My mom believes she did CLW with us, and I suppose for the times (70's and early 80's), it was essentially that..... As well as it could be given the information she had and was given.
I weaned at 10 months when she was 4 months pregnant with my next sister (it was abrupt, a nursing strike while she was traveling cross-country with just us kids on the train; probably her milk changing with pregnancy? It sounds like she and I were both miserable when it happened).
Everyone else nursed somewhere between 15 months and 18 months, but all were drinking cow's milk by 8 months (per doctor's advice) with meals, and by a year of age were mostly down to only nursing 2-3 times/day. So in the end it was unintentional MLW ....
My Dad and I were talking when Ina was about 2, about nursing, and he told me one of his favorite memories of Mom nursing - when Mom was getting ready for bed one night, putting her nightgown on, their first baby (who was about 15 months at the time) launched herself at Mom and just jumped onto her and latched on with a huge grin on her face.
Mom kept reassuring me, with Ina, that "Oh, she'll wean soon, babies don't nurse much past a year of age." She got a bit concerned when Ina was still nursing happily at two years of age, and I know it made her a little uncomfortable/worried in terms of "how long" we'd go -- but she and Dad (and everyone else truly) were great about it in the end. And, believe it or not, when talking about bf with my family awhile ago, my sister who weans promptly at a year, became very defensive about weaning then instead of continuing to nurse like me ... how's that for a switch, instead of the CLW Mom being attacked? (I'm still proud of her for nursing a full year, given that she WOH and her dh doesn't help with baby care and she doesn't cosleep).
I've never told Mom that she wasn't really doing CLW, because she is very proud of letting us nurse as long as we needed to. There is no need to take that away from her! I'm proud of her for all she did with us.
Not all who wander are lost.