Re: need support & encouragement weaning 1 yr old
What jumps out at me from your post is that you are really ready to pump wean, but that you "don't mind" breastfeeding. So I'm left wondering what "don't mind" really means to you. That is, are you really ready for this phase of your life to be over, or are you generally enjoying nursing and thinking that it's time to be done because your baby is a year old and you're ready to pump wean? The reason I ask is that a lot of moms continue to nurse after weaning from pumping. Once your baby is a year old and starting to eat more solid foods, you can use the breast a lot more flexibly. Nurse when you're with your baby, don't bother about supply when you're not. Use the breast to fill gaps in your baby's diet, and as a mothering tool. When I think about toddler nursing, I think of the breast as my ultimate mommy superpower. The one tool that can soothe a cranky, overtired, sick, or hurting baby when all else fails.
This is not to pressure you- at all!- just to suggest a menu option that a lot of moms don't think about.
I agree with the PP that you want to avoid bottles if possible, and wean closer to the first birthday than not. Not because it's so hard to wean from a bottle, but because bottles can be very hard on a baby's teeth. When a baby is nursing, she has to actively suck and swallow to get milk. But bottles deliver a flow of milk even when the baby is not actively sucking or swallowing, and that enables the milk to pool in the baby's mouth and feed the bacteria that cause dental decay. And unlike human milk, cow's milk from bottles is a known source of dental decay, particularly when given at night. If you're going to continue with a nightly bottle, I strongly suggest brushing your baby's teeth or wiping them down with a clean damp washcloth.
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