I started weaning DD slowly about 5 weeks ago. It's now been about a week that I have stopped BF. Ever since I completely stopped, DD has been soooo difficult to get to sleep! She whines, cries, fusses, takes HOURS of rocking to get her to sleep.. meanwhile she's climbing all over me, will fall asleep then shriek the second I put her down.. Before we were putting her down drowsy but awake and she was fine. This happens for naps, bedtime and when she wakes up at night. It's been taking us an average of 2 hours to get her back to sleep in the middle of the night! Not only that but she's been refusing FF more and more lately and every bottle is a fight to get 2-3 ounces down. She's not eating much solids either..
Now, she did just get 4 teeth in, but all 4 have broken through and are pretty exposed now. I know that could have been part to do with it.. and maybe I'm feeling a bit emotionally strained from having stopped BF, but I really think that's the main problem.
Today DD took 1 nap (yesterday too). She's been up for 6 hours so I know she's exhausted but she was fighting sleep for the last hour. We have a great bedtime routine that hasn't changed in months. I know that's not the problem. So tonight she drank 2 oz before bed, fought DH so I went in and got her to drink another ounce (her last bottle before this was 3 oz 4 hours ago). She was rubbing her eyes, clearly exhausted so I rocked her, she climbed everywhere, stood on me, etc.. Finally I put her down, she screamed and I played her crib soother. She was happy, then she turned it off and threw a fit. I tried rocking her again, bottle, everything.. she was just crying and whining and trying to climb all over me again.
She was clawing at me trying to latch on through my clothes, lifting my shirt up and trying to suck my stomach (seriously, she left hickey marks!). Finally I didn't know what else to do so I went ahead and nursed her. It did actually sound like she was drinking so I guess there might be a little left.. but it really can't be much! I tried swapping out for a bottle and she screamed again and then latched on and fell asleep w/in a minute!
So now I feel horrible and like I weaned her too early, emotionally for her. What can I do to make this easier on her? I already took it super slowly, I giver her tons (extra) cuddle time during the day. What else can I do? Or any tips to get her to sleep more easily?? (for the record, she saw the pedi last week. no ear infection, perfect health...)
Whew this is long.. thanks for listening and any suggestions!