My daughter is 15 months. She has always had lots of trouble with sleep. She woke up every 45 min of her life until about 10 months old. We cosleep and nurse to sleep, she nurses very often at night and right now she nurses a ton in the day as well. She is not a big fan of solids, but is healthy, gaining, etc. No developmental issues.
So, for the last 5-7 months her night wakings are so much worse. She sits up crying, even howling, every time she wakes. On a typical night this is about 4+ times during the time we sleep together, which is about 10pm-6:30am.
Part of me wants to try a slow, gentle night weaning. Mostly because her wakings are very loud, crying out for "babies", which is nursing. She yells. She sits up, she is obviously upset each time she wakes but I've never left her side.
But the other part of me is so upset even thinking about it! Did anyone else have this problem? I am so emotional about it. My husband and I decided he would do bedtime with her and she seems to be fine so far (we switched to nursing on the couch and reading before bed vs nursing to sleep). But at dinner tonight I burst into tears about the whole thing. I'm thinking this means some part of me senses this is wrong for us? I know everyone says it's fine to place limits, but it just feels so weird when we worked so hard for her to want to nurse!
Just wondering what others have experienced. I think it's also really hard because she and I kept our relationship alive with night nursing for so many months when she generally refused to nurse in the day. The night wakings, even as disruptive as they are, are bearable as long as I'm not sick or over tired. Then it becomes a real issue.