Re: 2.5 yo is the worst sleeper ever! want to wean.
Hi there! I'm sorry things are so hard for you now. You should probably try to start with day-weaning or night-weaning. I wonder if you got one of those under control if you would feel a little better about your situation?
You didn't do anything wrong mama, she is just clinging to you in this way because it is a comfort to her. She would be getting comfort from you in some other way if she weren't nursing.
If I was going to day wean, I would make sure that we were out and busy all day long except for when it was naptime, because I would probably keep nursing at sleep times available. And just stay busy busy busy for a couple weeks. I was surprised at how easy it was to get my first child at 2 years old to stop nursing on demand all day, I thought I would not be able to get her to stop. But I kept her busy and every time she seemed to want to nurse, I would head her off with a trip to the playground or something. And I would hand her bits of food while she was playing so that she didn't get hungry.
If I was going to night wean a child your daughter's age, I would probably talk about it for a couple days that on Friday, we could nurse when the sun went down and then nurse again when the sun came up. And then every time she woke in the night I would tell her, the nurses are sleeping, we can nurse again when it's morning and light out. I imagine that there would be crying, but if I really wanted to night wean, and I was there comforting her, I would be ok with it. I will probably take this approach with my 14 month old when she's around 2 if she's still nursing all night long.
Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months