Okay, so Ben will nurse once maybe twice a day max(very rarely twice a day), but often times will refuse even before nap or bedtime, which puts him at times nursing once every 48 hrs. He has gone two days without nursing at all. I have read that some kids just give it up on their own, which is what I was hoping for. However, we have been doing this 'random' nursing now for about 3 weeks. If he was going to nurse more frequently and acted like he wanted to nurse all the time, I would assume he wasn't ready and take his cue. However, I think he would be fine if we just stopped, but I don't want to traumatize him either. Do you think it is reasonable to just refuse for a few days and see how it goes to see if he puts up a big fight? I just put him down for a nap after we read stories. We did not nurse, however, he didn't really ask, but he was pretty peeved that I stuck him in his crib. He threw all his sleep stuff out, including his pacifier, so I went back in and gave them back, he wanted to be picked up,so I sat with him in the rocker and he just kept pointing to the door. I put him back in, he yelled for less than two minutes and stopped. So, I guess after all this rambling, my question would be this: Do you think he is ready to wean and would be fine if we wrapped it up now? I really think when he is pitching a fit at bedtime it is because he doesn't want to go to bed. He usually goes to bed without a problem, but it is not always consistant when he does nurse and when he doesn't. Sometimes he will do it after he has nursed, and sometimes he does it after he has refused nursing. I guess my feeling is if he is ready to wean, I don't want to continue it by sticking a breast in his mouth every time he is mad about going to bed (which isn't even very often).
Sorry for the ramble Thanks for reading all of that. BTW, Bennett is 21 months old.