I always wanted to BF for 6 months to a year. Now that my LO has celebrated his one year birthday, I'm thinking it's time to wean. Truthfully, both of us still enjoy BF'ing, and I know I'll miss it when we stop, but I'm planning to go back to work at the end of August (I'm off just for the summer now) and I can't stand the thought of having to pump at work again. Plus, DH and I are going away for four days in the middle of August, and leaving LO with our parents. I was kind of hoping he'd be weaned by then, as that would make things easier for everybody.
The problem is, we seem to be going backwards. I've never been able to get LO to take a sippy cup OR a straw cup. I've tried several kidns, offering over and over again, demonstrating myself, etc. Granted, I haven't been trying either for all that long (he never showed much interest in a cup before, so I only started really pushing it after he turned 11 months). ALso, even though LO took two bottles a day in day care from December to June, he is now refusing the bottle altogether--he just wants to BF. I don't really want him on the bottle now that he's 12 months, but I figured if he got used to the bottle again, it might be easier to get him using a sippy cup. This morning, I tried to offer a bottle instead of his normal nursing session (I figured he'd be hungry enough to take it) but he kept pushing the bottle away with his hands and eventually started crying.
He eats fairly well at mealtimes and is eating three times a day (he still prefers purees to finger foods, but that's a problem for another post), but I find myself wanting to BF four times a day, just to make sure he's getting enough liquids. It's been really, really hot, so I've been especially concerned about him not drinking enough.
So at this point, I don't know what to do. Should I just keep BF'ing, and hope the rest works itself out? Stop BF'ing, and assume he'll use a cup when he gets desperate enough? Forget the bottle, but keep offering the sippy cup? Seriously, I have no idea, and all the information I find online seems so vague. Help?