I am curious about whether other nursing toddlers personify the breast, the way my daughter does (she is almost 2). I don't think of it as a problem; it's sweet, and part of her growing imaginative world. (I'm sure if it had seriously bothered me, I could have clamped down on it; so if I hope nobody will be put off ebf by reading this and finding it freakish!) But it's pretty intense right now, and I don't know anybody else who nursed this long (and I'm abroad, away from LLL groups); so I'd appreciate knowing from you guys whether other toddlers act this way.
My daughter pretends my breasts are a whole other person, like a special doll or teddy -- only more so, because she shares her dolls, trucks and other toys with my breasts. She likes talking to them, and wants them to talk back. She gives them presents; they express desires for food, water, toys ("nana want a banana, please please"; "THANK YOU", she ventriloquizes, when an imaginary banana has been offered); they apparently want to read stories with her, and particularly like magazines; if she sees a picture she finds interesting, she says, "Nana see it too!" When I say, "Let's go to the park", she says, "Nana come too!" She is also very protective of them: sometimes imagines they feel sad, and says, "Feel better, Nana". She has a similar relationship with elbows -- she tends to play with my elbows while nursing, and now has an intense play relationship with my husband's elbows, too, which has really helped their bonding. "Ambulance siren! Elbow hear it!" This is useful in public, I can usually get her to switch her affections from breast to elbow. So, I know all this sounds a little weird, but I think it can be hilarious at times. It seems a positive development for her: it's role-playing a good, loving relationship. I have moments of being weirded out, but then I can get usually get her to cut it out or switch to the elbow or teddy without major angst. But I'm curious: is this unusual behaviour? In what I've read, on this site and in "Mothering your nursing toddler", there are a lot of examples of toddlers who pretend to be the mummy nursing, or who offer their teddy a go at the breast. My daughter did that too. But now the breast has a whole mind of its own. Any of you have similar experiences? And is the elbow thing common? Does this sound strange?