I breastfed my daughter until she was 2 years and three months.
Although it seemed common sense to me that breast milk is best, I was tremendously relieved to find so much evidence to support this theory because I couldn’t be bothered to sterilise bottles and mix formula!
Honestly, what would any sleep-deprived new mother rather do at 3:00am: mix and heat a bottle of formula or lift her nightshirt?
It also made travelling much easier. I had my hands full on a trans-Atlantic flight with a two-month old and all the nappies, the infant carrier, etc. Thank goodness I didn’t need to pack bottles!
My advice to new mothers (if they are able to breastfeed) would be, “Don’t make things harder than they need to be. Breastfeed!”
P.S. It might just be coincidence, but my daughter didn’t get her first ear infection until three months after we stopped nursing. She also didn’t catch my colds while we were nursing.