First, I want to say congrats to all of the other moms on this forum whose babies hit the one year mark this month. What satisfaction to make it this far with breastfeeding! My son Jeremy is still nursing (or getting ebm) 4-5 times a day, and a couple of times at night. He's also getting two solid meals a day (yogurt and fruit mid-morning, veggies/grain/protein in the evening) in addition to some snacks.
So my question is, what next? I'm not going to wean now, but I'm assuming that I'll gradually be increasing the amount of solids in a day and beginning to let solids replace some of the breastmilk. I'm also returning to teaching full time in January and that's going to cause some readjustment in his routine. Right now he gets breastmilk before most solid food, which does diminish his appetite for those foods. While he likes a range of foods (especially lentils, bananas, crackers, bread with hummus, sweet potato, sometimes broccoli) I wouldn't exactly say that he's an enthusiastic self-feeder (except maybe for lentils). He picks, nibbles, plays, throws overboard. When he's hungrier, he's more enthusiastic. He'll usually eat more if I grind some of it up after letting him self-feed for a while.
So my question is -- how do I help him make that transition from mostly playing with food to actually eating enough of it to be sustaining? I'm curious as to what strategies you've used (or plan to use) to make that transition.
I've been giving him a little more food in the mornings (mostly cooked regular oatmeal that I let him eat with his fingers), but so far not enough to diminish his appetite for the before-nap nursing session (usually between 8-9 am). Does anyone have any suggestions as to possible daily feeding schedules or menus? I looked at the LLL book ""Whole Food for Babies and Toddlers" and their sample menus (p. 49) are way more than I am currently feeding him during the day. There's no way he would eat that much unless I dropped a nursing session or so. Is it time to think about that?
Thanks for any insights!