Re: Weaning Advice--baby soothed by the breast
Relax. 4 months will bring a lot of changes, so you really shouldn't stress about this right now. Just enjoy this time with your baby.
That being said, I think you've picked up on 2 of the issues that can make weaning challenging- first, that nursing is the absolute most reliable way to soothe a baby, and second, that many babies don't eat more than a token amount of solid food until well into their second year. The first problem is one you'd have to tough your way through, working to find alternate ways to comfort baby and get him to sleep. It could be a hard transition, depending on how reliant you and your baby are on nursing at the time you decide to start weaning. The second issue is even more intractable, in a way, because you cannot force a baby to eat a healthy and balanced diet of solids. If your baby is not eating more solids by a year, you may have some hard decisions to make about weaning. Remember that breastmilk is supposed to make up the majority of baby's diet until a year- so you really should not be expecting baby to "move away" from nursing at this very early stage.
I know lots of moms feel "done" at around 12 months, but I personally hope you'll decide to keep an open mind about nursing past a year. Toddler nursing is fun, convenient, it's easy compared to nursing a baby, and you can retain as many or as few nursing sessions as you and baby want. Let us know if you're open to the idea! I personally love talking about the benefits of extended nursing- and the challenges, too. no pressure, of course!
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