Here's a tip if you are looking for information on weaning your child from breastfeeding: don't look on the Internet unless you want to be guilted into nursing until your child is going off to college.
I'm all for breastfeeding. My plan is to do it for a year, according to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. But, I believe you have to do what is healthiest for baby, even if that means switching to formula to prevent starvation.
Babies respond differently. Some don't have to be taught to latch properly. Some know right away how to be a good eater. Some mothers have great milk supplies and don't have to pump for hours just to get one decent bottle once they go back to work.
Peanut and I were part of that some. The only problem I've ever had is having too much milk in the beginning and I'm not about to complain about that given the way I've seen some moms struggle with their supplies.
Back to the topic at hand. I plan to start the process of weaning Peanut so that when we hit her first birthday in July, we are all happy and settled without the need to nurse. I feel I have fulfilled this mothering duty and I'm ready to move on to the next phase. Plus, I want my body back so I can drink so much caffeine that I have heart palpitations. And I'm tired of carrying that pump every day, lurking outside of the unisex bathroom twice a day, waiting to pump. And I want to wear better bras, ones that might not accidently unleash my breast if I pull on the strap the wrong way.
Call me selfish.
I've been trying to find info on the best way to wean. I googled it and, well, don't do that. The most prominent sites don't really offer any info. It's more about how if you wean your child before they are ready they will go on to a life of crime and publicly blame you for all of their woes.
Some did give helpful info but not before telling me that if baby isn't ready to be weaned, the process could be very traumatic (kind of like researching weaning baby).
So I've got a handful of tips - don't do it suddenly, skip a feeding, shorten feeding time, etc. I suppose that's the best advice anyone can really give but if you have more, let me know. I'm open to anything that won't make me feel like I'm the worst mother of the year for weaning my child.