I am *strongly* considering weaning DD. Her nursing has been driving me up the wall for months now. She is 31 months now (just over 2.5) and absolutely obsessed with nursing. If I allowed it, she would nurse 20X or more a day. I take her on outings, we do activities, I try to keep her as busy as possible but she has an absolute meltdown tantrum if she can't nurse. I have desperately tried to cut out feeds (and have sort of succeeded) but i'd say she still nurses on average about 6-10 times a day plus all night. Night weaning has never worked, predominantly because we have to sleep in the same bed and I have no other parent to take over bedtime.
I am a single mom, a full time student and I don't have the time or energy to keep this up all the time (it's really not fun, and it upsets me to have to literally take her off of me screaming). I was 20 when I had DD and my goal was to breastfeed for 6 months. I'm 24 now and DD will be 3 in December and I feel proud of what we have accomplished....but I don't think being proud of it warrants ending something she is so desperately attached to.
At the end of august I am going away for 3 nights (4 days) without her. I have done 2 nights(3 days) and she did just fine. When i'm not around she looks for me but will go to sleep with little fuss for her grandparents. I'm wondering if I should attempt to wean (or seriously cut down to 1-2 feedings before then), and also thinking she may not be interested when I get back? Preferably i'd like to have such a low number of feedings that I don't risk getting severely engorged etc while I am away, although I would be open to continuing nursing when I get back although not at the same frequency.
Any thoughts? TIA