Quoting shes*almost*one!:" You made it very far Mary -- You did wonderfully. Honestly though.. WHY would he want to suck an empty ... [snip!] ... an empty boob? He's not getting anything.. What is the point? He KNOWS the bottle will give him food. Its normal physiology."Why?
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" Why? Because it's been a comfort thing for him- regardless if there was anything there. Like a pacifier, to an extent. But... he's getting older. Things change."
Quoting Kallee's Momma!:" Aww girl I kinda know what you're going through. My LO is 14 mos and while I still have a lil milk, I ... [snip!] ... time together is almost up! Well, I'm trying to look at it like she has reached a milestone and I can have energy drinks again!"Yeah, I thought to myself "well, one positive thing is I can drink whatever I wish and not worry about it effecting him" and then I remembered... no I can't, I'm pregnant again. GAH! So really, I don't see a positive. Plus, I miss having the excuse at work to leave my classroom to go nurse him and cuddle for a little while. Just feeling that dependence they have on you during that period is nice. It's almost like you never cut the cord when they were born... but now it's a whole different ballpark. He is totally independent. He can feed himself, or anyone else can feed him... he eats pretty much everything as well, and is becoming so mobile. He's growing up so fast.
Quoting shes*almost*one!:" Okay, and obviously its not comforting or even appealing to him right now. Go with the flow, and follow his lead. You did all you could to offer his old "comfort" item to him."
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" Yeah... obviously it isn't. I think I established that back in the OP that he doesn't want it anymore. ... [snip!] ... Venting about the fact that we're completely done with nursing. I wasn't ready for it and I don't expect you to understand."
Quoting shes*almost*one!:" Well... you're popping #4 out pretty fast, so saying nursing is "over" is a pretty silly thing to say! Just smile, hug your babies.. Dont get so upset over something so trivial."No, it's not over for good... but it's over with him. Again, I don't expect you to understand. The bond is something different... knowing they depend on you. It's realization that they don't depend on you, that they are independent. Which yes, it's a good thing. But it's also bittersweet. It's hard to let go of that close bond, and that feeling of being needed... just like how hard it is watching the kids grow and get older each and every year. It's wonderful, it's amazing... but still, every birthday is bittersweet. They are no longer your baby anymore.