Sorry, I wasn't sure whether to post this question here or in the solids section because I'm concerned about my son's combined intake of solids and breastmilk.
My big problem is lack of time+distracted baby+older sibling. My 11-month-old son WILL NOT nurse when big sis is around. She is just too fun to look at and he cannot bear to miss one minute of whatever she's doing. So, right now, he nurses about two to three times at night and maybe has two nursing sessions in the daytime. He has about 4 wet diapers a day and one soiled diaper.
My other concern is that I just don't ever seem to have enough time to make sure he gets three meals of solids per day. Between bringing DD to kindergarten and picking her up, keeping both kids entertained at home (DS is extremely clingy and high-needs, so I can't leave him to play on the floor while I cook), etc., I just can't seem to get it together and prepare three square meals for DS AND deal with the cleanup after (he's not a tidy eater). Usually, what he gets are more like a handful of green peas here, a chunk of bread there, some scrambled egg, etc. The sad thing is that he LOVES food and eats it so hungrily that I feel like he needs more. Also, DS gave up the third nap early (again, because he refused to nap when DD was around) and his bedtime became 5pm or I would have had a crazily tired baby on my hands, but this early bedtime makes it that much harder to find time to squeeze in a third meal.
I wish I could at least nurse him more to make sure he's getting enough calories, but it's such a battle to get him to take the breast in the daytime. He will readily drink water but I keep hesitating to offer too much, in the hopes that he will get thirsty and nurse. Is that wrong? Should I be worried about dehydration--I do feel his wet-diaper output is rather minimal?
My mom is always telling me that I'm starving my kid and she even commented today that he's looking small these days and isn't growing as well as he used to. Makes me so anxious!