It's amazing how nursing is something the young ones never forget. I'm not sure what the age is when nursing, or the ability to suck, starts to naturally wane. I once saw a piece of a documentary where a mom said her six year old daughter was becoming frustrated while nursing because her suck reflex had weakened. The daughter accused the mom of withholding her milk. What was happening was she couldn't extract the milk effectively anymore. Her nursing suck reflex was naturally weakening. Pretty interesting stuff.
We are nowhere near the six year old mark, but I still worried that weaning would be a permanent thing. No so. Desmond has picked up his nursing habits right where we left off. It took about 3 or 4 nursing sessions for him to get right back into the "nursing solves all problems" mode. If he gets hurt, ask for milk. If he's tired, ask for milk. If he's upset, ask for milk. Hungry? Let's have som milk!
The demands for nursing are a bit frustrating, especially since I'm not able to nurse every time he asks. Right now I can handle maybe two nursing sessions a day, provided they are far apart. One early session and one late session. Thankfully he hasn't demanded milk during the night. He is still satisfied with hugs and knowing I'm nearby. Even so, I'm happy that he has picked up nursing again. I was feeling guilty for weaning him so soon. But my fears of Desmond refusing or forgetting how to nurse are gone now. It's as if we never stopped.