Hi, my 17 month old is still not really eating solids. She is being seen once a month by a speech therapist for feeding therapy and is at the bottom of the weight chart and has had low hemoglobin in the past. She is also very energetic, and hasn't really gained any weight in the last 3 months.
I could just nurse her more and more, but she is very busy and doesn't really make her nursing count until the day winds down. She nurses all through the night. She had a severe nursing aversion from the time she was 2 months old to about 10 months old, so I think sometimes we're still struggling with that.
She does take zantac because we think her original breast refusal was related to reflux, and she is eating a tiny bit more solids since we began the zantac meds.
I have had two professionals tell me now (the pediatrician and the speech therapist) that since she nurses so much at night, she may genuinely not be as hungry during the day. The speech therapist said they see this same problem with babies that are tube fed all night, and don't ever get the opportunity to be "hungry." Both suggested night weaning her.
I have had one AF, this month, actually, so even though I know periods can be sporadic still while nursing, it would seem my cycle is resuming. We co-sleep, as well. I just don't know anyone with this problem, so I'm asking for advice here. I don't really want to night wean her, as we're not done co-sleeping and nursing her is how she goes back to sleep at night. I am certain my supply is more abundant overnight, so I worry that if she night weaned, my overall supply would suffer, and then she *certainly* would not get enough calories in a day, and then there I'd be with low supply and with an older baby not eating solids. If she wasn't so low on (almost off) the WHO chart, I might be a little more willing to experiment with night weaning, but I am honestly scared to lose that milk and those nursings and calories.
Any thoughts? Advice? Will night weaning make her want to eat more food and nurse more during the day? Or is it too risky? I don't want to wind up having to supplement her with artificial baby milk if the pediatrician and speech therapist are wrong. I know you can't "starve" a baby into eating. HELP!