol), but after 20 minutes or so he will wake up and cry and won't calm down until he gets a breast.
Lol...reading over this it sounds like he's abusing me! Honestly though, I can't do anything. Even when he's snoring on daddy's chest, I sit on the couch and stare into space, waiting, knowing that he'll wake up any minute and yell for mommy.
I wonder if any of you lovely ladies have had any similar experiences? Does it go away with time? I would be willing to wait for him to outgrow it, but at this point it seems like with every passing month it gets worse. HE is comfortable with the arrangement. Not only that, I'm trying to get into the Army and while my recruiter says people aren't shipping out until November, I still need to start weaning, and he's been incredibly resistant. Help!