Yesterday, 04:51 PM
I'm the mother of an 11-month-old boy who's happily eating everything in sight, and seems to have lost interest in breastfeeding. He has never tasted formula, but we started him on solids around 5 months, when he started reaching for whatever we were eating in his presence. We've mostly been using baby-led weaning, although we used a food mill in the early days.
Over the last couple weeks, I can get him to latch on, but he quickly loses interest when he sees something he'd like to play with. I've tried moving to quieter locations, but he wants to play with EVERYTHING, so there really isn't a location with little enough stimulation.
Over the last three evenings, I've tried expressing, and my production is way down (I used to get 200 mL or more, now I'm only getting about 40 mL). I suppose it could be that he's losing interest because I'm not producing enough milk, but I'd guess it's the other way around... Though it doesn't really matter, anyway.
I had planned to breastfeed until he was 2! I know this isn't always something that can be planned, but 11 months seems way too early to wean. Do we need to start giving him formula? Or if I keep pumping, will my production go up again, then I could just give him expressed milk?
EDIT: our son is still creeping up the weight percentiles, so I'm not concerned about that. Also, I've started leaving my breast out when he loses interest so that he can play a bit and come back to it, and he does seem to like that, though it's...