My LO is 14 months old. He's been thriving until 12 months with almost EBF (and some tasting here and there). When he was 12 months old, my mom who's always been a huge help to me went back to my home country for a month. During that time, I didn't eat as well and didn't feed LO as often. When my mom came back she felt that LO has lost weight and that was confirmed during our wellness check a few days later. Our pediatrician was worried that he's not gaining enough weight (though height and head circumference were fine). Thus, at 13 months, we were suggested to give him at least 2-3 solid meals a day.
He was a happy solid eater for a little over a week and gained some weight initially. But then, he stopped eating what he liked (maybe due to teething) and also had severe constipation issues. I spent the whole day either cooking and testing what he would eat or trying to console him when he is in constipation pain. We did another weight check today (14 month 1 week) and he has lost all the weight that he has gained since starting on heavy solids (heavy in our case since he was primarily breastfed prior to that). His height and head circumference are also falling off the chart. That worries me because it's a sign of sever undernourishment.
Now, looking back, I wonder if things would be different if we didn't go the solid route but rather put the energy into my own nourishment and more breastfeeding? The pediatrician addressed the weight loss to lack of solids. But LO was perfectly fine before I stopped nourishing myself and delayed his feedings (Due to a busy schedule when my dear mother was not around). I read that there are many babies who did fine on primarily breathily up to 18 months and sometimes beyond. And wonder if it could have been our case as well.
LO is definitely not getting enough nutrition from solids and breastmilk, and is having a painful time with constipation. I think he may not have the ability to digest all that food and thus they are causing him constipated. Even though the nurse told us to give him more solids, I am thinking about cutting down on solids and upping breastfeeding to aid his tummy. This way I can also spend less energy cooking for him and more energy on my nutrition and breastmilk quality. But I am not sure.
I wonder if anyone has any thoughts after reading my story? Has anyone ever been in a similar situation? Or any information about chasing milk supply and quality after one year? Any thoughts greatly appreciated.