My son had his 12 month old well baby check up on Tuesday. He was 32 1/2" long, his head circumference was in the 75th percentile, and he had hit all of the appropriate developmental milestones. Everything was fine until they weighed him, and he was only 23 lbs, which is still in the 50th percentile but is, I guess, skinny for his height. He had been in the 95th percentile for weight until he was 6 months old, and has been dropping since then.
My pediatrician asked me what he was eating, and I told him that I cooked him three meals a day, and offered him snacks on demand. I cook him scrambled eggs, pancakes, noodles, rice, toast, chicken. I offer him lots of cheese, yogurt, avocado, fruits, and veggies. I put butter on everything! He takes a few bites but is generally indifferent to food. He does best with buttered toast and foods that he can eat on the go.
I mentioned that I still nursed on demand, but always offered food first. My pediatrician was very disturbed by this, and wanted to know how often he nursed. I told him that my son usually nurses three or four times a day and once at night. He told me that I needed to cut that down to twice a day and none at night, and that it was my fault the baby did not like to eat food. He went on to say that breastmilk has no nutritional value after one year, and that I would need to wean him if I was unable to get him interested in food.
I don't know what to do! I thought my son was healthy. He is energetic. He has one well formed bowel movement a day, and seven wet cloth diapers. He takes two 45 minute naps a day and sleeps 10 hours at night. He doesn't seem tired or cranky. I have tried to cut out one of his nursing sessions, but he cries and tugs on my shirt.
Does anyone have any advice? I don't want to quit breastfeeding.