Hi ladies, hoping to tap into your knowledge again. LO (13 months) has recently started cutting waaaay down on his intake of expressed breastmilk at daycare. I send bottles of EMB, straw cups with water & cow milk, and solids. Solids are hit or miss, he likes water, refuses cow milk, and will take eat only 2-5 ounces of breastmilk over the 9 hour day (he used take 12). I'm down to 2 pumps/workday and would like to back off to 1 pump/day, especially since he seems to need it less. But I have very little in the freezer. So I want to be cautious and figure out what's going on before I continue pump weaning, in case the pattern could reverse.
Here are some of the changes he's experienced lately:
-His solids intake is going up but it varies day to day. We offer him three "meals" daily - sometimes he is really into it, other times it mostly goes to the floor.
-He will drink a few oz water from the straw cup over the course of the day (with his meals).
-When we first introduced cowmilk he seemed interested, but for the past two weeks or so he's refused it entirely.
-Near continuous teething for the past 6 weeks ... first the molars, then straight into canines.
-Off and on illness over the same period - a cold, a weird rashy-fever-virus, and just recently hand foot and mouth (yuck - although he doesn't have mouth sores that I can see).
-When we're together (3 days/wk and cosleeping at night) he still nurses a lot, maybe 5-8 times per 24 hours. Night nursings have increased recently but I shrugged it off as teething and illness related.
-He will no longer accept a bottle of breastmilk AT ALL in our house ... even if daddy or grandparents are watching him for a long time, he'll just do solids and water and then be eager to nurse when I get home.
I guess I'm wondering if it's developmentally normal/expected for them to start rejecting expressed breastmilk? Or is he just self-weaning from bottles? I don't feel like he's fully making up those lost BM calories from solids alone since he's so sporadic with them. What do you think ladies, can I assume this is his new normal and continue with the pump weaning process, or should I play it safe if everything's out of whack from teething/sickness and stay in a holding pattern for a little while longer?