My daughter is 2 (almost 27 months), and still an avid nurser: in fact she seems, if anything, even more eager to nurse now than she was a year ago. If I try to persuade her to wait, or else try to get her to nurse for just ten minutes, or while I sing ten songs, or some other strategy so I'm not stuck with it for an hour, then she has a tantrum. Even bribing her with toys or cookies doesn't work. Nights aren't too bad now; she usually wakes up once or twice, but usually not till around 5, nurses for five minutes and goes back to sleep. I think I could get her off the night nursing entirely if it was important to me right now; I've night weaned her temporarily before now. But it's not such a major concern. It's the endless daytime nursings that are getting to me. When she wakes up in the morning, she wants to nurse for literally an hour. She has a hysterical screaming fit if I take time out to go get a glass of juice, or if I try to persuade her to get on to the next stage, have breakfast, whatever. I"ve tried reasoning with her, too ("Mummy's tired, the nannies are tired now, let's play with X. now and nurse again later" or "you had it already, it's all finished". Doesn't work. My daughter has more insight into the wishes of my breasts than I do. "NANNY'S NOT A BIT TIRED SAYS BAD WITCH. NANNY WANTS TO NURSE SHE SAYS".) It would be ok if I could just spend the whole day in bed nursing her, except even then, my nipples start to feel pinchy after 45 minutes or so. Enough already. And I"m thirsty all the time. The same thing when I pick her up from her nursery in the afternoon; the same thing when she wakes up from her nap. So I"m curious for your perspectives on the theory here. Part of me feels strongly that I'd like not to force the pace or wean her before she's ready. I"d nudge her to wean, but I'd like it to be gentle. I can see, too, that it's hard for her to have a working mother, and she's fairly recently started at this new daycare place; the long nursing is a way of hanging on to me, which she needs even more when she doesn't have me for the mornings. So one approach is just to nurse her as much and long as she wants it, in the hope that when the need is met, she'll outgrow it naturally. Alternatively -- given the fact that it does drive me a little crazy -- I could start trying to be consistent about setting limits to the time and the times she nurses. Except that when I've tried doing that, she freaks out. And having her around with a zillion tantrums doesn't help me feel less crazy. My husband -- whose anti-extended-nursing views I"ve already posted about -- is of the opinion that I should wean her entirely, then she'd "develop her own coping mechanisms and not be so dependent". This seems a very dubious claim to me, rather on the model of, "If you drop a child in the swimming pool, she'll learn to swim soon enough". But what am I to do to stay sane? And how long will she be like this?