Unfortunately, many mothers end up having to deal with criticism about their choice to breastfeed at one point or another. Criticism from strangers happens occasionally, but tends to be easier to deal with since you’re unlikely to see those people again. Criticism from family members and others close to you can be much harder to handle.
Always keep in mind that family members and close friends who make negative comments about breastfeeding generally do so because they care for you and your child, even if their comments are uninformed or inappropriate. It may be helpful to have a heart-to-heart talk and try to find out exactly why they feel nursing is a problem – this way you can respond to specific concerns and correct any misinformation.
Some have found humor to be an effective way to hush others. You might come back with something like, “Don’t worry. I don’t think I’ll have to room-in with her when she moves into the dorm at college!”
Some people who will not listen to you will listen to a doctor or other professional. Say that your child’s doctor recommends continued nursing.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that “breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mutually desired.” The World Health Organization recommends that babies be breastfed for at least two years.
Trust your choice to breastfeed. In time, your family will see that breastfeeding is the best for you and your baby. And if not, that's ok too. You know you gave the best of you to your baby.