Hi all. My 20 month old nurses to go to sleep. I work twice a week and when the sitter is here, my DD still gets tired at her naptime - 12:30pm - but doesn't go to sleep until she passes out from exhaustion at around 3pm. Once in a while, she'll settle down and go to sleep on time but she has to have the sitter hold her for the 2nd half of the nap. Basically, she's very alert and somewhat clingy.
I really want to stop nursing but don't want her to feel rejected. So I was happy when she seemed to be losing interest. She'd do it for ten minutes or so and then I'd put her in her car seat (where she naps) and that would be that. At night, it's usually about ten minutes and we're both lying down on my bed. She just falls asleep and then we move her into her room.
Here's the weird part: because of a medical condition she has, she still doesn't know how to chew food. She's still on purees, yogurt, all soft food about twice a day and has toddler formula for the rest of her meals.
We started feeding therapy about three weeks ago and whammo - all of a sudden she wanted to nurse more. Not only that but she won't let me put her down for her nap. She has to nurse through the WHOLE TWO HOURS or she cries like a newborn. I am freaking out because with her teeth and her general increased strength, it's hurting me a lot. Plus she really doesn't sleep well. And I have never had a good nursing position so my back is killing me.
I will try to pull out of her mouth during her naptime and I'll even say "no more" and she wails.
Anyone else have this with their toddler? Do you think it has something to do with her increased soft food intake? AND HOW DO I GET HER TO STOP NURSING? I really don't want to go cold turkey on her since I don't think that's fair.
Any advice, tricks, etc would be greatly appreciated.