It's amazing how proud everyone is of nursing for a long time. When I was a young mom, I was conflicted about nursing for a long time with my first and got more comfortable as we went along and with future kids. It was just so uncommon at the time.
I also think there's a kind of ambivalence that is part of the mom's weaning too. Do any of you feel ambivalent about nursing for a long time even though you know it's cool or do you feel totally relaxed about it?
My number (33 months with my one kiddo) does reflect a lot of pride, but there's a lot it leaves out, too. Like the fact that I got a breast infection almost right away and my nursing relationship with DD was very touch-and-go for the first four months. Like the fact that as a full-time working mom, I was overwhelmed by the demands of pumping and all-night nursing (my DD reverse cycled) and I occasionally supplemented with a little formula just so that I wouldn't lose my mind. Like the fact that I was very ambivalent about weaning. I felt ready to wean at about 18 months, but DD didn't wean until 33 months. There were lots of baby steps along the way, lots of reasons that I continued even though I wasn't loving every minute of it, lots of reasons that I put a lot of boundaries around it with my DD so that I could continue even through my ambivalence.
So, yes, the numbers say something, but behind every number there are a whole lot of stories!