Pearl has been fully weaned from breast feeding.
My goal was to make it at least a year. I'm really glad that it worked out for us and we were able to continue a little past my goal marker. I was expecting to keep feeding her once a day in the mornings for at least a couple more months, but Pearl had other ideas. I'm not sure if I wasn't producing enough to satisfy her or if she just wanted a bottle instead, but our morning feedings (the only feeding I was still hanging onto) officially ended on Friday. She was increasingly less satisfied during that feeding and would only try to eat for a few minutes before getting upset. That was just so unlike her. She is usually so happy in the morning.
Although I was planning to continue that feeding a bit longer, I'm glad we started the weaning process a couple of months ago by switching the bedtime feeding to whole milk. I think a slow and gradual weaning process is definitely the way to go. I haven't had any pain or issues at all. I have heard so many horror stories about the discomfort friends have felt after quitting cold turkey.
To be honest, I have been a bit sad in the morning when I have to make her a bottle. I loved the morning feeding because it was so convenient and a chance to get in a few morning cuddles with my little girl. A year ago, I felt like breast feeding was one of the most frustrating things I have ever done. I hated it and was just counting down the days until I could be done with it. It's funny how time (and practice) changes the way you feel about certain things. I really do feel blessed that I was able to do that for my daughter as I know it doesn't work out for everyone.
Maybe after this experience, I will complain a little less about breast feeding when our next child comes along. I hope Jeremy doesn't hold me to that though. I'm pretty good at complaining.