Breastfeeding your baby is an incredibly sweet and very important time for your baby (and you), both developmentally and relationally. But as they grow older, their body reaches a point when solid food looks more appealing and they grow less interested in nursing. It may be a sad moment for you, as the baby-mother bond grows when breastfeeding. But there are several benefits of weaning for you and baby that are OK to be excited about.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that babies be breastfed exclusively for at least the first six months of life, and then in conjunction with solids for the first 12 months or longer as desired by the mother and baby. After that point though, when you both feel ready, you'll probably both be excited to wean, however quickly or slowly you take the process on.
Weaning can be a bittersweet time for moms as their baby "grows up," but weaning should be exciting as well. It means your baby is ready to try new things, get their nutrition from new (and exciting for them) places, and learn skills that they'll literally use for the rest of their life. So though you shouldn't rush the weaning process along, it's ok to be excited about it when it does arrive.