I've been very conflicted about weaning. On the one hand, I've had some real physical challenges while breastfeeding, and I'm pretty touched out at all times, and I'm frequently feeling done. On the other hand, she is only 16 months old.
She's been nursing only twice a day for ages now, once before her nap, once before bed. Both nursing sessions are getting much shorter, she ends both sessions herself, she rarely nurses off to sleep anymore. She does still cue both sessions (Nunny?), but she doesn't seem all that interested, frankly.
She's awesome with solids. She eats almost anything if I can just present it properly; spinach made into pesto, mushrooms and pasta, beans in any forms, CHEESE!, fruit like crazy. She's not so hot with meat, but she's a champion legume-consumer. She drinks plenty of water, and gets some juice and some milk thrown in too.
But she's become breast-obsessed. She likes to massage and hold my breasts while murmuring "Nunny." to herself (Our word for her to nurse.), and she does this a lot. She does this randomly throughout her day, for short bursts or long extended breast-fests. She does this at night if she's with me instead of in her bed. She does this at home. She does this in public. Amusingly enough, she looks down her Papa's shirt and announces: "No nunnies." on a regular basis too.
Aside from being completely touched out, which with her, 3 cats and a husband, I've decided is my new natural state, I don't mind this fascinating new obsession of hers. But I do have some questions for the veteran Mamas.
Is this fairly normal? If you've been through this, did you allow it in public? How did you transition your child into a less breast-oriented snuggling, if you did? How long might I expect this to go on? Is this a sign of distress about weaning?