my DS is 14 mos old and has been a happy nurser almost from day one. but now that he is older, he is easily distracted and sometimes will decide that nursing isn't what he wants to be doing.
today, we were with my in-laws for a baptism and potluck and i took him to the car around 1:45 to nurse so that when i went to work at 2:30 til 10:30 i wouldn't feel engorged. and he wouldn't nurse. he played with the car buttons and the windows, pushed me away and had no interest in nursing.
i got home from work around 10:30 and was going to wake him since i'm feeling very full and tender, and my husband said that he's been patient this long, and now it's time to wean him.
he thinks that there is no reason to keep nursing him since he is eating table foods so well, drinks from a cup just fine, and is generally happy not to nurse unless he is tired or not feeling good.
the only thing he won't drink is milk, and we keep offering it to him, but he just tosses the cup on the floor. he does eat cheese, yogurt, and other calcium rich foods, and he eats alot of protein and fats (peanut butter, cream cheese, beans, meat ect) but just not milk.
so i guess what im asking since i didn't have this issue with our daughter (she self weaned at 8 mos and we barely nursed anyways) is how do i go about weaning him? i haven't nursed for 10 hrs, and i expect him to sleep another 6 at least. will i get an infection? i have gone 10 hrs or so without nursing when we've traveled, or slept great and was only slightly engorged. should i just not offer at all? or when he wakes up, nurse as usual? or just give a cup of milk or juice? he's been healthy and happy from day one, and i see no reason to stop nursing, but pressure from hubby, family, friends, work, and sometimes just feeling like it would be so much easier if it were over has given me thoughts on weaning.
any thoughts would be great. thanks!!