I think I've posted here once before but I read all the time. I didn't see a post dealing with this when I just looked though so hopefully you ladies can help.
I am breastfeeding my almost 13 month old. He typically nurses 4 - 5 times a day and once overnight (for a while he wasn't nursing between 7-4 though so not sure if the 4am is night or morning, LOL)
My question is regarding nighttime. For a long while now, I have had him on a once a night nursing (maybe more if he is teething or sick or something). If he woke up before that, my husband would go in to soothe. He always did just fine. Recently though if he wakes soon after he goes down and my husband goes in to soothe he loses.his.mind. Last night he went down at 8, woke up at 12. My husband would typically be the one to soothe at that wake up because he goes much longer than that at night without nursing. He went in and my son just got HYSTERICAL (angry, angry cry). The moment I walked in the room, he was completely silent and totally fine. I nursed, put him down and he slept until 5. He's done this a few times over the past week. It's just so not like him.
Is this odd? He was accepting comfort from my husband just fine before. It's frustrating on a few levels: For my husband, of course, but for me because, while I don't feel the need to night wean completely, in the past when I have nursed him for every wake up to make it easier, it just leads to him waking up more and more and more until it's unmanageable. Plus, I'm now scared to leave him with anyone after he's gone to sleep (which I have to do for my sister's wedding next weekend). I don't want him to be that upset.
I was happy with our arrangement how it was, nursing once overnight (sometimes not at all) and then early morning. I wish I knew what changed.
Anyway, this got long but has anyone dealt with this? Does this seem like typical behavior? Why do you think the change? Anything I can do? I don't want to deny him when he wants me but I also don't want to start a habit of nursing all night long again. I was a miserable mother when I wasn't sleeping at least 6 hours. I'm sure you all know the feeling.