My LO is almost a year- it's been a long, bumpy road with nursing, but I am happy to say that I will reach my goal of a year. Lately however, I have been hoping to continue much longer (as long as my son wants) but he seems to be losing interest in nursing. For the past 4 months we have been nursing through many distractions. He receives exclusively breast milk, but I work so he takes bm from a bottle during the day 5 days/ week. Lately its getting harder and harder to encourage him to nurse- I always offer, but he seems to drink less and less, except before bed and first thing in the am. To complicate things, my LO is a peanut- 1st percentile in weight, 50% in height, so BMI is off the charts. He has been in the first percentile since I went back to work, so needless to say I have been worried for some time. The fact that he is nursing less gives me so much anxiety, and I know that isn't healthy either. While I am sad to think we are coming to an end, I don't know if I can take the worry any longer and if he truely wants to wean, I don't want to force him. So...
How do I know he is trying to tell me he would rather have a bottle or sippy cup?
If I drop feedings, should I offer the bottle or sippy?
How fast/ slow do I proceed? How often should I drop feedings? Should I keep offering and then follow up w/ bottle or sippy or just skip the breast completely?
I was thinking I'd start with his afternoon feeding because that has been the one that is most difficult, but lately, he doesn't seem interested much at all during the day except before a nap (which is brief). Like I said above, I want to make sure he's getting enough milk. I don't pump much (about 2 oz total during the day each pumping session) and have been taking fenugreek but that doesn't seem to make much of a difference for those afternoon pumping sessions. I feel that I am holding on to something that he is ready to give up and I don't want to make him nurse if he is ready to move on. I'm just a little sad to let go.
Sorry for the long post, but I am so overwhelmed by this.... change is hard and I've worked so hard to make this work and it has, but I feel we are nearing the end. He's never been a strong nurser... And I don't know any moms that are working and have made it past 6 months, so I need all the advice and support I can get. Thanks in advance mommas. And happy mother's day to you all.