Re: Duration of Nursing
with the PPs. I also want to point out that sleeping and snacking are completely normal associations for a baby to have with breastfeeding.
First, while breastfeeding is often marketed as a feeding choice rather than a parenting choice, it's actually both. Breastfeeding is usually the fastest, most convenient, most reliable parenting tool a mom has for getting her baby to sleep, to relax, to stop crying, or to stop hurting. A lot of moms feel guilty for relying on the breast to meet needs other than nutrition, but they shouldn't.
Second, a better term for "snacking" would be "eating frequent small meals", and that style of eating is a) normal for a baby and b) healthier than eating infrequent, large meals.
I know you're heading back to work and perhaps worried that your baby will be difficult to care for if she grows reliant on the breast for comfort and sleep. But that's very unlikely to be the case. Babies are smarter than we give them credit for, and your baby knows that you're the only person on earth with the nursing superpower. When she's at daycare, she'll find other ways to get her needs met.
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!"