We made it to this goal. I'm letting him self-wean but next little mini-goal is 18 months.
Maybe this will help some of those who are new to this. I posted something similar to this 6 months ago.
When I was pregnant, I said I'd breastfeed for 6 months. Then the fear of teeth popped into my head and I changed my mind. From then on, I would only breastfeed until he got teeth. Then I learned that if they're properly latched, they can't bite you so my goal went back to 6 months.
When I had my son, he couldn't latch bc my nipples were flat. They were flat due to the liquids they pump into you after a c-section. I was told this is normal but the LC tried and tried to help me latch him and it was no good. She left and came back with a shield. At that moment, that shield was a life saver. 4 weeks later however, it was hell. After my IV was taken out at the hospital, my nipples started returning to normal. I kept trying to latch him without the shield first and sometimes he'd latch. This told me that the problem was gone and I started trying to wean him of the shield. It took a long 4 weeks that seemed like an eternity.
I kept doing research on BFing and decided that I would BF until he was 1. Then I learned about all the benefits of extended breastfeeding so I decided we're going to do child-led weaning.
He started teething at 4 months. He was CHOMPING on me with his sore and tender little gums. IT HURT but only for a minute. Hylands teething tablets saved me many sore nipples and eased his pain almost instantly. *Note, Hylands teething tablets contain a lactose base. Also, I used them the one day because I
had a bad tooth ache and it took the pain away immediately* When those teeth broke through, I have suffered from many "battle wounds". He has broken the skin more than once. Lansinoh is a life saver.
6 months came and went and now 1 year has come and gone. His first birthday was the 28th. There is no end in sight. At this moment, I consider myself lucky. While I may possibly have thrush right now, I have never had mastitis, I have only experienced a clogged duct once, my nipples didn't bleed at the beginning. I am not bragging. The reason I'm pointing all of this out is many of the problems that the newcomers are reading about are not considered to be "normal". People rarely post about how easy they had it and I think that if there were more positive posts the newbies would be more encouraged and less frightened.
To all of you who are just starting out, you can do this! Even if you should encounter a problem, you can work through it. We are strong women.