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Your post makes me feel selfish for my post about wanting to wean my 15 month old because she drives me batty when she nurses.
With all due respect to the UA, I think MDC acknowledges that CLW isn't for every family. We're here about natrual FAMILY living, not about CLW at all costs. IMO, and I know it might not be shared by everyone here, babies are born into families. For a year life revolves around the baby. After a year, baby starts being (gently) demoted from dictator to family member, and his wants get balanced against others' needs. You've given your son 17 months of breastmilk, which is a great gift. If weaning or partially weaning is right for your family, do what's right for your family. Other than that, I can't give you much advice, except to say that you've done a great job and you should give yourself some credit. Good luck with your decision and don't be hard on yourself.
I'm so sorry you're feeling torn about this. It's really hard to make the conscious decision to start the weaning process. But, the truth is a lot of moms feel like it's time to start making steps towards weaning during the 2nd year. I personally would like to be done nursing DD by the time she's 2 and we've been working together on it.
There is a Mama-Led Weaning support thread that I sometimes post on. It's helpful to know you're not alone. It's not all or nothing either. Slowly work on eliminating one nursing session at a time, and be flexible. I'm not sure how much time you want to allow, b/c of your health, but there are definitely gentle ways to encourage weaning.
W/my DD, we've so far nightweaned and eliminated morning (wakeup) nursing sessions and mostly afternoon sessions. We now only nurse to sleep (nap and bedtime) and *sometimes* between lunch and dinner. And of course, if she gets hurt or something, and asks, I still let her. We're moving slow, lol.
It's ok to be sad about it but want it too. s
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