My son will be 18 months next week. We are still nursing several times a day and he practically beats me up until I pull the goods out for him. I keep a sippy of milk with us while I try to redirect him from nursing, but he's pretty demanding. I nursed my first son just past a year and he weaned himself, so this is foreign territory for me. I don't want to make my baby sad, but I'm ready to move on from nursing bras/tanks and being exposed all the time. How would ya'll recommend bringing things to an end. I'm not in a huge hurry, but I am ready to start weaning.
How often is he actually nursing and what times of day? I guess my first plan would be to cut out one session for a week, then another etc. I'd maybe get a couple new toys (Dollar store?) and offer a new toy instead of nursing and see if that works?
My 19 month old nurses first thing in the morning, after nap and at bedtime, then some nights once overnight. As far as the nursing bra goes, I no longer wear one, I just wear a bra that I can pull down because all our nursing times are in the comfort of our own home and I don't have to cover up in public or anything.
I'd also consider that he probably wants the closeness and cuddling more than the milk. If that's the case, maybe add more cuddle/lap sessions during the day instead?
We had some very busy days where he only had opportunity for sippies because I wasn't around OR we were in public. (I don't feel the need to nurse in public now that he's old enough to eat and drink real food). I didn't nurse him all day Friday, but once in the middle of the night, and didn't nurse at all on Saturday. This morning (Sunday) he has asked a couple times and I've offered snuggles and a sippy and he's been mostly satisfied with that.
To be honest, this is better than DS1 who nursed one morning then refused the breast from then on, which was really the end to our snuggles too. He was just too busy to cuddle when there was no function.
I'm glad you are both doing well with the cutting back!