Many of you may not believe it but have just dropped my DD's bedtime feed at 15months. I have no doubt she would have happily continued but I thought it was about time and it would have only become more difficult the older she got. She seems to be absolutely fine about it but I feel so desperately sad to leave behind such a special part of our relationship.
Have many of you felt similarly? How long do these feelings last?
You say that "I thought it was about time" But also "I feel so desperately sad"
Is it possible that your reasons for stopping are perhaps not as powerful as you originally thought? If you want to continue, that is a completely valid decision, you know! Many, many mothers decide to let things run their course happily to a natural conclusion. We don't always advertise that fact which means people don't realise this is quite normal.
Only you can decide of course, and you will find support here whatever you choose. But consider basing your decision only on you and your dd's needs and happiness. Other people's opinions are pretty irrelevant really (although they are often voiced loudly).
Loads of women just go with the flow - I'm one of them. I've found that when I mention I'm still breastfeeding, I've had relieved looks and "oh phew, me too" 'confessions' from other mothers more than once!
For me, I'm carrying on because ds loves it, I love it, it's doing him good, and me good, and makes us both really happy. Win win.
It's different for everyone, but in my case at least, a straightforward and happy decision.
I stopped completely bf DS2 just before 6 months, it had been a long hard struggle at the beginning due to flat nipples and two nasty bouts of mastitis but I carried on because I had enjoyed it so much with DS1(bf fully until 6 months, partially to 9) and did eventually with DS2. I stopped because it was becoming harder to feed him if we were out and about because he would keep pulling off and have a nose around! Now the novelty of wearing an underwired bra again has worn off nearly a month later, I really miss it!