I had the loveliest experience at the park yesterday with DS22mo. A woman was standing in the sandbox watching her 3-year-old daughter while nursing her infant son in a carrier. At the edge of the sandbox was a woman nursing her 15-month old son. My DS saw the boys nursing and asked to nurse, so we nursed, too.
The first mother of the infant asked how old DS was. In response to my answer, "22 months", she says, "Oh good! I'm glad I'm not the only one who nurses past 2. I nursed my daughter until I was pregnant with my son."
I said with a smile, "Yeah, knowing my son and I, we'll probably be nursing when he's 3 or 4."
She beams back and says, "That's terrific. I love nursing. I wish I could have kept going with my daughter, but it just hurt too much. I'll probably nurse with him forever."
Isn't that lovely? 3 mothers, all of whom are pro 2-and-beyond nursing, just casually nursing at a park on a warm summer day, waxing on about how great it is to nurse! The children were all so mellow, with sunny, happy baby smiles.
*Sigh* It makes my heart flutter a little.
ETA: I should add, I plan to keep nursing DS in public for the foreseeable future. His public nursing manners are good, so we can keep up an older toddler nursing presence in the community to normalize the practice.