I had been doing child-led weaning, but I am not sure she's ready. Maybe I read her signs wrong, or maybe she was just going through a phase where she didn't want to BF as much. Over the last few days, Olive has been getting cranky more easily and feeling more anxious when i walk away. She wants me constantly. I am taking this as a sign that she's not really ready, and that she wants to BF some more. I read in What to Expect the Second Year (she's 12.5 mos. now) that when they aren't really ready they get anxious and very needy of mommy.
This is fine with me. I will nurse/BF as long as she likes. Problem is, I got my first period since we got pregant a week ago, and I'm not producing as much milk. I think she wants more than I have to give. Oatmeal has worked before, so I think I'll try that. And hydrating more too. I haven't been drinking enough water either. and i coul always eat more well-rounded meals . . .
My ped congratulated me on finishing a full year of BFing -- he was always very supportive. He also seems to understand what fortitude it takes to do it. He says, however, that breast milk loses thickness and potency after a year and that it's pretty thin and not necessarily as good nutritionally. Not sure if he's exactly right about that & dont really care because I do know this: Olive's not ready, and I'm actually glad because the day after my period was over, I realized that she won't be my baby forever and just sobbed after i got her to sleep. So this little time we have left to BF will be very special because I get a second chance sort of. We never stopped altogether but had eliminated all but first thing in the a.m. and last thing at night.