Sara - posted on 02/22/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )
I find that the more I tried to plan or rather...the more I had my mind made up on before having my son - the more I have learned that sometimes you have to let go of what you think you know and let your baby lead the way. I used to say I would never nurse a child with teeth and didn't understand how any woman could...my son has five teeth - has for a while - and we're going strong with no problems at all! I said I would never nurse longer than 12 months but my son is now 13 months and I see nothing wrong with it. I planned to stop around 12 but when I first started to introduce whole millk my son got the runs. Under doctors advice we stopped the whole milk and gave only breast milk (besides his regular food) for a few weeks to "reset" his digestive system. When I was ready to introduce milk again everyone in my house got a really bad flu and my son was sick for over a week so I decided that the breast milk would be better for him. Once I started thinking about it I realized that the only pressure to stop at 12 months comes from society - and that certainly doesn't make it right. So guess I'm hoping my baby will tell me when it's time to get off the boob. I'm just wondering what everyone thinks about child lead weaning and what everyones plans are (not to say they'll actually be carried out LOL) about how and when they'll stop nursing.