I have a 9 mo daughter who is a frequent nurser (every hour??), always nurses to sleep, and recently is also becoming upset sometimes when away from me (e.g. when I walk out of the room). I usually work from home, but in the next two months I will need to go in to work some days. The hours are fairly flexible and my husband can bring the baby to me to nurse, but it would really put a wrench in his day, and also interrupt my meetings with supervisors (making me look bad) if he has to do that every hour or every time she wakes up a little.
Lately it has become more difficult to put her to sleep even nursing, unless we lie down in bed together. Otherwise she is often too stimulated. Also, often she wakes up after one sleep cycle but is still tired, and cries to nurse to fall back asleep for the second half of her nap. I feel like her mood is really dependent on her sleep, and her sleep is really dependent on my being there to nurse her, preferably in a quiet place. She cries for me when she wants to nurse or sleep, or if she wakes up a little bit from a nap, or if I left when she wasn't quite fully asleep (wants to fall into a deep sleep with my nipple in her mouth).
It would be so nice if DH and baby could stay at home while I go to work for 5 hours, but that doesn't seem at all possible because of her need to nurse so frequently. I also have a 5-day conference coming up in a couple of weeks (here in our city), during which I would like to attend as many sessions as possible, but my husband doesn't want to be stuck hanging around in corridors all day with a baby, waiting for me to show up with my boobs every hour.
She eats lots of solids, but only nurses to drink. We haven't had any luck introducing a bottle of expressed breast milk, and we haven't tried a sippy cup but she can drink water out of a spoon. Should we be teaching her to take my milk from a cup, and would that cut down on her need to nurse so frequently? Is there anything else we could do so that I can be away from her for longer periods? Part of it may be about increasing my husband's confidence, but it would be such a big help if she didn't want to nurse so often, and didn't need it to fall asleep!
Sorry for the long post, hope someone can help.