There are changes going on in our lives right now. My almost-two year old is potty learning and he has become very defiant towards us and sometimes mean. He hits us and talks back - typical two year old behavior, but I'm just at my wits end with him. I'm already tearing up even thinking that I may have come to this decision to wean him.
He still nurses quite a bit. During the week he nurses in the morning, after work, before bed and throughout the night when he wakes. On weekends when I am home with him he will nurse 5-7 times a day.
He says "nurse please?" or "nursies -- please?" when he wants to nurse and in addition he signs "please" and cries when I tell him no. I can tell I am hurting his heart and I really don't want to hurt him. His latch sucks lately and I don't want to nurse him.
I feel guilty. I wanted him to be in charge and decide when he was done. I feel like he still benefits nutritionally from breast milk (and very much so emotionally)....he is not on the growth charts at all for height or weight for his age (19lbs/30.5") - and I'm not sure if cutting out breast milk will have a negative effect on his already slow growth.
My cycle is all messed up. It never was before becoming pregnant with him, I am just beginning to learn how to chart my cycle so I can figure out what's going on, but I am sure it has tons to do with the fact that we are still breastfeeding.
I just don't know what to do. I am so sad and stressed and I feel like weaning will be so so hard and that he's not ready. I just want to love it and have it be easy. I don't even know that weaning is the answer.
I told him that he couldn't nurse this morning before work and I feel so so much guilt. I'm just very sad and need some help please. My husband has supported my decision to possibly wean but asked me "well how long are you supposed to nurse for?" --- well I dunno! What do you guys think?