I believe in the child led weaning philosophy (I like to say, "a met need goes away") but I'm worried it might be interfering with my son's nutrition. My 30 m/o DS has been refusing to eat most foods during the day and just keeps requesting milk. I am wondering if I should set limits around his bottles/begin working towards weaning from the bottle, or not. I am reluctant because he seems to rely on the bottle for soothing, and to limit his bottles seems incongruent with child led principles. But some days he barely eats any solids and we burn through expensive milk so quickly.
DS was EBF to 9 mos and primarily BF to 12 mos, when I had to start working F/T (I am now only working ~10 hrs/wk). I had trouble pumping enough, so the bottles he got from Daddy became increasingly attractive to him and he weaned fully by 18 mos. (If this had not happened, I would likely still be committed to a child led approach with breastfeeding). He has been drinking organic cow's milk in a bottle multiple times a day since (sometimes mixed with almond milk). He also came to rely on the bottle for soothing, and still uses it for that purpose quite frequently. Once solids were started, he grew to eat a nice range of good, whole foods, but he has become more picky as time has gone on.
BTW, I realize this forum is primarily about breastfeeding, but since child led weaning principles are important to me, I thought this might be an appropriate forum in which to post my question.
Edited by jlsmama - 12/10/11 at 8:26pm