I am aiming towards weaning about 1 year of age. My DH and I discussed this as a compromise - I originally was going to BF for 3 months, then 6, then a year...
It's important to my DH that my DS is weaned about 1 year for many reasons. If this is important to my DH, it's imperative that I make an effort to do even if at this point I feel as if I could BF for the next 15 years.
So, how? I've read lots of weaning info and have a general idea of don't ask, don't refuse, dropping nursing sessions etc, but still feel as if I need guidance from Mom's who have BTDT successfully.
I might add it's important to my DH that my DS not cry either (yes, my DH is sometimes impossible!) but my DS hardly cries, partly because he's just a happy type, but partly because he's had extreme APing for the past 6 months.
He is taking one solids meal a day now - so that's one nursing time that's already been dropped. THis is about 1 hour before bedtime, then he's nursed to sleep...so not really sure if that's a dropped session or not.
I plan to start him on a second solid meal a day in January, then a 3rd in February. Currently his meal is about 2 ounces of banana, apple or sweet potato. Not sure if that's important to know.
Okay, now, I want to make sure he's getting proper nutrition. My goal is no formula at all...so how do I do this? I know he needs lots of BM nutrition during the first year. Can I begin the weaning before the year is up, or will that depend on how his solids eating is going ( He LOVES food and eating so far...)
I also co-sleep, so night-weaning will probably be the last to go. I know DH isn't gonna be thrilled with crying at night )which our DS has NEVER done...
I am just getting freaked out about it all. My DH and I have had several recent conversations about it and I just want to do it with as little stress to my DS as possible, while still being sensitive to the needs of my DH. We have discussed that I'll need to be particulary careful around teething time etc...so there is some leeway here.
Any advice? Thanks ladies.