I came on here, maybe just to write about my experience, share it with other mothers who believe passionately about breastfeeding, and see if others are sharing the same judgements that I am. I come from a pretty educated family, most of us are college educated, with a few having graduate educations and a few Doctors. SO it's not like any of us have never picked up a book, and don't know SOME common sense...I DO think the decision to breastfeed IS common sense..I have experience more judgement about my extended breastfeeding from my family members, than any body else. Maybe it's due to that fact I talk more with my family, however the comments are mindless, thoughtless, hurtful and rude. I've had a sister tell me that my daughter at 11mo was ready to wean and I was not...I laughed, and said really? Come hang out with us for a day, and you'll see who is NOT ready to wean. I was told to not TALK about breastfeeding, becuase she thought it was gross. Asked why she cant just have it in a bottle, that drinking from the breast is..and I quote "Gross"! (sister and I did have a conversation, and I learned my BF caused a guilty feeling...)
DD is now 22 months old, and I am pregnant. I am STILL breastfeeding DD, and plan to continue until she is ready to wean. We are getting there, but as you all know, it is a very slow process when you allow your children to lead. Tonight, in some random conversation my brother learned I was still breastfeeding, and he was floored, he threw out ridiculous comments, they were down right mean, and I was very hurt! I wish I wouldn't have cried, and could have calmy said that he could learn a few parenting tips from me, but I am so senstivie to judgement. I just broke down and tears and told him to do some reasearch! I am so damn tired of people ridiculing me for doing the absolute, most amazing thing for my child. It is NOT disgusting, it's beautiful, she is super healthy, brilliant, and the most vibrant full of personality little girl. Not to mention our bond that was created from breastfeeding is beyond words! What I DON"T get is WHY parents would critisize me for doing amazing things for my child...how about judging a parent for real things...like giving your 4 year old diet coke, like, r u kidding me...cause that's real healthy! or smoking with your child in the room, or smoking in general for that matter...c'mon! Have any of you ever experienced this, with your OWN family?? I don't need praises, heel kicks, and high fives for the accomplishment of breastfeeding for this long..and it IS an accomplishment, not always easy. My praises are shown thorugh my DD, that is ALL I need! I just DON"T need to be pounded with judgement, hurtful, ridiculous comments!! GRRR!! Anyone else have any similar experiences? Witty comments? Thanks for the space to vent, and any eyes reading this...the sound of my fingers pounding the keyboard, was in and of itself, theraputic! WAY TO GO breastfeeding moms!!!! We're building a brilliant, healthy future generation!