This is always a super happy time and a super sad time for me. I know I'm ready, I can count how many bottles of breast milk Micah has had in 11.5 months on 1, maybe 2 hands. I don't go far the first year (or after that truly). I always have a goal of 12 months of breastfeeding (really, just no formula), but I knew by 9 months that we were going to be cutting it close! My doctor said by 11 months if he was starting to bite or have extreme sucking (which is what we are currently having...OUCH), he could start on whole milk. So 11 months came and went and we were good, but then he started again and so last Thursday, we cut out the middle of the day nursing (we were down to morning, before 2nd nap and nighttime). The first 4 days I did half breast milk/half whole milk in the sippy cup, and then I ran out of breast milk! Today was our first day to cut the morning session to whole milk too.
I'm much more torn about this this time verses with Cara. Cara was ready, I was ready, I started the day after her birthday and it took 9 days total. She wasn't sad, she loved her sippy (which Micah does too), but this time, I can tell Micah is confused and is still looking to nurse. Each day gets better and he's taking more and more milk out of the sippy (which he's had with water since 6.5 months), looking back I'm just sad I started. I could have waited another 2 weeks. I know I'll feel FREE and happy when we're done, but I may extend the evening nursing longer now. I was going to do 5 more days with no morning feeding then cut out the evening, but I don't know now. Anyways, there's where we are at. Wanted to keep it in the archives for my future reading, which is how I knew when/how C was weaned too! :)