So lately I've been thinking ahead to when my baby girl will wean. My family and those around me are not breastfeeding friendly. They are supportive but in an abstract way. (Other than my brothers girlfriend who BF for the first month or so, and my sister who pumped for about 6 months I am the first to actually BF). With my first daughter we were using a sippy cup most of the time by 9 months and there were no bottles by her first birthday, but she did use a binky for awhile. Then my second girl was around a year when she finished with her bottles and never used a binky. (And they started cereal and then the baby foods at the popular ages, sitting up supported, and so on.)
But with this one, she as been EBF for 4 months now and is sitting supported, she acts interested in my food and drinks, but that is probably just normal interest in new things. She has been acting funny when nursing, kind of on and off, then fights and goes to sleep. I'm thinking that I am going to try what I read in The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, can't remember the age or milestone associated with it, but I want to use whole foods instead of baby cereals and stuff. Like a small piece of banana and let her try to pick it up and eat it.
Going a bit off subject, but what I'm wondering is if I wait til she is older to start introducing solids, can that prolong her self-weaning.
My first two girls I pushed to reach all the 'expected' milestones, but I never pushed so hard that they stayed sad or cried much at all. With Elivia I kinda want her to stay my baby for as long as possible, but I'm also worried about BF past one year. I know many mom's continue to nurse, but I am unsure of how I feel about it. My mother and husband have already made it clear that they don't agree with BF into the toddler years. I feel like I can't just refuse to nurse her after she turns one, I didn't take the bottles and binkys of my older girls and just pitched them, but I don't think that my husband or my mom would understand.
I know I have 8 months before I have to decide, but when I hear comments from my husband about stopping when she starts teething, or from my mom about when they can ask for it they are to old to nurse. I just want to hear from other moms who have different opinions, and were actually there. (My husband isn't from a breastfeeding community, and neither is my mother, and she didn't nurse any of us either.)
Thanks everyone in advance, and hopefully my ramblings aren't too incoherent