Maybe this is just me venting - but any support would be appreciated.
DD is 5 months old - and i am still exclusively breastfeeding her. We don;t plan to introduce solids until she is ready (as we read on this site). We co-sleep with her, and we kind of rotate through 2 beds (either hubby or i sleep with her in one bed while the other sometimes sleeps in another bed - simply for comfort). I nurse her laying down in bed most nights - and it works great. When she was a newborn she would take a bottle as well - to give me some sleep - but hasn't taken one since November - and now won't - which is fine as I am home with her anyway. If we get a sitter we do it in the AM when she can go a few hours without eating.
Now all this is great - and hubby and i are happy with everything.... but then enter family and friends. I swear if I hear one more person tell me how i am not doing the right thing I will scream. I have family members (lile my mom and dad) telling me to give her solid food because "she wants it" and people tleling me i am spoiling her by co-sleeping and especially by nursing her in bed because "She needs to learn to go to sleep without nursing." And then there's the decision to be nursing for at least a year - and then her not taking a bottle because "IF she's hungry enough she'll take a bottle." or "She needs to take a bottle - you can;t just always nurse her."
And I know I am doing the right thing - but good lord i am so tired of defending it. I am tired of people telling me what I should be doing, and how to do it. We talk to a local LLL leader, Molly, who is fabulous. I was ready to give up nursing at 2 weeks - and Molly is the reason I didn't. She helped us with latching and things. I am so committed to nursing DD, and hubby is as committed - but man it is hard when every way you turn people are telling you that you're not doing right.
Thanks for letting me vent.