I have very mixed feelings about this. I love nursing my daughter and my goal was two years. It's been a long road. When DD was born early, I had to finger feed and pump then when I got her on the breast, I needed to use a nipple shield until she was 9 months old. Months four through seven were a huge nursing challenge where I had to coax her to nurse and I never thought we'd make it to a year. Now she's 15 months and I couldn't be more proud of our BFing.
When she isn't teething, she's good about only getting up once or twice in the night now which I can handle. When she is teething, she's up like a newborn.
What's made me think of at least partially weaning her (during the day and working more on her falling asleep by other means than the boob) is that she's becoming brutal with me. Sometimes, she quietly nurses, but half the time she's trying to tear my hair out, put her fingers in my mouth/ears/anywhere she thinks she can, pull on my clothes, play with things etc. She will suck incredibly hard and bite a lot no matter how often I pop her off and let her relatch. Sometimes it seems to be overtiredness, but sometimes she's just fussy and wants to nurse but can't seem to do it comfortably for both of us. I have tried different positions, places, pre-nursing activities etc and not much seems to change it.
Anyone else have this happen to them? It's been going on for a few months now. DH keeps saying "maybe it's time to wean" because he can't stand see/hear about it. A lot of the time it's at night, so maybe our bedtime routine needs an overhaul.
Ideally, I'd like to let her still nurse in the morning and at night. My big hesitation is that she's not great with a sippy yet. She can use it, but if I try to give her milk in it (even EBM) she only sips it casually. She'll drink water out of it fine, but milk she just looks at me like I'm nuts. I try to offer it to her more and more and try all types of sippy cups (valve and straw) but it feels like I'm not getting anywhere. The other thing is we just found out our offer got accepted on the house we wanted (after a four month wait!!!!) so we'll be moving soon, and I know that's not a good time to wean.
Sorry this is so long winded, I just am at a loss on what to do. I need to do something because her "bad" nursing sessions become such a (painful and emotional) chore, but I feel awful because DD is so attached.