I have been breastfeeding my son, now 3 1/2 years old, from birth and now I am entertaining secret hopes that he will wean himself anytime soon.
Don't get me wrong - I have really enjoyed breastfeeding him but now I sometimes just want to stop. We went through several difficult patches with the bf - last time about a year ago, right now it is not so much any particular difficulty but rather the general feeling that I would rather not do it anymore but have my breasts to myself.
The pattern has been very stable now for over a year, he drinks just before falling asleep (this can vary in length, sometimes just a few sips, sometimes 10 minutes). And then again in the morning, just as he wakes up he wants to drink, but then both breasts in turn, and each one about 5-6 minutes. Some mornings I tell him to stop earlier as we must get up and i get impatient with his ritual. I should add we co-sleep (but he has his own bed right next to mine).
I have taken up work again 6 months ago, and he now attends pre-school.
Can I be sure he will stop some time on his own time? I found worrying stories on the 'net of children who just keep it up...
Is there someone out there who can relate? I know I will miss the bf but at the same time I want to stop. I feel torn, and cannot bring myself to force the issue with him.