I was hoping somebody else would chime in with advice. Neither of my kids ever took binkies. I nursed my son for almost 2 years, and my daughter is almost 19 months old now, still nursing, still relying on the breast for comfort sucking. It's tough. I'm really, really close to weaning. At least my son would use a bottle, but my daughter doesn't even like sippy cups anymore - she only wants milk boxes now. Not sure what we're going to do. :/
I struggle with this one myself. All I can say is that it does get better. At 7 months he may be experiencing a bit of separation anxiety and using you as a binky is possibly a security thing. My son is now 15 months old and he has always refused a pacifier. The only thing that seems to work for me when he gets into his comfort sucking mode is to wait until he is sleeping soundly and then switch the position I'm holding him in. If I gently pull him off and immediately move him to my shoulder instead of holding him in the cradle position he will usually continue to sleep without nursing. Then I let him sleep on my shoulder for a few minutes before I actually move him to his bed. Although, if he's not sleeping soundly when I try to move him he just cries and we have to start the process over. When he was younger there were times I had to sit on the sofa with him for close to an hour because I couldn't get him to let go without crying. That rarely happens anymore. He is so curious about his surroundings that he doesn't want to sit still for the comfort sucking. Try to enjoy the cuddly moments while they are here, annoying as they may be at times. Our little ones will be grown before we know it!
Hey. My daughter is 9 months today.. she was exactly the same about two weeks ago. she was always nursing n would fall asleep on my boob n i would try to pull it out but she would bite n keep sucking. one day she completely refused my boob. everytime i wanna breastfeed her she cries n doesnt want it. she didnt eat well for a few days but she"s gradually drinking more breast milk from a sippy cup. I think she just weaned herself. I dont know if this is normal and i dont have an answer to why your son is doin this or if he will do the same thing as my daughter but I'm sure its a phase they go thru.. try to rock him to sleep cus now my daughter has to fall asleep by being rocked and it works. just be calm when he tries to fight his sleep. good luck