This turned in to a long post so I'll put the question(s) first then details for those interested.
-How important is food other than breastmilk for the nutrition of a 17 month old?
-How often should I be sure to offer?
-Am I lazy for not offering the food more often?
I work part time (3-4 days a week- 7-9 hours per day)and I have noticed that when my 17 month old dd is with her caregiver (my mil) she eats a ton more food than with me. I'm thinking this is because I'm available to nurse so she gets it while she can. My concern is that I don't want to deprive her of the nutrients her growing body needs. It is so easy for me to just nurse her instead of putting a meal together for her, packing a bunch of food for the beach etc. I love nursing and am in no rush to wean, but I want to make sure she gets all she needs. When does the nutrition of breastmilk become "not enough?"
I will soon (at the end of August) become a full time sahm so she won't have those days eating with Grandma anymore.
She enjoys many different types of food.
We have always (since she started foods @ 6 months) followed a bls approach.
I typically offer a banana at breakfast. She always eats this and sometimes some egg too with her grandmother, but almost never eats any breakfast with me.
She always sits for dinner with us, but the amount she eats varies.
She often naps while I'm eating lunch so I frequently don't get around to offering her food mid-day. With my MIL she often has multiple snacks and meals mid-day.