I thought that once we were over the initial bumps at the beginning, nursing was going to get easier Well, I guess nursing itself did but now it presents all different kind of challenges.
My DS will be 8 months old in a week. He was almost EBF (with a few oz. of formula here and there) until he was 5 months old. That's when we started solids (by our doc's advice...)
Recently, he has been refusing to nurse unless he's tired and sleepy. He basically only nurses to sleep and I can hardly ever make him nurse if he's not going to sleep. If it's hot and he needs to drink he prefers water in a sippy rather than my breast. I have no intention of weaning until he's way past 1 year old but with the way he's been nursing recently I'm afraid it will happen sooner
I don't restrict nursing and let him nurse for food or comfort through out the night which he's really eager to do- usually 4 to 5 times between 7pm and 5am.
He gets some solids in between nursing, and I let him eat as much as he wants to- that varies between 1 to 2 oz.
So my question is: is my nursing in jeopardy because of that nurse to sleep pattern? Is that enough? (he takes two naps and usually nurses right after getting up in the morning which makes it 4 times only) Should I cut back on solids?
Also, once he started nursing to sleep on a regular basis, he also started nursing more often during the night. Is it because he's not getting enough during the day? Or does he just want to nurse for comfort?
Thank you for help!