I'm a single mom to a very active, intense toddler. She's well established on solids and we're down to only one nursing session a day, first thing in the morning. I really enjoy this feed because it's the only time I get sleepy cuddles with my baby, plus it lets me get an extra 10-20 minutes of rest.
Unfortunately I'm taking two medications that are in a "grey area" as far as breastfeeding safety goes. I've scoured all the literature available and none of it indicates any big risks, however both medications do cross into milk and there's not enough data to say conclusively that low levels of exposure over longer periods of time won't be harmful.
I feel very guilty and anxious about the fact that I may be exposing my daughter to these substances and I think that the potential risks of continued breastfeeding really outweigh the benefits at this age. Consequently I think it's time to start weaning.
So... having said all of that, I guess I need some guidance as to what the next steps should be. Shortening her feed? Cutting it out cold turkey and trying to distract her?
My biggest concern is that this experience is going to be traumatic for my daughter. She LOVES breastfeeding and asks to do it all the time. She would nurse all day long if I let her. Has anyone gently weaned in a similar situation? How did it go? How long did it take for your child to adjust?