I am nursing my 20 month old daughter, and it seems like a good thing to both of us; we are not ready to quit.
But I'm wondering how breast-feeding gets conceptualised, by either mama or baby, when it's an older child. My daughter is very verbal. She asks for NANNA, her word for it. but she also has learnt lots of other ways of talking about it: "Nanna, have it, yeah!" "Nurse please" "Breasts" "Nipple" "A tiny bit" "BIIIG NANNAS! Tiny tiny nipple!" etc. She offers her stuffed animals a go ("Teddy have it nanna!"). I generally draw the line at that, I won't nurse bears or dolls, even if they ask politely. And she's curious and excited to see my breasts when I'm in the bath or changing, and curious about images of breasts in art or whatever. Mostly I think all this is funny and cute, and part of a growing interest in people's bodies and what people do. It's intimate, it's sweet, it's good to talk. But there are also moments when I feel a little freaked out. Isn't all this too close to something sexual? Don't my breasts get to be private any more? This also makes me wary of nursing in public, in case she starts loud commenting on my boobs. Any of you have any thoughts about nursing a talking child?