yeah, just want to lend my reply, too... was talking to a mother I met at la leche a long time ago and she told me that she night-weaned her daughter (my daughter Maya's age, 2ish) "because it was just a habit"
it hurt me inside to hear that -- though I believe she knows what is best for her daughter, I started questioning myself. I'm so danged tired (Maya nurses a lot at night, no idea how often, but it's a lot) I thought, maybe I should be doing more to keep her from it?
then I remembered how *I* believe (me personally, in my soul) that (a mama up above me in this thread said it so well!) a habit like this seems to me to be for a reason, I mean, if she were tapping her foot up and down, it would be for a reason, know what I mean? so what if it's "habit?" the implication of that phrase is that it's therefore something that should be stopped
why do we live in this culture where there are so many countless pressures to NOT nurse our babies?!?!?!?!??!?!??!?!
also, to add to the CLWness of it all... last night and tonight, Maya said, "no nah-nah" and needed to climb herself all the way under the covers. she ended up nursing herself to sleep as usual, and nursed extensively (as usual) all night long, but, it's an intense miracle to see her working through whatever this "no nah nah" thing is. I did talk to her about the idea of getting more sleep at night by not nursing after we go to sleep about a month or two ago, but her intense mommy-needing after that chat was so clearly an indication that she wasn't ready for the subject that I dropped it...
back to the support issue, I don't come to this message board often, but when I do, I always am moved to tears by finding the support I find/see here...
night nursing: enjoy it while it lasts!