Torn between weaning and continuing to breast feed!
My daughter is now 13 months old and we hit our personal breast feeding benchmark at 12 months last month. Now I'm torn between weaning and continuing to nurse. I've been putting a lot of thought into this. Weighing the pros and cons of weaning vs. "bfing"(apparently this is mom code for breast feeding so I'll refer to it as BF moving forward since it makes my life easier). So what better way to lay out my options than to solicit the input of my fellow mom bloggers who may have already gone through this experience. Moms out there who have weaned their children... I have several questions for you! At what age did you start weaning your little one? What difficulties did you find and did any specific strategies work for you? Has anyone tried the cold turkey approach and was it effective??
Here are my thoughts on continuing to BF:
Pros: quality of sleep is amazing since milk is readily available and Izzy still wakes about twice a night to feed (on a good night). Yes this waking up twice a night is another topic I'd like to get into later.
I honestly love the bonding that BFing offers. As a full time working mom, after dinner and bath time, I have to admit that I truly and honestly enjoy winding down on the couch with my daughter while nursing and reading her a book. She's learned to relate nursing with reading and nap time and frankly I don't have a problem with it.
It's absolutely one of the best sources of nutrients I can offer her, with added supplementation of vitamin D. She's also eating a considerable amount and variety of sold foods that I pre-cook each weekend for her to eat during the week.
So what are the cons?
She's very attached to the nursing process. She is very demanding of her milk and has learned to motion for it with a distinctive slapping of momma's chest. She also thinks it is ok to pull down my shirt and help herself whenever she wants which could be a problem depending on where I'm at at any given time.
She's stillllllll waking up for night time feeds which some moms have told me isn't typical behavior for her age. Sleeping through the whole night without feeding would be miraculous but for now it is a work in progress.
With that being said...here are my thoughts on weaning:
Wishfully thinking that weaning will lead to more sleep.
Weaning would mean no more BF pads (which would save a good amount of money however I invested in some pretty good reusable cloth pads so I think 13 months of use is a good return on investment)
I won't have to worry about my daughter stripping me for a snack.
I can begin to transition her into her crib.
I'm very interested to hear from other moms who have gone through this process so please, any advice would be amazing! Thanks for reading...