Gee, what lucky babies to live in a community where length of nursing becomes a competition! If a child continues to nurse, he/she is not ready or willing to wean....for anyone who has suffered through a "nursing strike" if they don't want to it's pretty much impossible to get them to!
I voted for 3+ years as qualifying for an extended nursing relationship. From reading the preceeding posts, I guess alot of
mom's feel pressured from society/family etc and consider 1 year extended or whatever their culture dictates. I'm actually quite surprised that such a mainstream group like the AAP recommends at least 1 year with 2 years being best (or something to that effect). Oh, I've felt the pressures too.....felt the eyes on me!
I refuse to care!
I've been told that if I didn't/don't wean ds he never will, by his pediatrician, no less. It just made me more bound and determined not to listen and allow ds to wean at his pace. Slowly but surely he has/is. He'll be 4 in August and he nurses before naptime and bedtime and before getting up in the morning. 3 times a day for about 10 minutes. It was once every 10 minutes for 30 minutes! I had my baby a little late in life, I guess I'm too stubborn and bull headed to let family or culture influence my choices. Over time as ds has given up nursing times, he has yet to go back and request them again.....I know when he decides it's time to quit, that'll be it. And what a bittersweet day that'll be!