I need some help.
We have a 14 month old son who we cannot fully wean. He eats solid food all day, and only nurses to nap/sleep. But that’s the problem, he will not sleep without nursing. Now my wife is pregnant again, and we really need to get this boy off the momma milk.
The real problem started about 3 weeks ago. EVERY NIGHT since, he’s woken up at 2-3 am, and he wants to pacify himself with the breast. He doesn’t eat, he just mouths it, he’ll do it for hours if you let him. When my wife tries to detach him, he bursts into a full blown rage, wakes up, and won’t sleep. Since my wife’s pregnant again, she’s sensitive, and can’t sleep while he’s pacifying himself. This is killing both of us.
We co-sleep. Mistake! I know, we should have done it right and trained him to sleep in the crib from a young age, but he’s our first and we had no idea how to do that. He’s a very, well, ornery child, no other way to put it.
Anyway, I know most of this is our fault for not just crib training him to sleep through the night when his body was old enough. He’s 14 months, it’s ridiculous that he’s still doing this.
However we have no clue how to break his need to nurse/pacify before going to sleep. I’m totally stumped!!! Help! We’ve tried everything, pacifiers, water bottles, (cow) milk bottles, sheesh, everything. He spits them out and blows up into a rage. :eek:
The only other solution I see, is to move the crib (which is attached to our bed) into the other room, and just let him scream till he throws up or passes out. Is this the only way?!?!?