I think my DS is still getting the vast majority of his nutrition from nursing. He likes food "ok", but never eats more than a few bites at a time. He nurses 3-4 times a day and I have no idea how often at night, except it seems frequent (we cosleep so I barely wake up to feed him- awesome!) He was not anemic at his year ped visit, he's way up there on the growth curves, happy, hitting developmental milestones, all that good stuff. I'm not worried about his health, I guess I'm posting mainly hoping to not feel like a freak. His nursing doesn't cramp my style, as I pump and he'll take a bottle when I'm out and about. I do feel like he's been nursing a TON this week, either growth spurting or teething or both, and I have a small fear that my supply won't keep up and he'll refuse to fill in the gap with food and... and... then he'll starve!
Breastfeeding at 12 months: What's your eating/nursing balance?
Hi, I have similar worries and my DD is 11 months old (and super healthy as far as anyone can tell). She just started being interested in food and at most meals she only eats about a tablespoon or possibly two if we're lucky. But she nurses a lot more than your kiddo--still maybe six or seven times a day, ish? (I have to admit I never count, I just feed her when she seems hungry...) And a couple of times at night. But she has always been a champion nurser, and nursed pretty much constantly the first couple months.
We're intending to just kind of go with the flow... And she has a very sensitive tummy (problems with soooo many things in breastmilk, or now as solid food--she's slowly outgrowing this, very slowly) so we feel like maybe there's a reason to take the solid food slowly.
My parents and inlaws probably think I'm a freak, but DD has screamed with tummyache in front of them enough that nobody dares tell me so to my face. :P
my son is making a very slow switch to solids. i've seen 6 month olds polish off more in one sitting than my 20 month old son does in an entire day. sometimes an entire week. he just loves nursing. he also had tummy troubles, so i think that it's part of the reason....but we seem to have those under control at this point, the boy just loves to nurse. every babe is a little different, but i think it's way more common than people realize for kids to get the majority of their calories from nursing way past the year of one. my son is off the charts big, too.
for me personally, i know my son would eat more if i fed him "filler" type foods, but that wouldn't really make me (or him) feel better. he eats a relatively small amount of food, but it's all nutrient dense stuff. that also makes a difference ;)
I read Mothering Your Nursing Toddler when my oldest (she'll be 10 in two weeks - sniffle) was about 9 months old. What helped me w/ nursing beyond a year, was reading in there that nursing beyond a year was common until artificial milk became available. So, since she wasn't taking that, I saw no reason to wean her or limit her nursing.
It's common to worry about supply in our quantitative world! As long as you feed him on demand, aren't trying to loose weight rapidly or some other unusual situation, your body will make enough milk.
He's lucky he has a mama who goes w/ what he needs, not what society wants!