I'm one of those moms who says, "I never thought I'd still be nursing....." I am happy that nursing has worked out so well for my soon-to-be 3 year-old daughter and me such that we are still nursing, and I have been able to commit to child-led weaning. (I am also, incidentally, thrilled for the information from LLLI that has supported me and helped me feel "normal" as we continue on this journey that seems so strange to so many people we know.)
But, I am now looking to experienced moms for some encouragement. My period has not yet returned, and I think I am in the camp of women who will not re-gain their fertility until they are done nursing altogether. I am anxious about this. I am almost 40, and I had hoped to have one more child after my daughter was born. I'm not sure it's in the cards at this point, but I still hope for the possibility. Yet, I want to be responsive to my daughter's needs, and the prospect of weaning seems really stressful. She is a very attached little girl, and nursing is still part of her nighttime, morning, and naptime. I am starting to despair that she'll never want to wean (!), and that I'll never be fertile again.
I guess my questions are (1) will children *really* wean on their own if we leave it to them? and (2) has anyone else experienced such a delayed onset of fertility related to nursing?
I know there will be some who say I have to get tough and just wean, but I'm not at that point right now. I'd really appreciate any other advice.