Re: Breastfeeding and Independent Toddle
Agree (of course! ) that this is general temperament, and nothing to do with the breastfeeding.
Wanted to add, though, that it's okay to start introducing "nursing manners" when you need to, based on your unique situation. My LO is one month to the day older than yours, OP. We stopped nursing on demand at Grandma's house several months ago to keep the family peace. If it's naptime or another dire situation, we will go to a quiet room and nurse. We also don't NIP in public in general very often any more, just because I find the toddler gymnastics so embarrassing.
In addition, Happy Toddler gets lots of time with Daddy--and away from me--on Daddy's days off, and she doesn't mind being away from her "snuggle-snacks" at all.
So, yes, the clinginess is SO not the breastfeeding! But at the same time, there are little things you can do to help encourage the independence and the weaning transition.
Happy Toddler, 19 months, still bfeeding
Late Son, passed at age 8, bfed 5 months
Daughter the Elder, age 19 yrs, bfed for 22 months