My fifteen-month-old girl is in her first week in the Toddler Room at daycare, and not adjusting well to dropoffs. They tell me that she calms down a few minutes after I leave, but I leave her sobbing. Staying longer trying to comfort her just seems to prolong the sadness and crying, and I've been gently encouraged to just leave. She had been in the Infant Room with the same ladies since she was less than 2 months old, and was always happy to be passed off from me to one of them at dropoff.
She's been more clingy at home, too -- there has been a lot more in-home babywearing (toddlerwearing?) so I can get things done while keeping her in my arms. Crying when I leave the room to go to the bathroom, etc.
The breastfeeding part is that she wants to nurse All Night Long. And just all the time, really, once she is back with me. I took her out of daycare early yesterday b/c my mom and sister came to visit, and she just wanted quick "hits" of nursing much more frequently than she had in a while. (Honestly, I was impressed and relieved that neither my mom nor my sister took issue with it, b/c I'm pretty sure we were all weaned a lot earlier than 15 months!)
I guess I just want some reassurance that this is normal toddler behavior during a stressful transition, and that I'm not a bad mama who is letting her be too attached to me.