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My son is approaching 4.5, which is about 5 months longer than I myself was given mama milk. I don't feel at all negative about nursing him, but at the same time I think it will be amazing when he's totally done.
He had been having less and less milk over time, with days going by. Then the last (until this morn) time he nursed, he wanted to touch the side of the "milk" (breast) so he "can remember what it feels like". I don't normally let him touch, he needs hands at his sides, b/c he's a puller tugger pusher twiddly kind of guy and it hurts and I don't like it. I gave him that special permission while just staring at him, thinking "oh gracious, did he just say that?"
Then it was 14 days...I've been journaling each time he nurses b/c I don't want to "miss" the end!
But then this morning after playing on his own for quite awhile (I've been sleeping poorly at night, so he sits next to me while I snooze in the morning and he plays...leads to strange toys under me and one time a ring of swords and tinker toy blasters around me b/c he was playing that he was protecting the princess) he told me he wanted milk.
In as NON negative a tone as possible, just trying to show amazement, I said something like "wow, it's been 14 days, I'm surprised!" He looked at me with a "uh duh" look on his face and said "but I still like your milk". Then he nursed briefly from both sides (he rarely does both sides, that was MY request to reduce the lopsidedness I had been experiencing) and was done.
I wonder how long it will be until the next request??? (I've never needed to offer, so I'm not "not offering" on purpose, it's just that he's never needed me to offer...if he wants milk he asks or lets me know in other ways)
Anyone else have a long, slow introduction to the end of nursing?