I know I don't really belong in this forum because my little guy is only 11 months. But we are having some issues and I really need a pep talk from some extended bfers. I have always had every intention of nursing Zach well into toddlerhood, but things have been so hard in the last couple of months that I find myself entertaining thoughts of quitting - even counting the days until he turns 1. Our biggest problem is biting and its been going on for 2 months! I've tried everything (except hitting him or pulling his hair - I can't do that) and he'll have 3 or 4 good days and then he goes back to biting again. I am so tense now when I nurse him. I dread nursing time now and that makes me so sad. Not to mention the pain and having to change blood-stained shirts all the time. As a last resort I have been curtailing his nursing frequency trying only feed him when he is really serious about nursing. Its working okay. He doesn't seem to miss the "snack feedings" during the day. And at least he hasn't broken the skin in about a week. BUT now he's started to wake up more frequently to nurse at night. (At least he doesn't bite at night.) We had been at a point where he slept at least one 2-3 hour stretch every night, but now he's up every hour or more again. I am exhausted and I've had a cold for 3 weeks that I can't seem to shake. I just want to cry.
I'm sorry for complaining, but I am just so discouraged right now. I hate feeling so negatively about nursing my sweet little guy. I want to keep nursing. I will keep nursing. But the biting and the pain and the not sleeping are starting to take a toll on me. I just don't know what to do.
Thanks for letting me vent if you got this far. Any advice would be appreciated.