Here's the short of it. . .
My 11.5 was still almost ex. BF. I began to wean by the suggestion of the lactation consultant and doctor since he wasn't gaining weight and I was killing myself trying to nurse all the time- I was a basket case and realized this was part of my PPD.
Well, I believe we rushed in to solids too quickly perhaps and also with the cows milk. We were told to offer 3 meals a day and after a couple of weeks he was gobbling them up! I began to offer milk instead of the breast. I felt like the weight of the world was off my shoulders since his growth wasn't all on me.
Unfortunately now he's got little red bumps all over his neck and they are spreading down his chest and shoulders. I am almost certain they are from the milk since this happened when I added milk back into MY diet while nursing him at 6 months. I very much regret weaning him so much. I am at the point where I only have a little every time he wants to nurse. I tried to offer milk today but he hardly eats any.
I dont' know whether to work my supply up a little (nursing was not a breeze for us and stress takes a big toll on my supply) or to begin soy milk or find yet another alternative. This is what really makes me realize the benefit of extended breastfeeding. Why should I have assumes a cow can give my child the nutrition I was made to give him?
What do mamas do who realize too late that cow's milk won't work at this point? He's 13.5 months. (And he has gained beautifully in the past two months btw. )