My ds is 11 months. My goal for breastfeeding is one year at least. We're very close but I was thinking that if he wanted to, I would nurse him longer than a year.
But here lately, it seems like he's decreasing the frequency and amount of nursing on his own. He eats a TON of solids these days and while I always offer the breast before and after he has them, he doesn't nurse as long as he used to. He will stop and pull off after like 5 minutes or so and when I try to get him back on he will refuse and squirm/scream/bite until I put him down to play or eat. He used to nurse 6 or more times a day. We are currently at 4 nursing sessions a day, no night nursing. The only session where he will eat for a good long while is first thing in the morning. The rest of the day, it's more like 3 or 4 short 'snacks', and even the bedtime feeding has been shortened.
Is this his way of showing me he's ready to move on from nursing? I'm afraid that is what's happening here. And while I know there will be benefits to getting my boobs back, I'm not sure if I'm ready to give it up. I so enjoy the closeness and bonding it gives us.
How do you all deal with letting go? *Sniff* They grow so fast...