I'm so frustrated right now. I'm trying to wean my 17 mo dd. It started out well - the bedtime nursing went easily. But the other two - naptime and early morning - have been really difficult. She absolutely will not take a nap without nursing, which means that she's not napping at all. Right now she's in her crib crying because she's tired and doesn't want to go to sleep without nursing. I can't handle this, it's driving me bananas! If I give in, she'll just learn that throwing a fit gets her what she wants and then I'll be in even bigger trouble. Plus, I am really ready to be done with nursing - 17 months has been absolutely wonderful, but for goodness sakes, it's long enough.
We are down to just one nursing - in the early morning hours, around 5-6 AM. God only knows how I will drop that one - she throws a tantrum if I try to delay her by even 10 or 15 minutes (I have a rule that I don't nurse before 5 AM; some mornings I am watching the clock).
My pedi suggested I wean her at a year. She said that waiting makes it harder because toddlers are so headstrong when it comes to these kinds of things. I am beginning to wonder if I made a mistake in waiting a few more months.
Someone please help me get through this situation. Just please don't suggest I continue nursing until she gives it up, I really do want to wean her. And I am really worn out today - last night was a tough one and now she won't take a nap.
I feel like such a failure. I can't even get my daughter to take a nap!