Well, we've reached a bittersweet end to my 3yo DD's nursing. This past Monday she turned 3 years old, and I made the (unsure) decision to stop nursing her. I think a lot of it is I felt pressure from DH... he has felt for awhile that she should stop... that it was becoming a "problem." Now, he is actually all for breastfeeding, and he didn't mind that I nursed her beyond the "common" 6 months to a year, but for awhile I was getting super frustrated at the amount of times she was nursing once she was past 2 years old. It was just like she was a newborn! Every hour or two she wanted to nurse!
So anyway, once I got pregnant my breasts and nipples started hurting quite a bit, and whenever she latched on it was too much to deal with. And, while I am not exactly opposed to tandem nursing, and probably would do so if A) I was a single mom, or B) my DH supported it. But since those aren't the cases, I stopped.
The way we did it, was on her birthday we nursed that morning. Then at some point during the afternoon I said, "Maya!! You are 3 years old today! You know what that means? It means we don't need to nurse anymore!" And she was excited about it for the rest of the day, even boasting to gramma and papa about it. Then nighttime came, and it was a different story. I must say, she has done very well for the most part. There have been a couple moments where she cried because she wanted to nurse, and it really got to me to the point where I almost gave in.
I do miss holding her sweet little self and sharing that special bond with her, but I think in the long run it is better this way. We still snuggle a lot, and we give eachother plenty of hugs and kisses and love, so I don't feel like I am "depriving" her in any way I guess. *sigh*