Hello mamas:) I live in a tiny remote town in northern Canada and I am not super suprised that I am the only one I know here that nursed longer than a year. I am part of a facebook group for mothers back home in a larger area and I am so shocked to noticed that not only do I appear to be the only one who nursed past a year, the vast, vast majority formula fed right from the beginning and plan to formula feed future kids. I am planning to move back home in the fall and these women are friends, friends of friends and aquaintances who are sort of my pool of people to have playdates with and connect with as a stay at home mom for at least a year.
I am trying very hard not to be judgemental as i know that breastfeeding has it's challenges and i am blessed to have had an easy time with my son (26 months, nursed until 23, weaned when I went away for 3 nights and now I am expecting a daughter in November and plan to nurse into toddlerhood again). But I can't help but wonder why, out of 130 women, so few breastfeed! It's a little discouraging because the entire group seems to very pro formula and I often feel like I am the odd man out. I am trying to connect with other mothers who have similar philosophies and will go to the LLL meetings once a month once I move so that I can do so but I am just astounded that out of the 50 or so regular posters, only one or two breastfeed their under 12 month babies. Not that I can't be friends non-breastfeeding mothers but I think that my passion for nursing is a big part of my mothering style and I find that mothers who never breastfed tend to think my nursing my son for 23 months is nutso.
Is this a regional thing or do others find themselves to be the exception rather than the rule?