My little boy is 9 months old and 16lbs (1st-3rd percentile). He's small and has always been small (he was full term and weighed 5lbs 15oz)
We nurse "on demand" when we are together and he is offered 3 bottles in the 9 hours we are apart on work days (4 days/week). So in a 24 hour period he drinks mama's milk about 6-7 times (1-2 of those times are in the middle of the night).
At night, he nurses GREAT!! He sleeps in his crib, in his own room and I'm fairly certain the only reason he wakes up is because his tummy is hungry. We nurse and he goes right back to sleep.
We started doing baby led solids around 6.5 months old and he has caught on like a champ. For such a little guy, he sure eats a lot! But during the day he has become SO DISTRACTED at the breast and at the bottle. He takes mini sips, and pulls away and then comes back for another mini sip. It's completely obnoxious and he always does it during day feedings. His daycare sends home the milk he doesn't drink (I send 8-10oz, whatever I pumped the previous day), and he regularly is leaving 2+ oz in at least one bottle.
I have always planned to breastfeed him until he was 2 and I want do to everything to ensure he doesn't completely wean. He wants solids whenever they are in sight, and unless it's unsafe or completely unhealthy, we give them to him.
I guess what I am asking is - Am I ruining our breastfeeding relationship by letting him eat as much solids as he wants? Or is this normal for a 9 1/2 month old? Am I over thinking this? I want him to stay my baby!!!