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I think this is a very common experience. I often read "nursing all the time" posts from people around 17-23 months AND its also common to read that kids really decrease their intake after their second birthday. Now, what that means for *you* isn't so clear, but it is definately a visable trend.
My daughter was the same way at that age. Then, at about 23 months, I found out I was pregnant and decided I needed (for my own sanity and to prepare for baby #2) to switch her from mostly nursing (for sustenance) to mostly eating. It took me about one week (maybe a little more) which showed me she was ready for it. I did not sit on the floor or couch at all when she was awake for that entire time. For the first time since she was born I didn't wear "easy access" shirts (I had mostly worn v-necks). I kept snacks out all day long** so she could access them (rather than offering her a snack when she asked to nurse). I kept a kleen kanteen sippy with water where she could reach it (and brought it to her attention/offered it to her). I also used distraction...a lot of outside playtime helped.
The harder part turned out to be remembering to pack snacks to leave the house--I was so unaccustomed to that!
**I actually provided her with a snack tray every day after breakfast...the tray was a 6-muffin tin. I would put in olives, crackers, raisins, carrot sticks, etc. She got bored with these after awhile but not before it had done the trick!
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