I am not currently weaning but do have a question about it. DD is just shy of 4 months. She is fairly advanced for her age. She loves standing and is practicing taking steps. She is also teething with those two top front teeth bulging just under the gum surface. Whenever we eat a meal, she protests being left in her bouncy seat even on the floor near the table. She wants to be held on my lap at the table (or even sit or stand or walk on the table). However, relatively recently she has taken a very active interest in the food on our plates. She will sit and stare at the food and last Thursday she tried to grab the honey mustard off my plate!
Now I realize she is too young to introduce solids. We are planning on waiting until she is about 6 months even though she seems anxious to start trying other foods (she has been anxious to do everything since she was about 6 weeks) just to make sure her tummy is as ready to handle them as she seems to be.
However, here is where my question comes in. I quite simply do not like breastfeeding. I don't enjoy it. I don't feel any special bonding through it. I hate doing it in public but do when I have to. I spent 3 months trying to like it and finally decided I don't like it. I'd never consider doing anything else since it is what is best for her but I don't enjoy it. That said, I find myself looking forward to introducing new foods to her and weaning her with foods she seems eager to eat. IF she does really take to solid foods in a couple of months, is it really wicked of me if she weans relatively quickly? I mean, assuming she likes solid foods, if she is weaned by 12 or 14 months, would that hurt her or mean I was denying what is best for her even if I was following her lead?
Am I having an early crisis of conscience and just using my DD's eagerness to try solids?
DD has been wanting and trying to do everything before she can. Is it selfish of me to hope she weans early?