I'm happy to continue, however over the past month or two she has begun to latch by grasping the nipple lightly and sometimes not so lightly with her teeth, even when she's drowsy or mostly asleep.
When lI discuss it with her she insists -- adamantly! -- that she can't get milk when she opens her mouth and presses the whole nipple in. And she jubilantly announces "See mommy, I didn't bite! No teeth!" after she unlatches -- when my nipples are sore from being tugged and nipped. I am coming to dread nursing sessions, and I know that she can sense that.
Since she clearly isn't aware of the change, does anyone have suggestions? I know that this is probably a stage in the natural weaning process, but it's a painful one. And her naynays are very special to her.