Mom bf'd all seven of us ('71-84) -- All but me for 15-18 months. I went on a nursing strike/weaned at 10 months when Mom was 4 months pregnant with my younger sister. While mom was traveling with me and my older sister, cross-country by herself on a train.
Poor mom. My youngest sister was a 2 month preemie and Mom still bf'd her (pumped etc. during NICU time for breastmilk). Mom also hand-expressed when she had to return to work while any of us were still bf -- which she tried to avoid.
Mom didn't start solids with us 'til sometime around 5ish months (I think she was "supposed" to at 3ish months, but Mom read The Womanly Art
and was a nurse and watched for readiness cues instead?). She did start cow's milk with us at meals by the time we were 8 months (she started at 6 months with one sister, ironically the one who had an infant cow's milk allergy that wasn't diagnosed 'til she was 2, Mom feels guilty about that). The docs were saying to start at 6 months. The foods mom fed us were mostly mashed table foods (Mom cooks pretty low-fat, low-salt, healthy meals).
Mom wanted to do CLW and didn't/doesn't realize that the early intro of solids and especially early intro of cow's milk is what most likely ended the nursing relationships with us .... By the time we were 12 months, she says most of us were just nursing morning and night, drinking cow's milk at meals and the rest of the time. She's not been pushy about the fact that Ina bf'd 'til 2 1/2 (curious and kept reassuring me that "she'll quit one day," as if I needed the reassurance
) -- and I don't want to rain on her parade. She did a great job bfing past a year, given when she was doing it!!
The local doctors would refer nursing women who were having problems to talk to Mom about them (very small rural community and no LLL). I don't think she had many problems with her doctors - but as a respected nurse, and a pretty well-informed and stubborn woman, I don't think she gave them much room for input either.