My ds is nearly 3.5. I cut daytime nursing a couple of months ago and told him it was only for night time which has gone pretty well. Lately, however, he is throwing tantrums here and there during the day because he wants to nurse. I do not nurse him but find other ways to console him.
The night wakings (3-4 times per night) are killing me. I never feel fully rested and nursing a big kid is different than a baby/toddler and it's not so easy for me to just fall back asleep. I want to be rested. My children and my health depend on it. I also would like to have the option of not being home at bedtime sometime in the near future so I can be somewhat social again. So last night Was my first night of not nursing( I did nurse him to sleep at bedtime and also back to sleep this morning or he'd have been horribly sleep deprived. But he woke 4x in the night) and it was awful. He cried so much and told me I was rude, mean, how much he loves nursing, how sad I'm making him. It's breaking my heart and I feel like I'm breaking his.
I won't end co sleeping so that's not an option. Nor is having his dad attend to night wakings.
Can anyone share a similar experience? Tell me it's going to be better tonight? Assure me I am doing the right thing? A hug??? Lol I always hoped it would happen on it's own but I see no end in sight and...I'm tired.
Thanks for reading.