my ds is 5 1/2 months, so i am of course thinking of getting ready to start him on some solids. i have read the article that someone posted on a baby led approach and am planning to implement the suggestions as much as possible.
my son is very ready for solids, imho. he is entranced by the foods that we eat. he can drink out of a regular cup. (i give him some water from time to time just because he loves it so much.) he is reaching for mommy and daddy's food and drink all the time. he can sit up. he has never taken a bottle or a pacifier.
my fear is that soon after i let him start eating, he will loose interest in bfing. already, he is very, very easily distracted from bfing by almost anything: a door opening, a car driving by, his father's voice... then he usually won't relatch. if my dh brings me a glass of water, ds comes off and wants the glass and will not relatch.
should i go ahead with my plans to let him teach himself to eat food in a couple of weeks and just let him decide when he doesn't want to bf anymore, or should i hold off so that he will be forced to bf longer? if he truly is ready, i don't want to deny him or to delay development, but i want him to get the bm, too.
for the record, i don't really like bfing, but i was hoping to do it part time until at least 18 mos of age for the obvious reasons. it will be both a relief and a disappointment if he self-weans early. also, ds has a ped appt (he is a big supporter of bfing) the day after his 6 mo birthday, so i do plan to discuss this with him.
what should i do?