My daughter is 17 months and loves to nurse. She is my third baby and my last so I would like to nurse her until she's ready to stop, however her demands for nursing are driving me nuts. If I am sitting down it's nearly a guarantee that she will come to me to nurse (I'm homeschooling my oldest so sitting at the computer is frequent). Subsequently I spend a lot of time typing one handed. Also, at night she would prefer to be glued to my breast. I have tried night weaning only to have a few good nights followed by some extremely anxiety ridden (for both of us) nights of screaming and demanding. In the last few weeks she has began her toddler tantrums (screaming, arching her back, throwing herself on the floor, etc) and is implementing her new skills in the middle of the night... all night long.
During the day I try to re-direct her attention to a toy or a snack, but at night all I can do is cuddle her or ignore her. Neither option is having a positive result. The cuddling leads to her trying to crawl back inside me (I swear that's what it feels like, the child is trying to claw her way back in) while alternating between screaming and begging for the breast, and leaving her in her crib and ignoring her makes her panic.
I need a change. I do not want to stop nursing, she does not want to stop nursing, but she is not responding to any kind of structure. My boys were so much easier.