My son is 15 months old. Until recently, we were nursing maybe 5-7 times per day. Just the past week or so, he has really ramped up the nursing. I work during the week, but over the weekend I was home with him and I swear I could barely put my boobs away before he was 'asking' to nurse again. It's been like this for about a week, anytime I'm home, the only thing he wants is to nurse. Last week, he wouldn't even eat his dinner at the table with us, he kept motioning that he wanted to get out and then he'd come to me and want to nurse. Usually he's a great eater and I'm not sure what's going on. Yesterday he was also really fussy. I do think it may be teething-related; he's getting two teeth on the bottom next to the center ones (he's a late teether) and I can see bumps on his gums where his molars will come in.
I love nursing him but the non-stop thing is getting a tiring. I know if it's teething related it will eventually stop and if he needs this right now while he's teething then I guess I want to give it to him. I'm not sure if it is teething related, though. I'll stick it out another week or two but I could use some advice on how to begin to set nursing limits in case he doesn't stop this on his own. Reassurance that this is temporary and that other toddlers do this too would also be helpful. Right now, anytime I refuse to nurse him the moment he wants he gets very upset with me. I try to tell him 'later' but I don't think he understands that concept, at 15 months. Any suggestions? Distract him and offer a snack I guess? I'm just a bit worn out by having my 15 month old attached to my boob more than when he was a newborn! DH is concerned we're 'going backward' with weaning since he's been refusing to eat dinner and only wants to nurse. We're both happy to have him keep nursing awhile longer but just not this often!