DS is 9 months old now. After much difficulty and much pumping / some supplementationin the early days, we found our rhythm, and he was EBF on demand until 5 months , when we followed BLS, with gradual introductions - he was very interested in us eating, and he always seemed to be nursing. BLS was a success - we'd start with a nursing session, and end with some food, gradually increasing the amount, frequency, and variety over a couple of months.
By 6-7 months, he started becoming less interested in nursing at certain times of day - he'd typically want to nurse around quiet / sleepy times (1st thing in the morning, before/after naps, bedtime, during the night), and would want nothing to do with it around meals or during "awake" stretches (too distracted). He would not demand, and when I'd offer, he'd refuse. I tried a million and one things, several times over - changing venues, having more/less distraction, motion, positions, more/less offering, etc., and he just wasn't interested. By 8 months, we were really just down to 1st thing in the morning, bedtime, and during the night if he happened to be up.
Over the past couple of days, he doesn't even seem interested in those few feedings that are left. All of that being said, if he's not feeling well, he's more inclined to demand (surprisingly, he's sometimes wanted to nurse more while congested/teething/etc). This is where my question comes to play - while I recognize that BLW tends not to happen this young, would it be a possibility here? He LOVES his food, and will use a sippy (EBM or ABM or water). He will often raspberry or play with my breasts when offered, or ignore altogether. As it was not full-on refusal, but rather, a gradual decrease in wanting to feed over a few months as solids increased, and as anything we tried didn't seem to work, I had been assuming that perhaps it was BLW rather than NS.
What do others think? Any suggestions? I'm happy that things seem to be happening on his terms, in spite of my actions, but am sad that this aspect of our relationship may be coming to a close. I would have liked to at least kept the morning and bedtime feeds for awhile yet (some is better than none, right?).