With all the hubbub that the Times' piece brought about, I think most extended BFers are in agreement about one thing - there are a LOT of reasons we continue BFing into the toddler years and "showing off" isn't one of them.
As I'm sure we'll all agree, BFing a toddler can be challenging. I've definitely had days (if not weeks) when I've struggled to keep myself from just screaming "That's it, you're done!" I just keep reminding myself that there are lots of reasons to keep going.
Just to list a few ....
When DD is sick, I cherish being able to soothe her so easily while simultaneously providing her with immune boosting antibodies.
I have always been comfortable NIP and continue to do so. I love that I have a secret weapon to whip out in public situations that might require a non-nursing Mom to rush her cranky toddler out of sight.
As a working Mom, I love having an excuse to come home, snuggle with my busy girl, and put my feet up.
I really feel that nursing her at this age is teaching her to be gentle with others.
While I realize she doesn't *need* breast milk, knowing that she gets it eases my worries about nutrition because she's such a dang picky eater.
I have an excuse to duck out of certain situations. "What's that FIL? You want to talk about when we're having #2? Oh, sorry gotta run and nurse Teagan!"
Most of all, I love that she loves it. More than anything in this world, I want my child to be happy and (for me at least) BFing is an easy way to accomplish that.
What keeps you going?