Osian has seemed to decide he no longer wants breastfed. It's really come out of the blue, and I'm not sure what to do about it. I think it's either one of two things, either self weaning or nursing strike.
A nursing strike is when a baby just refuses to feed. I looked it up and there are various reasons why a baby may go on a strike, such as a cold, ear infection, teething, etc but none of which seem to apply to Osian. A nursing strike is said to last between 2 to 5 days, we are now on the 4th day so I'm starting to rule this theory out, but even so I have been trying to express milk to keep my supply up, but it isn't working out all that great.
As each day goes by I'm getting more and more convinced that he has just self weaned. Which I am now telling myself is a good thing, I was hoping he would self wean when we was ready (although I hadn't decided on an age I would go up to with this) I just wasn't expecting it to be so soon. I still feel like a failure, I set a goal of 12 months for us, which we didn't reach. I was hoping to then move onto cows milk.
I wasn't expecting him to go from four feeds a day to nothing. I wasn't expecting the last time I fed him before his afternoon nap on Saturday to be the last time nurse him. I wasn't ready for this, I wasn't prepared.
The main thing is that Osian was ready for this, it has been his decision. Which is a good thing, I'm glad we stopped when he was ready and I didn't have to stop him when I was. He's happy, he's himself, he's healthy, they're the main priorities, and he's happy with this decision, I will just have to be too.
We have always demand fed and if the demand is no longer there, then there needn't be any feeding.