My friend told me if she had known some of the things I knew, she would have breastfed beyond the 4 months she did. She quit because she didn't have the support she needed from her family. It kills me that this is taboo in our western culture. Support is essential. I am lucky for Lacey Echelle; my sister, Ashley Clinesmith; childhood friend, Heather; and nurse, Lisa. They have all breastfed for a year and beyond. It is a huge accomplishment!
Random things to consider
1. When you breastfeed you generally don't have a period. Wonderful!
2. When you breastfeed it literally sucks the fat off of you. Double wonderful!
3. Dairy can make your baby's tummy hurt. Motivation to eat right!
4. Stress can dry up your milk. So stay calm at all costs and excuse yourself to chill out.