Re: Nursing an 8 year old...
I do think it is a sad state of affairs when we are made to feel we are doing something wrong nursing our toddlers. But I admit that I also tapered off my NIP once Nora was 13-14 mos old or so. I still did it, but not as much. I wasn't as comfortable doing it, I think mainly because I started noticing other people noticing me and wanted to avoid conflict. But I also I knew that she was perfectly capable of understanding that she needed to wait to nurse. Plus she was much more distracted and didn't seem to want to nurse when we were out and about. I did continue to nurse around around family and friends I started getting comments and questions, but I felt I could address them with family and friend and even be confrontational if necessary (which it was a few times) in a way I didn't feel comfortable being with strangers. That was just my own personal comfort level guiding my behavior and I remember thinking at the time that it was sad that I felt that way about it.
“We are not put on earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.”