My LO won't turn one for nine days, but I hope it is OK to post this here.
My son is a champion nurser and we'll keep going for now. We've been teaching him sign language and he's picking it up fast. Now he knows the sign for milk and he uses it ALL THE TIME. I mean, all the time. He doesn't even want to nurse half the time, he just seems to use it for everything he wants to eat. My supply isn't up to this and I'm sure he isn't getting alot of milk, but instead he seems fascinated by his new found ability to express himself. I've taken to telling him that we're going to eat instead when he's signing milk at the fruit cup or the banana or the cherrios. He's fine with that and he immediately does the sign for eat (and then 3 cheerios later he does the sign for finished, but that's another story..)
I certainly want to nurse him on demand/cue and I don't want to discourage nursing, but I don't think he really wants to nurse at all sometimes. I guess I'm just looking for a little reassurance that I'm doing this right. Am I going to weaken the nursing relationship by redirecting him sometimes? I am not looking to wean.