Re: 22months nursing like a newborn
Toddlers go through phases where they want to nurse all the time. Teething can be the cause, but often it's the toddler's way of reassuring herself that "home base" is still there for her as she tests her increasing independence. You haven't done anything wrong, and your LO isn't "overly attached"- just normally attached. Would you feel like you'd done something wrong if your LO were really dependent on cuddling or hugs? Or if she needed to haul a special doll around with her, no matter where she went? It's totally normal for a toddler to rely on something that is exterior to them for comfort and security- a blanket, a doll, a hug, the breast. It's not wrong! But if you're feeling like YOU need to detach a little, because YOU need some physical/emotional space, setting limits is a good place to start. Your child is old enough to understand "Not now, we'll nurse when we get back to the house" or "Let mommy finish cooking dinner, and then we'll nurse". You can also limit time spent at the breast- try "We'll count to 10 and then it's time to finish" or "We'll sing 'Twinkle Twinkle' and then be done"- and behaviors at the breast. I personally hate twiddling and feet in my face, so I will end a nursing session if my kid does either of those things.
When you start setting limits, don't expect it to be easy. You can expect some crying and tantrums- but those behaviors don't mean you're wrong to enforce a limit. Toddlers just hate limits!
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"