My son is 21 months, and we still nurse on demand. I work, but when I'm home, the 'demand' can be a lot! Some days, it is nearly non-stop--as last week, when we were on vacation visiting my parents in a different state. I think he was nursing more there for comfort, because we were out of our usual environment. Normally, it's maybe 2-3 times in the morning before I leave for work, 2-4 times in the evening, and maybe once overnight.
I'm just wondering if it's weird or in any way detrimental for him to still be nursing so much at this age? I know a lot of mamas here have nursed their toddlers, even to older ages, but it seems like in most cases, the toddlers are only nursing a couple of times per day by my son's age. I'm quite happy with our nursing relationship and so is my son, it just seems like it's unusual to still nurse so much at his age.
I'm probably going to let him self-wean (though it depends--if he gets to be 3 or 3.5 and is showing no signs of weaning, I might nudge him a bit). However, I'm just not seeing how we're making any progress towards weaning given that we're still nursing 5-8 times per day? Will he really reduce the frequency on his own, eventually? I prefer not to deny him when he wants to nurse, but I can't see keeping up nursing at this frequency as he approaches age 3 or older. Maybe once or twice a day, but not non-stop. If nothing else, I don't know how to handle the comments from my family and I don't like having to seclude myself in a separate room for a large part of our visits because DS wants to nurse all the time!
I'm also unsure if it's still developmentally appropriate that nursing is his primary form of comfort (at least from me). Sometimes cuddles suffice, but a lot of the time he really wants to nurse. Also not sure how I'm going to get him to sleep once he's eventually weaned, seeing as nursing to sleep is the only way he's ever known.
He's growing beautifully, eats solid foods well, is around the 50th percentile for both height and weight, and is meeting or surpassing all developmental milestones.