I am so glad to have found this site (after ordering - the womanly art of breastfeeding - which is fantastic). I live in the UK and although my little girl is nearly 8 months at the moment, I hope to feed her well past a year. I am already finding that people are telling me to wean her to:
"get my life back" - I have a life and I choose to and enjoy feeding my baby,
as well as comments such as
"please tell me you're not going to feed her as a toddler that is disgusting"
Bearing in my these are friend's with babies of around the same age, nevermind people without children. I am lucky to have a full year off work and am enjoying everything about breastfeeding! The bond Faith and I have, the fantastic nutrition she is receiving and the comfort she so visibly gets from it. I just wish I could find more support locally!
In the UK it seems that you're encouraged to BF, but once you get past 6 months the health visitors encourage you to start weaning. Having been told by one health visitor that I should not be night feeding at this age and should start controlled crying now! I am not doing controlled crying full stop and am continuing to feed at night. I feel I can't even mention to anybody (except one friend who feels and does the same) that although Faith starts the night in her cot, when she wakes at 12am for a feed we then co-sleep. This is often responded to with comments such as "you are making a rod for your own back!"
It would be great to get support along the way, as I fear that regular negative comments may shorten my plans for continued breastfeeding. I hope to be strong and persevere as I know I will deeply regret giving up due to lack of support.
Sorry for the rant and very long post, just hope someone can help me.