I have a 19 month old. Lately, he has not been very nice about his nursing, constantly kicking and scratching and pinching as well as demanding to nurse every hour or so, and if he does not get it, he throws a horrible fit every time, with screaming off the top of his lungs and clawing at me and throwing things. Its not pretty...
So, how does one set limits and teach a toddler like this nursing manners?
We just had a horror episode at home - yesterday, while nursing, he kicked me so hard that he gave me a black eye. So, today, as I was nursing him, I told him - no kicking, or I am taking the boob away. He tried to kick me as hard as he could at that. So, I unlatched him told him that if he kicks there will be no milk, and put him in his crib.
He screamed there, horribly, for 5 minutes, before I sent my husband in to deal with him. I knew that giving in at this would be a huge mistake. So, with my husband trying to comfort him (and he is usually very good), my son screamed and kicked and hit for over an hour. I felt like the worst mother in the world during it, but I figured if I give in, it would just show him that tantrums will get him everything he wants. He is not sick, not hungry - it was just me nursing him down for a nap after a huge lunch he had, not uncomfortable, none of that.
What can I do???? I don't think I can handle another tantrum like this, on the other hand, this behavior really has to stop, its horrible.
He is so bad, indeed, that I am no longer planning on having a second child as I was planning before....