Re: weening my 5 month old
I have a baby around your son's age and I would seriously consider the work involved in formula. THe preparing, the cleaning... "whipping it out" is much easier and if they aren't actually super hungry nothing goes to waste and there is never any clean up (except spit up which comes either way). Using formula could actually make your day more work and more stress and more complicated.
As far as the sleep situation goes - DD used to wake up 2 times to eat overnite but I noticed that one of the sessions was really short and that she was using me to fall back to sleep more than for nutrition. So I started offering her a pacifier during that feeding right around the time she turned 5 mos and sure enough she fell right back to sleep. Now she wakes up around 1am for the pacifier or a belly rub or some gentle words and once again between 4-6am to eat. At that point I bring her in bed with me so I can lay down while she eats and get some rest and cuddles until we wake up for the day at 7. I am MUCH better rested since starting this. HTH
I'm Melissa, DD (01/12/2009) weaned at a little over 2 1/2 years