I'm not even sure what my question is, but just wondering if anyone has had this experience. My 10 month old has been more obsessed with the boob than ever before and its actually getting a bit hard to deal with. He was exclusively breastfed until 6 months and since then has really taken to solid food. He's always been a snacker, nursing for short periods on demand. But recently its magnified. When I'm with him he just alternates between playing with his toys and pulling at my shirt wanting to nurse. The idea of nursing every 2/3 hours is a thing of the past. It's like constant. That would be all well and good if it relaxed or soothed him, but I'm afraid it makes him unsatisfied.
He sucks and then looks away and then comes back and so on. It's like he just wants the option of coming over and nursing for a second. When we're on the couch relaxing at home its easy enough, but out in public its kinda difficult for me to just have my shirt off, duh.
Plus he's started waking up at ungodly hours (4am) and I'll go in and nurse him in the rocker and then try to put him back down. He refuses to go and so I've taken to bringing him to bed with us where he proceeds to spend an hour doing the whole nurse, pull away, nurse, pull away while lying next to me and kind of whining. So I can't get back to sleep, and neither can he.
To add to this, he basically refuses to nurse on my left side, so its totally drying up and my right is sore! And after being sick for the last week with hand foot and mouth, he's stopped using the actual pacifier that he was so addicted to before. (blessing and curse.)
My first inclination is that he's going through a growth spurt and maybe I don't have enough milk and he's frustrated. But he's gaining weight and height and I'm pretty sure he's not starving. Plus I've been consistently pumping the same amount for the last month or so, so nothing has changed in that department.
Another idea is just that he's going through the separation anxiety stuff and he just wants to touch base (every 5 secs.) He's definitely been more clingy and so its entirely possible that this is the culprit. Of course I love that he gets comfort from being near me, but sometimes he just doesn't seem soothed by it. Like it makes him hyper.
Anyway, I'm just tired from our 4-8am nursing/getting ready for work session this morning and was wondering if anyone who has been through this and came out the other end can share their experience.