My DS is over 8 months old and currently combines breastfeeding (4 x per day, plus 1-2 feeds overnight) with 3 x solid meals per day. He is a good eater and has large quantities of solids (usually 2 x courses), meat, fish, dairy, veges, pasta etc.
I am beginning to think about weaning him, or at least partially weaning him ie giving him ABM during day (2 x feeds) but keep b-feeding morning and evening. Overnight I would like him to stop feeding ideally but that is another issue entirely.
He is not a fussy eater/drinker and will take a bottle of ABM so I'm not concerned that he would be hard to switch.
Just wondering about other's experiences weaning or partially weaning around this age. My goal was to get to 6 months breastfeeding and I have gone well past this - I have been thinking 12 months now but am struggling to express enough as have gone back to work a few days a week and all the expressing (with little result) is getting me down and stressed.
My main concerns are that formula is expensive (and if I can get to 12 months without it my MCHN says I can just use cows milk, much cheaper and more convenient!). I am also worried that if I try partially weaning, my supply may drop more than intended making it impossible for me to b-feed morning and evening. Also we are travelling overseas in 2 months and I would much rather be able to b-feed than worry about bottles etc.
My other worry is b-feeding is the ONLY thing that calms my DS when he is a horror, blood-curdling screaming mess at 2.30 in the morning. Not that this is a regular occurance, but he will NOT be rocked, patted, sung to sleep, he is a self settler (I do not and can not feed-to-sleep), its more about calming him quickly when he works himself up into a frenzy. B-feeding him almost always gets him calm and therefore able to get back to sleep. He will not take a bottle when he is very worked up (although if I wean maybe he would?).
Sorry this is long I guess I am still in 2 minds about it. I am extremely tired and crave the flexibility bottle-feeding would provide and I'm really over expressing all the time, its getting harder and harder to get enough. I think if I could maybe mix-feed it would be ideal but as mentioned worried about how successful this may be.