Re: Difficult mornings! Time to wean?
This sounds similar to something I go through off and on with my 19mo DD, and have for several months now. She will take spells where that morning nurse goes so long I start getting impatient, and often the areola will start to feel sore. (My actual nipples rarely get sore, but my areolae sometimes feel like they're taking a beating with toddler nursing!)
I hadn't really considered the possibility of inadequate supply. I have been assuming that DD's hungry and taking the easy solution by trying to get breakfast from me--and I've also been assuming that perhaps she's trying to get more than she "should" expect to at this age. (And I hadn't really examined those assumptions until you posted!)
When it starts to get uncomfortable, emotionally and/or physically, I have been trying redirecting by suggesting solids. "Is it time for some strawberries this morning?" Most of the time she'll unlatch and pop up her head, grin, and exclaim "C'mon!" On mornings that she doesn't, I'll usually let it go a few minutes longer, then end the session and tell her why: "Okay, it's diaper time now," or even "We need to go to the kitchen now; Mommy needs coffee!" This has been my personal compromise--instead of a full wean, a "push" in that direction. (I am usually not a morning person, so I relish that morning nursing session as a way--or an excuse? --to ease us into the day.)
I have no idea whether my assumptions are correct, and my experience and solution may not be yours. It may be something to think about, though!
Last edited by @llli*mama.jen; October 6th, 2011 at 08:33 AM.
Reason: To clarify time frame. Because I'm compulsive that way.
Happy Toddler, 19 months, still bfeeding
Late Son, passed at age 8, bfed 5 months
Daughter the Elder, age 19 yrs, bfed for 22 months