I nursed my son for a little over 20 months. Honestly, the only reason I weaned was that we'd been trying to conceive for almost 9 months and my OB said that weaning would improve my chances of getting pregnant. So, it's not like it should be a surprise to anyone in my family that I'm still breastfeeding my 16-month-old.
Lately when it comes up that she's still nursing, I've been getting odd reactions from a family member. She's making it obvious that she disapproves, even though I mentioned that my daughter's pediatrician, and the WHO, recommend nursing for at least 2 years now.
Obviously I'm not going to wean just because a few family members think it's weird, but really, why mention it at all? What's it matter to them?
Anybody else in the same boat?
u know in your heart that it is what best people do not know how fulfilling it is to the mother and child if they have not done it. Breastfeeding for 2 weeks or even 6 months makes it hard for people to imagine doing it so long i had ppl ask me plenty i think it is a curious subject for ppl ..both sides of our families were excepting they made jokes sometimes but i did not take it to heart i just laughed and also tried to educate them a little on the subject. i just quit breastfeeding 10-11days ago and am feeling pretty sad but i know it was a good choice my daughter is gaining weight very well now and being a lil more independent i went 23 months and woulda went longer had she not been so obsessed and if she was gaining weight properly she was still only 19.8 lbs at 23 months and withing 5 days she weighed 20.2 so she gained 10oz! I know it was right choice but i do feel sad and there are times i want to breastfeed like right before bed but i dont and she still pats and kisses my breasts but she does not try to latch she pats them and says sour(i put vinegar on my nipples and said mama's milk went sour because your to big for moms milk)
I breastfeed both my girls until they were 16 and 18 months. Im also bf my 4 month old. My oldest weaned herself and i did my other daughter only because she wanted to nurse to sleep. I had a nurse tell me i should of weaned my oldest daughter at 11 months and their not getting nutrition after that. Some of my family would make rude comments like 'is she going to be breastfeeding in high school' I didn't listen to any of them. I have a large family. Besides my great grandmother im the only other person in my family that breastfeed. I think some people feel uncomfortable around bf women. If it's important to you id ignore their comments.
I'm only 10 months into BF and I get comments from my IL's all the time. Some of it is curiosity and some of it seems like judgement. I just try to tune them out and remember that I know what is best for my baby and my family. I think it's like samantha hines said, anyone who didn't BF their children long term really have no idea of what it's like to do so. It is such a cultural thing, I have some girlfriends that grew up in other countries and their ideas about BF are really refreshing. Just know that you are doing what is right for your family and that is all that matters.
It makes me sad to think of all the women who never tried breastfeeding, or who weaned earlier than they wanted to, because the people around them didn't support their nursing relationship.
Sometimes I get tired of nursing and casually bring up with my husband if he thinks I should try weaning. He always looks at me like I'm crazy and says, "do you really think that's a good idea?!" Thankfully my husband is an excellent ally :)
my hubby was sad when i quit breasffeeding he knew it was about time but he knew how much my daughter loved it and also letting go of nursing is another step in her growing up and nobody wants there babies to grow up! I am very proud i breastfed as long as i did and i think having a self assured attitude goes a long way WHEN YOUR SO SURE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR DECISION I NOTICED I DID NOT GET QUESTIONED AS MUCH good luck mamas your doing the best thing you can for your babies