I am so frustrated lately that I just need to vent!! I'm tired of being told that DD is too old to nurse, that I am abusing her by nursing, and that I need to let her cry instead of giving into her demands.
To begin, I have NO support. Mine and DH's parents only FF their kids and never even attempted to try to BF, so they never supported the decision from the beginning. When DD was only a few months old my MIL gave her formula behind my back, which I am still upset about!
My MIL always makes comments like "you are STILL breastfeeding?" and "I feel so bad, I should have helped you get Ayna in her crib sooner" and my mother always tells me there's a pill that will help me dry up...
The friends that I do have left always roll their eyes when DD asks to nurse and tell me that I need to "just stop," even friends who have kids. I got pregnant when I had just turned 19, so they think I need to be out partying now that I'm 21. Even if I wasn't nursing I wouldn't be drinking. My husband, unfortunately, is an alcoholic, so I see what it does to a person's life and it's not worth it! (But that's a different story!)
DH supported my decision to BF in the beginning, but now he just thinks it's weird, so he says I have until she's 3... We'll see about that! He thinks she nurses so often because she's addicted to the nicotine still. ( I have been cigarette free for a week now yay!!) He has been okay with me sleeping in DD's room though, but I think that's because DH and I are only sleeping at the same time for 3 hours anyways and he doesn't want to roll over on her.
In one of my college classes (I'm a full time student) my professor had us write down a fact about ourselves on a note card for her to read only. I wrote that I believe in extended breastfeeding and self weaning. I later found out that she had just had a baby and was FFing ... so she looked at me weird the rest of the semester!
I'm just frustrated at how ignorant people are! I research everything before I make a decision and I CHOSE what was best for my child: co-sleeping and extended breastfeeding! What the heck id people do before formula and cribs!!
Sorry for the long vent!