How's it going for everyone? There hasn't been much activity on this thread for a while!
I think we are about done with nursing. I am a lot less sad than I thought I would be. Its been a couple months since I could express anything more than a glistening of milk. DS was still consistently wanting to nurse before nap and bed about 6 weeks ago, but if DH put him down to bed, he was fine, too. Then DS (now 21 months) spent a couple days at grandma's house when I was really sick and DH was traveling, and he got used to having a bottle before bed. I didn't want to do bottles when he returned home, but I saw just how happy he was with a full belly of warm milk, and realized that he was happier having a bottle of milk than essentially dry nursing. Before this, I'd been feeling like "if he decides he's done nursing, I think I am ok with that because this is way uncomfortable/painful" He still nurses once in a while, but now its maybe every 5 or 6 days or so. He rarely asks anymore.
This morning, he had a massive meltdown around breakfast time, and was tantruming/clinging to me in my lap/throwing himself on the floor, and would not tell me what he wanted. Finally he pleaded for a "boggle - milk!" and since I didn't want to deal with getting a bottle, I just offered to nurse him. He accepted and stopped his hiccup/crying, but after about 1 minute of nursing, he burst into tears, and cried "MILK! BOGGLE" So, dry nursing just wasn't cutting it in that scenario.
I have to say, he is sleeping better, which is a relief to me, because I am just so tired, and sleeping later (he was getting up at 5:30) I think this is directly tied to his weaning.
I'm sort of sad - I loved nursing him, and boy did he love his milk, but its just not there anymore, and I don't know, I just no longer have that "bountiful milk mother" feeling that I used to have, if that makes any sense. I'm looking forward to nursing the next one, and would be ok with him nursing again if he wants to. I don't know if in 4 months he will want to again, but the boy loves his food, so it wouldn't surprise me!