I've thought about writing about my experience here but had been feeling that I was the only one who would know what felt right. But maybe some of you have been through this and can share your experiences.
My DS, now 14 months, exclusively breastfed up to almost a year (well solids as of 5.5 months). He started daycare at 10 months and I pumped every evening for 3 months. For sure my production went down since I only pumped at night but it never seemed to be an issue as he seemed satisfied.
Fast forward to a bit before his first birthday. My breastmilk stash was becoming dire and I decided to start transitioning to cow's milk. He got pretty used to it after a few weeks. It was a relief to have milk in endless supply that I didn't have to pump!!! DS would still nurse 2-4 times a day, mostly in the evening and night. Since DS was still waking a lot at night, I'd breastfeed him and give him a bottle of milk before bed to fill him up.
In the last two months, we've gone to 2-4 times nursing a day to now once a day or every other day.
I'm confused as to whether this is CLW or whether I'm actually encouraging him to transition completely over to the bottle. He doesn't fight for the breast and seems perfectly content with the bottle. Sometimes he refuses the breast but he does the same to the bottle.
One thing as DS turned 1, I decided I was through with nursing in public. It felt like something I wanted to be a private experience after months of nursing everywhere and anywhere. I was over baring my flabby stomach in public!!
Breastfeeding DS has been such a warm and bonding experience. I'm kind of sad to give it up and just want to make sure I'm not leading too much. The issue actually is that I have mild ADD but used to be on medication. I have been loosing a lot of things and the meds always helped me focus at work (oh and I'm in school too). So I feel I should maybe for the sake of my family's sanity have DS weaned fairly soon so I can go back to taking the meds.