My DS will be turning one in less than a month...wow has time flown. He's been exclusively breastfed even through our various challenges -- colic, food allergies that were helped through my eating an extremely strict elimination diet for months but that finally resolved when he was about 6 months, a nursing strike at 2 months, and worst of all, I had to have major surgery just last month to correct a horrific birth injury I suffered (and we've been able to continue breastfeeding no problem even through my recovery where I'm not able to lift him up).
Anyway, I definitely understand the benefits of continuing to breastfeed past a year and don't plan to wean him. But since it's been an incredibly stressful year, I am looking forward to not feeling so stressed about having him being so dependent on me for nutrition. He still nurses every 2-3 hours during the day and for the past few weeks less at night (we co-sleep, and he is finally sleeping much, much better -- he's down to maybe nursing 2 times a night). He eats and really likes a variety of solids -- he has breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. He does well with finger foods. He's been gaining weight great ever since he was born! He's very active -- he started walking at 9.5 months, and by now he's literally running around everywhere.
My questions are:
1. Do I introduce milk to him after he turns a year? Since he'll still be nursing, how much milk do I give him a day? How much water? He currently doesn't drink any water or other liquids besides breast milk. But I've let him try pumped breast milk out of a sippy cup a couple of times so that he could learn how to drink out of a sippy cup.
2. Should I still offer nursing every few hours during the day or only let him "demand"? By now, I sort of wait for him to walk up to me and "demand" but if it's been almost three hours since the last nursing session, I always offer.
LLL and this board have been great sources of support throughout this past (almost!) year.