My baby just turned 9 months old and in the last couple of weeks has gotten into solids in a MAJOR way. She eats a lot, anything we offer her, loves feeding herself and a lot of food actually makes it into her mouth these days. For the last few weeks we'd been offering her solids usually twice per day, in the morning and afternoon and recently in the last few days we've started giving her 3 meals a day because she was so interested in our plates at dinner time, and would eat significant amounts of several different foods even immediately after a good nursing session when we get home from daycare/work.
I have read that solids are supposed to complement, not replace breastfeeding before 12 months. We always do solids after nursing (or after a bottle at daycare). But she eats quite a lot and just isn't ready to nurse as soon as before she got so interested in solids. This amounts to one fewer bottles some days at daycare (before I was nursing at lunch and she would get a bottle in the morning and afternoon; now, she is routinely not hungry for her afternoon bottle before I get there to pick her up). And I just notice she doesn't ask to nurse quite as often. I believe this may be impacting my milk supply becuase I don't pump quite as much at work (I'm still keeping up with her because some days she doesn't take both bottles that I pump). And my breasts don't feel as full of milk when it's been 2-3 hours since I've last nursed/pumped.
I guess I'm kind of just shocked at how much she's eating. She did start crawling last week and is incredibly active lately. I wouldn't be concerned if I didn't suspect that she's nursing less. But she does seem to be interested in breastfeeding less often and it's resulting in fewer feedings of breastmilk. That said, she still gets breastmilk I'd say at least 6-9 times per day--upon waking, sometimes as we are going out the door in the morning, one or two bottles at daycare, nursing at mid-day at daycare, when we get home, before bed, and one or two times overnight.
I am going to talk to her pediatrician at her upcoming 9 month checkup and she is very pro-breastfeeding, but I am more concerned about I guess our long-term breastfeeding relationship and making sure she's getting all the nutrition from breast milk that she needs, and I'm not sure the pediatrician will have too much to say.