Re: My 8.5 months old baby wants to nurse every hour.. and no solids
For what it's worth, my son nursed every 1-2 hours, and did not eat solids, until he was 2 years old (he had a variety of health issues at play -- some of which we knew about, some of which we did not at the time).
Is there a weight and/or nutrition issue at play? If not, then I agree with mommal that you needn't tie yourself to the house in order to nurse her. Regardless, I personally would use great caution in trying to push the solids if she is not ready -- physically OR emotionally. For my son, who also tended to choke on solids of any kind, eating was essentially a traumatic experience -- from his perspective, putting solid food led to a situation in which his life felt endangered (and there were times when that was literally true, as well). When that happens, there is no logic and no external assurance that is ever going to rewire the brain to believe that the situation is any different than that. In order for his brain to recognize eating as something other than traumatic, he had to have positive experiences with it (and lots of them), which he couldn't do until he was both physically and emotionally ready to do so.
It was not always easy to walk the delicate path of encouraging him and providing opportunities, while at the same time honoring his needs and following his lead -- especially with the frequent nursing for so long, but I am grateful that I tried to do so, because I didn't really understand at the time the nature of trauma in his life, and how it was affecting him.
It may be helpful to think in terms that you may hear many here speaking in when it comes to nursing a toddler -- the nursing relationship is a relationship between two people, and just as with any other relationship, it is most successful when the needs of both parties are honored as much as possible. What are each of your needs, and in what ways are they being/not being honored/met right now? Is there a way to improve upon that?
Mama to Lorenzo, born 4/25/2007. NICU graduate, Gastro-Esohapgeal Reflux, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder...alive and thriving thanks to breastfeeding and co-sleeping.
Those who say it can't be done should not interrupt the person doing it.