Since becoming a mother, I have noticed that people suddenly think it's imperative for you to hear their opinions, whether online or in real life. I find myself absolutely exhausted listening to unsolicited advice. Specifically, I have spent too much time feeling offended and disrespected as a result of rude comments on how I "still" breastfeed my 18-month-old daughter. Telling someone off doesn't come easily to me, so I laugh awkwardly and then passionately air my grievances to my husband later.
I've realized that this does a disservice to both me and the person making the comment. I end up feeling isolated and bitter, but, more than that, the other person walks away from our interaction no more informed than before, continuing to perpetrate their negative judgments on the world around them. So, I have decided to view these as opportunities to educate people about the benefits of "extended" breastfeeding.
We can all complain on the internet about savage behavior, but if we aren't trying to enact change in our daily lives and within those experiences, then are we really being heard?