Breastfeeding is as beautiful as it is beneficial for both babies and their mothers. Like all good things, however, even the breastfeeding relationship must come to an end. Regardless of your baby’s age, how long you’ve been nursing, or how well it has gone, knowing the signs you're ready to begin the weaning process is just as important as knowing the signs your baby is also ready. Although, ideally, your "weaning timelines" will be somewhat aligned, your body will show its own signs of readiness to wean just like your baby's body will.
Of course, because breastfeeding is mainly done for your baby, it's best to fully consider your baby's readiness before you begin the weaning process. According to La Leche League International (LLLI), weaning should be just that — a process — not an abrupt, overnight change. If you're hoping for a successful and smooth transition from breastfeeding to solids starting slowly is usually the best option for both your own body and your baby's.
Whether you're excited to wean or dreading the process (or maybe a mixture of both), knowing the signs you're both ready to begin is vital for a successful transition from one phase to the next.