Re: Solids and Breastfeeding - SO confused!
Commercial, iron-fortified cereals are often the first foods served to babies who are not breastfeeding because they need the extra iron, but breastfed babies are rarely anemic as the iron in human milk is well-utilized. If there is concern about the baby's iron levels, a simple test can be done in the doctor's office.
This may help you understand where your dr's coming from (ffing) and what the reality is about bfing.
If you aren't absolutely sure about weaning at a year, the best and easiest thing to do is simply to follow your daughter's lead and let her play and experiment. At that age, I was nursing DS on demand (which for us was 10-12 times/24 hours), then usually gave him a bit of my banana at lunch and some homemade sweet potatoes or apples at dinner. (I think at that age it was about 1 ice cube.) We'd give him a bite, eat our dinner for a bit, give him another bite, etc. It certainly was a leisurely thing for us. As he started to pick things up, we added peas, carrots and whole wheat rotini to the mix and gradually added more things as he got older. If we went out of town for the weekend, he would usually simply revert to being exclusively bf and didn't mind a bit.
As far as TTC, a lot of moms who nurse frequently have their periods return around 12-14 months. Of course, there is a huge range, but there's nothing to say that yours won't come back without nursing. And, as long as you are ovulating, there's no solid evidence that nursing impacts TTC or pregnancy. Adventures in Tandem Nursing has a lot of good information about the changes that take place in your body when nursing and pregnant if you are interested in gathering some more information.
DS 1/2006 9 lb. 2 oz. 22 in.
DD 10/2008 8 lb, 2 oz. 20 in.