My son is 20 months old, and we were the first of our friends to have a baby, and the only ones still breastfeeding. All the other mothers either dried up or intentionally stopped nursing their babies before toddlerhood.
I used to think we'd just keep nursing until my son naturally wanted to stop - but now I'm wondering if and when that ever occurrs, or if there is a way I am to support the process in certain ways because he seems to show no interest whatsoever in slowing down.
It's not that I want him to stop now, but I'm concerned some times that it seems he prefers to nurse than to eat. I just thought it would be the other way around at this age -- prefering food, and breastmilk being the snack.
Also, the biggest problem is that he is constantly reaching into my shirt or pulling it up and pinching my nipples - and I do mean constantly; even when he's not interested in nursing, he is still grabbing at me. It's painful to have him constantly scratching and my chest and pinching me, and embarrassing to be in public with a toddler's hand permenantly down the front of my shirt. Even while writing this message, I have had to do it with him in my lap and his hand down my shirt. If I try to take his hand away, or even just cover up my nipple so he doesn't pinch it, he throws a tantrum and hit me in the chest and face. My husband and I are unsure what to do.