A friend recently asked me if I had any tips for breastfeeding as long as possible. Here is a list of the things that I have found out in the past year of breastfeeding:
Never give up! Yes, it will be hard. But if you stick with it, breastfeeding does get easier as you and baby become better at it. Practice makes perfect!
Make sure your pediatrician shares your views on breastfeeding and is supportive of your decision. If not, switch and find one more compatible with your parenting style!
Once you start solid food, keep breastfeeding as much as you did beforehand. Look at solid foods as snacks in between the real meals of breastmilk.
Ask questions when you need to and have a support system. Get in touch with other breastfeeding moms either by computer or in real life. Don't be afraid to ask, other moms want to see you succeed! Read information on breastfeeding: I recommend The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and the Sears Baby Book. If you have lactation consultants available to you, use them!
Ignore people who say, "You mean you're STILL breastfeeding?" You are doing what you think is best for your baby and for your style of parenting. Stick to your instincts! The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding at least until a child is 2.
Enjoy it! You are the only one who gets to have this special bond with your baby. The time goes by quickly so soak up every minute while you can.