D just turned one and is on the mend from her second in a series of two surgeries 10 days ago. All went well, and once she gets past the recovery stage, I'd like to work on weaning. My plan is to do the don't offer don't refuse method. Over the past month or two her interest in nursing definitely waned, but after her surgery she did want to nurse a little more during our first few days home. I think that as she gets further away from the surgery, she'll get less interested again. My concern is keeping up with her nutrition while she's weaning.
We gave her cow's milk for the first time late last week and she's kind of non-committal about it. I've been giving it to her a few times a day to get her used to it, and she will take at most a few sips of it and that's it (and a few sips is being generous). She is comfortable drinking water from a cup, so I know that she can drink from a cup, I think she's just not sure what to do with milk yet.
In terms of other foods, we basically do three meals a day with a snack or two (depending on our schedule). she eats a wide variety of foods, lots of vegetables, some fruit, protein, grains, etc. I think that in terms of solid food, she gets a good variety, although she doesn't always eat things so much as plays with them.
Do I need to wait until she's drinking milk regularly before weaning or would she start drinking milk more if she's nursing less? Could I replace the milk with other forms of dairy, or other forms of calcium? Is she eating enough even if she's playing with her food some of the time? (so many questions in my head)