Hello Mothering Family,
I'm writing because my DP is a bit concerned about our DD's eating habits. She'll be 14 months old tomorrow. She's BFing. I try to feed her all sorts of stuff these days, even venturing into foods I hadn't felt comfortable with before, for health and other reasons, just to get her to eat something.
I have never force-fed her anything because I don't agree with that. I try to tempt her with different kinds of things, as much as our budget allows, and have even allowed people to give her stuff I wouldn't totally be comfortable with, just to get her to eat. But she just isn't interested. She really likes to play with her food. And, it seems that she's actually regressed with eating foods because she used to feed herself yogurt and veggie/fruit purées, but now she won't even do that.
I used to feel very laid back about her not eating, thinking she would pick it up when she was ready, but she's now 14 months old, and most other kids her age, or even younger, that we see are eating a lot more than she does.
There's also the issue of attachment. DP thinks she is overly attached to me, mainly because I have the milk-bearing breasts. But, he's always thought she's too attached to me. Is there such a thing as going overboard with Attachment Parenting? Or maybe I'm doing it wrong? Is there such a thing as "unhealthy" attachment? Maybe I'm just letting his issues become my issues, but I would appreciate some help to figure this out because I am not that well-versed in AP or natural parenting, just kind of making it up as we go along.
I'm also facing sleep challenges. I'm writing this at 5:42 in the morning, been up for more than an hour because DD woke up and took forever to nurse back to sleep, again. So, being uncomfortable, I was no longer able to sleep and am now reading random Mothering posts.
Every night is filled with marathon nursings after which I end up totally physically uncomfortable, exhausted, and not able to sleep.
I would like to, not wean her, but maybe cut down on the amount of BF at night if it's possible. Maybe try some other ways of getting her back to sleep? I don't mind nursing her to bedtime initially.
Or maybe there's a way to continue as we are, but just not have it be so intense for me.
BTW, we do sleep together, DD and I.