Natural Weaning Age for Humans
Archeology and anthropology show that what we now call “extended” breastfeeding was unequivocally the vast majority of practice throughout the history of humanity (regardless of abundance of nutrients in available foods).
When mothers couldn’t or chose to not breastfeed, children often died. Now, there are other options, which allow these children to live.
The point is, there is not always an easy blanket right-or-wrong. As a culture, we apparently cannot deal with a range of options, of practices, without assigning good or bad, right or wrong to them (ahem, violent hierarchies). We decide on a norm, and demonize everything else, ignoring context.
But maybe, as individuals, we can try to overcome that and be at least a little bit nuanced and careful with our thinking.