Am I ever glad to find this resource - I am about at the end of my rope and hope that someone might be able to offer some advice.
I'm emotionally and physically ready to wean my almost-14-month old daughter, but she's taken to throwing huge tantrums anytime that I deny and try to distract her from nursing. During the week when I'm at work (or when I'm traveling) she's fine without nursing and takes the occasional bottle and lots of sippy cups. So on weekdays we're only nursing a couple of times a day - which I'd be fine continuing. The problem is that on the weekends she wants to nurse almost hourly, and will pull up my shirt/throw a tantrum/generally freak out until she gets her way.
A month ago I decided that we just weren't ready to wean yet, so I put it on the backburner, but she's teething hard - and biting harder, to the point that I was bleeding yesterday (after FOUR nursing sessions in under 90 minutes).
I know that a big part of the problem is that she's become a very, very picky eater and so a part of nursing is hunger. But I know a MUCH bigger part of it is good ol' mommy comfort. But this WAY too tired and stressed mommy is getting no comfort from our once amazing nursing relationship.
I talked to my ped about it and they essentially said, "Just let her scream and leave the room and have your husband deal with it." But that doesn't work when I'm home alone (I can't bear the thought of leaving her screaming for me in her crib) OR when we're traveling/out. I realized yesterday when I had to leave my nephew's baptism because of a nursing tantrum that I had to figure something out (I'm normally a HUGE NIPer, but it just wasn't the time... long story).
I want her to know that I still love her so much, but that it's time for momma-moo-moo to stop. (Ah, the irony that it took 4 LC visits, nipple shields, horrible mastitis, and nights of sobbing to GET her to nurse, and now I can't get her to STOP!)
ANY help would be appreciated!