LO still night-nurses. I work outside of the home, so that's about the only time he nurses, except sometimes before naps on the weekends. Lately, there has been a resurgence in night-nursing, probably due to recent illness/teething. So much so, that my right side actually started producing milk again (it had been all but dried-up for months). He starts the night out in his crib and ends up with us after his first waking. When all is well (no illness/teething/milestone activity), he'll sleep in his crib straight through until morning. When all is not well, he comes in with us at least 1/2-way through the night and spends much of it nursing and tossing/turning. He still associates nursing with sleep, but the problem is, it doesn't really work for him anymore, except at the start of the night. Therefore, he asks over and over and over...but remains awake. Frankly, I hate the feeling of comfort nursing at his age. I think it's the teeth - it's just not that comfortable for me anymore.
My heart tells me this is just a phase and that I should be there for him like I have with every other phase. But since he's 18 months now and I am so exhausted all the time (these phases happen over and over), there's part of me that's considering weaning him from night-nursing. Of course, that won't guarantee me more sleep, since the nursing doesn't really help w/ sleep anymore anyway! But maybe it would make him more willing to be soothed by DH in the night. Right now, it's all Mummy, all the time. I. am. so. tired.
Any advice? Empathy?