I just have to say, again, how glad I am for these forums.
Starting to get comments about extended nursing (at 17 months which I don't even think is that long). Not outright negativity, but just weird reactions.
At the doctor's yesterday, discussing an elective procedure which is contraindicated for breastfeeding: "Well you're probably close to done with that anyway, right?" Implicit assumptions...
At a family visit recently, after nursing down for nap, brother in law asks me, "How much longer do you have to go?" (Which is weird because he's very anti-formula.) As if breastfeeding is purely sacrificial on the mother's part, and as soon as we reach the finish line (which I guess is solid foods?), we'd leap at the chance to be done.
Even my husband, watching the crazy acrobatics of my son trying to land his foot on my shoulder while nursing -- I'm laughing about it, and my husband says sort of hesitantly, "Maybe that's a sign that he's too old to be nursing."
I only have one friend (one!) in real life who nursed past 6 months. Thank goodness for her at least (she nursed both her girls to age 3 so I have a positive example there). And through my local LLL group I have met a few moms who are nursing toddlers, which is awesome. If it weren't for that, and these forums, I would really feel like "the weird one" ... because I think that's what these looks I'm getting are really saying :/