My 15 mo old went through a really sudden change in his nursing frequency about 3-4 weeks ago. Prior to this, he was nursing awake in the morning, a short session mid morning, down for nap (after lunch), up from nap, around 5pm, to sleep at night (7pm) and then about 2 times per night.
Then, really suddenly, he started sleeping through the night (dropping those two feeds) and decreasing the daytime feeds. He now always nurses up in the morning, down for nap (or bottle if I am working), and down for bed. On the days I am home from work (Thurs-Sun), he may nurse a little during the day if we are at home -- but if we are out, he never wants to nurse. When I work, he only takes a bottle of milk at naptime. He refuses it at all other times (previously, he asked for it frequently).
I'm not really sure what prompted any of these changes (eating or sleeping), especially as he is cutting his molars right now which I would have expected to send things in the other direction. (The changes have coincided with us starting to be outside and active a lot more, rather than at home, and an increase in the amount of solid foods he is consuming). Regardless of why...this has been a pretty consistent pattern for nearly a month now.
Anyway, I have a couple of questions:
1. I've always planned to be child led on weaning but I would really like to make it until at least 2. Is it reasonable to expect that we can continue nursing in this pattern for a fair amount of time to come or is this a signal that he is getting ready to fully wean? Given my goal, should we be doing anything differently?
2. I know that 3 feeds is the minimum for the dairy requirement. I'm not too worried about this as he is doing 3 feeds a day but is also a big fan of cheese and yogurt. I do sometimes worry about hydration. He does drink water, but not a ton (it's water and BM/milk only, nothing else). And, his nappies (even overnight ones) are less wet and his poos are a bit firmer now. At this age, is there any rule about how much fluids they need to be consuming from a hydration standpoint?