I'm curious DS is 21 months, coming up on his 2nd birthday fast, and we nurse (what feels like) almost constantly, day and night.
He can only get to sleep at night by nursing, intermittently for 10-15 min. sessions as he winds down, and a solid 30 minutes to an hour to finally nod off. He is on the boob most of the night (latching on roughly hourly), at least one or two of those are real 30 min. feedings, the rest maybe 5-10 minutes (I'm guessing - I'm half conscious). The last two hours before waking he is pretty much permanently attached to me, flopping like a fish. We get up, eat breakfast, aaannnnnddd...then more on-demand nursing! For another half an hour, to an hour. Maybe hour break for playtime, and repeat. Afternoon is more sporadic (could be lots of little sessions, or he might be preoccupied, depending on what we're up to), but he is totally attached at the boob for his entire 3+ hour nap. I can rarely detach long enough to pee, and he usually greets me with a sleepy wail and request to nurse as soon as I return. He simply cannot sleep without it. We do lots more nursing in the evening in bits around dinner time, but by then I've lost track!
Absolutely 100% of this nursing is initiated by him (QUITE intently), so we are not remotely in the realm of "don't offer, don't refuse." Which is fine by me - I'm not looking to wean or complaining, just looking for a lil support and encouragement - and also honestly wondering how typical this is? I hear alot of mothers mention their toddlers occasionally STTN, or one or two nightfeeds, or feeding a handful of times a day - and I start to wonder if we are loopy outliers.
Am I on the right track for continuing to let him nurse on demand? He is an intense, spirited lil guy, and a toddler to boot, so I figure he must be needing this...
eta: he does drink water, diluted juice, or coconut/almond milk and eats a TON (big kid, big appetite) - wide variety of foods, including odd/spicy/strong flavors, tons of veggies, etc.