Hi, my son just turned one year old. We're still BF'ing on demand while we're together but I'm starting to work on pump-weaning while at work. The thing is, my son only has four teeth and just doesn't eat a whole lot of solids yet which gives me concern about pump weaning. I plan to keep one pumping session a day for a few more months but that will only net me maybe 4-6 oz. My mom watches DS during the day while I work and she has offered him a variety of things to try to get him to eat more solids but he just doesn't eat much. I think a lot of the problem is he has so few teeth, that it's really difficult for him to chew anything.
He loves oatmeal and yogurt and eats those quite well. He also loves fruit and will eat quite a bit of that (e.g. most of a peach or a plum, several slices of apple, half a banana, or 1/4 cup cut up melon), but even though fruit is healthy, it doesn't have many calories so I don't feel like I can rely on it for his nutrition. He also really likes cheese, especially string cheese. Breakfast for him is generally some baby oatmeal mixed into some yogurt to make a paste-like consistency which he then spoon feeds to himself (he's getting pretty good at spoon-feeding himself). Lunch varies; it might be scrambled eggs, an omelette, lentil soup, a grilled cheese, pieces of torn-up chicken, a black bean and cheese quesidilla, a piece of bread spread with a little peanut butter, etc. He has trouble eating the chicken due to lack of teeth and can't eat steak for this reason. He also just won't eat much of anything besides yogurt, oatmeal, fruit, or cheese; he seems to like black beans well enough but will only eat a very small amount. Same with the omelettes or scrambled eggs my mom is making for him. Sometimes he eats dinner with us if he's not too tired, or sometimes we just nurse a lot when I get home and he goes to bed before we eat dinner so he doesn't eat dinner those days, just breakfast, lunch, and maybe an afternoon snack. He nurses on demand several times in the morning before I go to work and gets one or two bottles of milk while I'm at work (so 3-7 oz total).
I'm at a loss of what to do to get him to eat more solids (especially high calorie/high protein) so that he doesn't need pumped milk during the day. I'm perfectly happy to nurse whenever I'm home, although I do worry that now that he's turned one and is getting so big about whether he's getting enough to eat subsisting mostly on my milk. (I know we need to start giving him dinner every night--we will be doing that, starting this week). I realize he will get more teeth sooner or later, so do I just wait it out and keep pumping multiple times a day in the meantime? I don't think it's a food or texture aversion as he will eat lots of different things, just not very big quantities. I could get him to eat more by giving him 'junk', such as goldfish crackers, cookies, scones, etc. but I don't think that's a very desirable way to solve the problem. I've been thinking about mashed potatoes and pasta as two things he hasn't tried that might be easy without many teeth. Anyone have other suggestions or ideas for me?
Also do you think he's getting enough to eat seeing as he still lives mostly off my milk and doesn't eat a lot of solids? We have a doctor's appointment in a couple weeks and we'll see how much he's gained then. He was already over 20 lbs at his 9 month appt and we haven't been back since. He nurses A LOT while I'm home--I feel like I can hardly put my boob away before he's asking for it again. I think some of that is comfort/bonding with Mommy after I've been away all day, and some of it is from hunger. He usually wakes to nurse once or twice during the night, which is manageable for me. I'd say in total we're nursing at least 7-8 times per day while I'm home, but some of those are very short sessions, only a minute or two. Thanks in advance for any help