oogy wrote:The benefit is that it works. I'm not talking about calming him down when he falls down or doesn't get what he wants and cries for a minute. I'm referring to full blown meltdown where he screams and cries and nothing else works.
I'm not trying to say that everyone should breast feed for a set amount of time. I'm just saying that do whatever you feel is right for your family.
Weaning a kid from anything is a pain in the ass, but at a certain point you have to do it for his own good. You may spend a week getting little to no sleep while you try to get your son to stop breast feeding, but if you're patient then it will happen. Heck, I was up for an hour and a half dealing with my son last night, since he decided to throw a huge temper tantrum at 2am for no apparent reason.
EDIT: As GOSD said, it's your kid and your choice. I don't think your son is too old to breast feed necessarily, although my wife and I made a different choice.