My dd just had her 1st birthday. I was so proud to reach 1 year - my goal had been no formula, and we made it. It took a lot of work - I've worked outside the home for 3 days/week ever since she was 12 weeks old, so I had to pump 2-3 times/day at work and towards the end of this year in the early morning hours too because my milk supply fell off a bit and I had to wake up at 4:00 when my breasts were full in order to have enough for daycare. But we did it and I'm so happy.
Now I'm really confused and unsure about weaning. I really love bf-ing and so does dd, but I am beginning to feel that weaning her within the next 6 months is a good idea for the following reasons:
1) Her pediatrician said that after 18 months she'll be resistant to break habits because she'll be 'at that age' so it could be very hard to wean her later; I have absolutely no issues with other people that decide to bf into the 2nd and 3rd year, but it's just not for me
2) I want my body back
3) I want to reconnect with my husband physically and my breasts are just off limits if I'm bf-ing
4) I want to share more equally with my husband the work of our daughter's care. He wants this too. Constant bf-ing means that I'm kind of 'monopolizing' that role - which I've loved too, but I realize I need to make space for him too
BUT, on the other hand, I am so sad to think about my dd growing up and not having that wonderful connection with her on a regular basis. My husband says I should do whatever I want, he's totally fine with whatever choice I make.
So I'm confused. Obviously it has to happen eventually. How do I decide when?