I swear, if one more person asks me "are you going to breastfeed H until he’s FOUR like that lady on the cover of Time?” (always with condescending tone of course), I am going to scream!
a) how long I choose to breastfeed my son is really non of your concern
b) stop being so ashamed of breastfeeding. It's natural and it's one of the best things I can do for H
c) stop judging
A lot of my choices in parenting do come from the Attachment Parenting model, but I use the principals and practices that work best for me. We share a family bed, I breastfeed, I try to wear H (although not as much as I used to--he's getting heavy!), and I don't let him cry it out when I am trying to get him to sleep. BUT--I DO use a stroller, H does get a bottle all-day long while I am at work, I am beginning to slowly move him out of the family bed, and due to low milk supply H is getting one bottle of baby formula a day. See? I made the model work for me. And you know what? If I wanted to breastfeed H until he's FOUR that's my damn business and not yours.
Let's be honest--that Time magazine article was probably a huge money-maker for them. It got tons of buzz and spurred lots of debates. That's what you get though when you sensationalize a simple, natural bodily function like breastfeeding and pit moms against each other by asking "are you mom enough?" Fuck that damn article.
There. I feel so much better now that I got that off my chest.