Honestly, I didn't plan on practicing extended breastfeeding. However, once my son and I got the hang of nursing, I realized there was no reason to cut it short. My friends and family seemed a little bemused at first, and kept politely checking in with me to see if it was still something we were doing; like some weird experiment I was conducting rather than, you know, naturally feeding my child. Instead of acting like it was "odd," I wish they would have picked from the list of best things anyone could do for a mom who's extended breastfeeding, and make me feel more supported in my choice to continue breastfeeding my son.
I was lucky that my personal circumstances allowed me to have limited barriers when it came to nursing my son for as long as he wanted (and as long as I was comfortable facilitating). I worked from home so I didn't have to contend with pumping at work and, after we both got the hang of it and ironed out a few bumps, breastfeeding was painless and enjoyable for us both.
In other words, I didn't see any reason to stop until my son self-weaned when he was a little over 2 years old. The fact that I nursed him for as long as I did came as a surprise to me as much as to anyone else. Unfortunately, I did experience some negative reactions to feeding my son past the infant stage. Like anything else in parenthood (or life) you have to take the good with the bad. Thankfully, I did have some good to focus on, including the moments people did the following things for me during my extended breastfeeding relationship with my son: