Quoting B&R + J:" Thanks and it is, i'm so proud of us! DH keeps talking to people at work, and they keep telling ... [snip!] ... I mean yes, it is hard to ever go out and leave him with anyone, and we rarely do and never over 5 hours. But I'm ok with that."
My advice (not that you asked for it) is this... Tell Dh to stop talking about your nursing at work, even if he is proud, as he is likely to get nothing but uneducated & uninvited input on what your family "should" do. I worked from 6 weeks on with #1 & worked in an industrial sale position around nearly all men. No one had a clue I was still nursing once we got past a year. They didn't understand or support when he was under a yea r& they certainly weren't going ot start once he was walking around & talking.
Secondly - a 1 yr old that is "clingy" is biologically normal. What I find alarming are the number of babies that are so detached from mom that they don't care who they are left with or for how long. Separation anxiety is the sign of a normal healthy attachment to parents AND a sign of good survival instincts. A child that isn't invested in staying near mom & dad when they are virtually at a defenseless age is a child that is in more danger.
And thirdly - my 1st was very clingy. He did fine with me working as he had nana all day & they were tight as they could be (still are, even though I am home now). When with me, his feet hardly hit the floor & from what my mom says he was the same with her all day. As soon as that booger learned how to run he was a new kid & so fiercely independent. He slept with me until nearly 4, he nursed until 3 1/2 yrs old, night nursed until about 2, etc, etc - but that didn't stop him from wanting to go & explore & whatever. Clinginess in small children is NO indication anything needs to be "fixed". When I was pregnant with #2 - he was soooo over it I really really missed it - especially when I was trying to run with a big belly to catch a 2 yr old that was running full tilt & not at all afraid of loosing sight of me.
ENJOY it - it wont' last. At 5 he doesn't even kiss me good bye unless I remind him. It's not that he is embarrassed or bothered. He is just so happy to go & do he doesn't stop to think about good-bye. It already sounds like you enjoy it just fine though. <3
& if you ever wonder what to say if people ask if your child is still nursing & you don't want to deal with their feedback - I came up with stuff to say like "Why?" rather than answer. They'd usually say "I just wondered." Then I'd say "Oh" & leave it at that. They sometimes would say "So is he" and I'd say "why
are you wondering?" Never did anyone push it further. My mom used to ask (she didnt' nurse) id I was worried about him weaning before school age & I'd say something silly like "Why, were you thinking of relactating & helping me out by nursing him? If not, I am not sure why YOU are worried over it...I can't see how Id' involve you in it if that happened to be the case anyway"...and then I'd wink at her. LOL