Re: Starting to feel unsure moving into 1 year
If he seems thirsty, you should offer him something, regardless of whether it's been 3 hours or 3 minutes. After a year, it's up to you whether you offer the breast or a sippy cup full of water. Sometimes one will be more convenient, sometimes the other. For example, it might be convenient to offer the sippy when you're trying to finish a task and don't want to stop to nurse. Or it might be convenient to offer the breast when you're feeling full or when you don't have a sippy available.
Originally Posted by @llli*edugatorgirl
Not the same way you did when your LO was a newborn. Your milk supply at this point should be pretty resilient, and your baby is probably now able to compensate for decreases in milk intake by increasing his intake of solids. If your LO occasionally goes long stretches between nursing sessions, that shouldn't be a problem- your supply won't completely tank, and your LO will just nurse more often if he needs it to come back up. But don't be afraid to offer if you feel like offering!
Do I need to "protect" milk supply by not allowing him to go longer intervals if we're out and about?
Offer one, see what he does. If he rejects one, try the other.
How do I know if he's hungry for milk or solids?
Yup. Weaning is very emotional. But it's also often a very long process, so your feelings about it may change as time goes on. You may eventually reach a point at which you are very eager for your LO to wean!
Is it normal to feel sad that the "weaning" process is now in motion-albeit slow?
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