I recently had a unpleasant conversation with my husband about breastfeeding and I was shocked at his response. He has always been pretty open minded about anything I've brought up during the pregnancy. He was a bit nervous and uncomfortable about the home birth idea but he listened to what I had to say and did some research and now he's my biggest supporter and will defend my decision to anyone. He was the same way about vaccinations (I'm not anti-vaccination I just don't agree with a couple of them and want to space them out a bit). So I was quite shocked when I brought up the fact that I had read in a book (Dr. Sears' The Vaccine Book) that it was a good idea to breastfeed until about two years of age.
He was completely disgusted! He said absolutely not! I remained calm and kind of laughed a little actually. I was like I didn't mean to upset you but wouldn't you like to find out why some people might choose to do that before you decide it's not going to happen? He said if he's old enough to ask for it he's too old and I'm not having some 5 year old begging to be breastfed. I said well 2 is not 5 I don't know where that's coming from. And if you're worried he will have breast issues we can switch to putting the milk in bottles at a certain point I was planning on having to pump at some point anyway so where's the harm in that? He was just completely closed to the idea and said that as soon as he could eat solid foods that was it for breastmilk. I just don't understand.
Does anyone else have this issue with their partner? I have since then researched the issue and it seems that breast milk is quite beneficial even after solid foods are introduced because it continues to deliver antibodies and aids in digestion along with lowering the chance of obesity and SIDS etc. There just seems to be so many reasons why it would be a good idea at least until even 1 year. I was curious to hear how long you all breastfed your other children or plan to breastfeed the one you're carrying.