With Joseph, I'd set out a plan to breastfeed him for at least the first 6 months.
We had a ridiculous amount of trouble. He had latch problems from the get go, he caused tons of damage and he lost a lot of weight. The first three months were horrible and I cried quite often. I'd dread looking at the clock because it would mean that I'd have to feed him again soon. It took him a long time to eat as well and we'd get a 2 hour break in between each feeding. He eventually went on a nursing strike that lasted while we were on vacation so we decided to switch to formula.
With Andrew it's been completely different.
I set a goal for 6 months, but wasn't as unrealistic in that if it didn't work it didn't work and I wasn't going to drive myself nuts making it work.
Well, on April 1st, I reached my goal and April 2nd, I surpassed it! And as of today he's been breastfeeding for 6.5 months!
He latched well from Day 1, although we did go through some lazy latch days early on and he's been a really quick eater. Usually a nursing session only lasts 10-15 minutest at the most. He doesn't like bottles which kind of sucks but we've survived this long.
Now comes the tough part. I'm still not ready to be done.
I don't produce a crazy amount of milk since he rarely goes past the 3 hour mark. I hate my pump and therefore, I don't have many bottles. He's also started getting his two bottom teeth so that's a whole adventure I'm not sure I'm willing to head into.
I guess we'll see how long we can last, but he's moving into his crib next week so we're going to be starting some sleep training and I kind of wish I knew exactly how much he was eating each feeding so I was sure he isn't hungry at night (which I figure because he doesn't nurse long at night at all).
It's all so up in the air!!!