my 6 month old baby is a constant suckler. i am a single mom who has been co-sleeping with levi since birth. i realized about a couple of months ago that he needs to suckle at night every half hour. everyone asks if he sleeps through the night, and the answer is yes, but i don't. he's constantly rooting for my nipple and finds it, and suckles. the result is that he won't sleep without my nipple in his mouth, and i've got a really really bad back, and am simply not sleeping at night. i have tried a pacifier, and he's not interested. i've tried patting his back...nothing works. he wiggles and writhes and punches and flops until i give in. last night i gave up and put him in his crib, put earplugs in and went to sleep on the couch.
since i don't have anyone to help me out with this i'm super frustrated. i can't take it anymore, but at the same time i don't have anyone to provide relief.
i hate to make him go cold turkey, because i feel we'll both be wrecks, but i'm at my wit's end.