I'm not sure if I should post this in this section or the one on breastfeeding in public as it pertains to both, but here goes...
My daughter is almost 14 months old and we are still happily nursing day and night. She nurses on demand for the most part, although I do ask her to wait occassionally when we're out at a store and are almost finished with what we're doing. So far, I have felt really confident about my decision to nurse her when she wants to be nursed and the fact that we are going to continue nursing and my husband completely supports this. But I've noticed other family members are questioning the fact that we are co-sleeping for part of the night and continuing to nurse. So I've tried to stop nursing her around other people, which works sometimes but not other times. And I feel weird about this. I don't want to feel ashamed that I nurse her still because I do believe this is the right thing for her.
Yesterday I threw a baby shower for my girlfriend at my house and my daughter asked to nurse during the party (I nursed her right before it started) and I asked her to wait. A little later she asked again and I felt uncomfortable nursing her in the room with everyone else (I only knew a few of the people there) and I really couldn't walk away from the party at that time, so my husband defrosted some breastmilk and gave her a bottle in the other room. I feel really unsettled about this. When she was younger, I nursed her anywhere she wanted to be, but as she gets older I feel that it's not as acceptable to others that she's nursing. I wish I didn't care what others think, and I need to figure that out. But I'm wondering what other people do in these situations with their toddlers as far as nursing around others as well as nursing in public. Is it still acceptable to nurse her around others/in public at this age? It doesn't really feel natural to tell my daughter she can't nurse in her own home. I'm confused.
Thanks for your input!