Eleanor is getting to be absolutely miserable to nurse. It's almost to the point where I'm dreading our time because she's all over the place.
Rolling around on my lap CONSTANTLY. If she hears a noise, she pops off and whips around to see what's going on. She's much less patient with working it until let-down and then when the milk finally does start flowing, she's fine until it starts to slow down (about a minute in) and then she's pissed that it's not quick enough for her.
She's gaining weight perfectly fine and has plenty of wet diapers. So I guess she's getting enough but I definitely don't feel like I'm her primary source at the moment. She's eating way more food in her high chair than any of my other three did at her age.
I'd started giving her some water in a bottle because I was worried that she wasn't getting enough milk from me to stay hydrated. She takes sips here and there when she's eating but I don't feel like she's downing the bottle or anything.
I'd even *gasp* given her a little formula after one nursing session because I felt like maybe she was still hungry (she was particularly fussy but I'm thinking it's teething) and she drank maybe 1-2 oz of it. So it's not like she was downing 4 oz to fill her belly, you know?
I feel like she's trying to wean but I'm unsure of what to do. If I could have my way I'd get my still, patient baby back and we'd continue nursing for a long while. But that's not going to happen. And frankly, I'm just about aggravated enough to let her wean. But she's only 10.5 mo. And it's not like she'd take a bottle of formula to get her nutrition.
But then I'm thinking is 12 months really some magical age where they don't need breast/formula anymore? Am I stressing about this too much? And I just need to continue nursing her every three hours until she's a year and then just let her do her thing?
Thanks for making it this far.