Emily - posted on 03/22/2011 ( 103 moms have responded )
I want to kinow what people think about extended breastfeeding. I breastfed my first child for 17 months and he self-weaned. I am currently breastfeeding my second child, but she is 31 months and shows no sign of wanting to wean herself off the breast. She doesn't feed all day, usually at night and before naps. She is not a clingy child and can be left with others including a regular 2-hour nursery session once a week. She is self-confident and a happy child, but when it comes to sleep, she still wants her mother. I don't really mind, but I feel a bit uneasy, I guess wondering when it will end and whether it is okay to breastfeed a three-year old. My husband and my parents don't understand and wonder when I will get her to stop. It would be eaiser if my husband were around but he unfortunately has to work away most nights. I was away one night recently for an emergency and she did sleep for him, even though she did wake through the night. We tried it again the weekend later with me in another room, but she knew I was in the house and she cried her eyes out until I gave in. Is it alright to keep feeding her despite the approach of her third birthday? Will she just stop on her own once she starts pre-school in September (1/2 days, 5 days a week)? Or should I be more insistant on stopping her from feeding? I don't know what to do.