At the recommendation of our Pediatrician, we started introducing solids at 6 months. We are using the Baby Led Weaning method and have offered only finger foods (Apple, pear, banana, sweet potato, carrot, etc). It has been 3 weeks and he has taken to it so well that he is now eating quite a bit. I only offer once a day after nursing, but he will eat (as an example) a slice of pear, slice of avocado, and slice of sweet potato. I have noticed that the last few days at the sitters, he has been taking less breast milk than usual from the bottle. He still nurses the same amount when I am home, but of course I cannot tell how much milk he is actually getting. He used to eat about 1.5 ounces an hour at the sitters (in 3-4 oz bottles). So if I worked 8 hours, he would eat 10-12 ounces. The last week, as his solid food intake is increasing and he is actually getting more in his mouth and swallowing it, he has been decreasing his intake of breast milk. The last day I worked he ate 8 ounces in 9 hours, and tonight, he only ate about 6-7 ounces in 9 hours. He nursed right before he went, and right when I got home, but it is still a decrease from his pre-solid food amount. I am nervous that he is not nursing as much because of the solids, but I am not sure I can cut out the solids because he genuinely seems interested in eating with us at the table and he gets really upset if I do not give him food. I always nurse before, and he usually wants to nurse soon after. I am just nervous that my supply will either decrease, or he will wean too soon and I know that he should really be getting mostly breast milk for at least the first year. Any thoughts? Should I just go with the flow since he is genuinely enjoying himself and seems very keen to try food? What have your experiences been, and what do you think I should do, if anything?
Thanks in advance!