So, my friend B asked me for weaning advice, and I am ill equipped to answer her questions since my kids could not get off the boob fast enough.
If I remember correctly, Adriana started eating cereal at 4 months and I was supplementing with formula soon after, and Lucia started eating cereal at 6 months, but I think I might have supplemented with formula around 4 months with her too. Adriana loved purees and thought those Gerber squeezy pouches were the best snack ever until she was almost 3, but Lucy never really liked them and always preferred table food (and lots of it). Both girls had HUGE appetites from day one, and my boobs never really cut it once I went back to work at 4 months. As soon as I started pumping, my supply tanked, and by 8 months both girls were done. Plus it was heartbreaking to pump all day and not even have an ounce to show for it, so I was pretty done too.
It was kind of a natural exit with Adriana; I was COMMITTED to making it a year and tried really hard, but she had no interest in them once they weren't making enough to satisfy her. She'd want to play or bite or look around, basically anything except nurse. I probably could have stretched Lucy out another few weeks, but we had hearings coming up and I was going to be away from home, only seeing the girls on the weekend. I didn't want to be tied to a pump when I was traveling, so I think I quit pretty close to cold turkey. She totally didn't miss it, she loved her bottle.
My friend's daughter is 14 months and not showing any sign of stopping. You know how you feel when your kid isn't sleeping through the night and you feel like it will never, ever end? I think that's how she feels about breastfeeding. She is ready to be done, and doesn't know the best way to go about weaning.
If you weaned your kids after a year, please let us know how you did it. Any advice is appreciated!!