It happened this way with the twins too- instead of getting less interested in nursing as they got older, they became obsessed.
Marin is nursing more now than she did at 10 months. I can’t even hold her without her pestering me for some milk. Nursing no longer sends her into blissful la-la land of drunken sleep- instead she wants to nurse and Nurse and NURSE all night long. And all day too.
She has worn out her welcome.
Last night I realized that I no longer enjoyed breastfeeding her. I dread it. I’ve been gamely playing along for awhile now, while my resentful feelings slowly built, because she’s been sick off and on so much.
But she’s feeling better now. And nursing more than she was last week. The other morning, I switched sides 6 (SIX!!!) times between 5 and 6 am. In the past, if she woke that early, I could briefly nurse her and she’d snuggle next to me and sleep. Now, she’ll snuggle next to me only if I INSERT! NIPPLE! IN! MOUTH! And NOW! If I do not comply, she SCREAMS, and thus keeps wakes the whole family.
Clearly her tunnel vision is effecting her sleep. And mine.
Last night she was SO mad at us for not nursing her. We were up with her for HOURS while she dozed and protested. I did not give in. Finally she went back to sleep.
I wish I could continue to breastfeed for awhile. At 12 months, when she was just nursing before naps and bedtime, I was so content with our ways. I was not eager to wean. But things are different now. If only she would have stayed like she was then. But Noooooo, she had to go get all milk-junkie on me.
Let the smackdown continue.