My dd is 10 months old now and happily eats 3 solid meals a day. I have always bf on demand, and by 6 months she was regularly wanting just 5 feeds a day. At about 7 1/2 months she began to lose interest in one of her daytime feeds, so at around 8 months I dropped it, and she's been quite happy on 4 feeds a day ever since (though I have given her more at night when she was ill). She also seemed to become very efficient and only needed a shorter feed on one side. (She used to take from both sides and a session would last 20-30 mins at around 6 months.)
My problem is I am now finding it difficult to read her cues - it's obvious that she wants breastmilk first thing in the morning and last at night, but it almost seems like she could take or leave the 2 daytime ones. She seems happy enough to have it when offered, but does not usually 'ask' for it. We have even skipped one accidentally in the past few days and it hasn't seemed to bother her! (she just had a snack instead)
If I do drop one of these daytime feeds (though I'm not even sure I should yet), any ideas on which one is best to drop - morning or afternoon?
Any ideas also on how many feeds she should be getting by 1 yr? I don't think my particular baby depends as much on breastmilk as some, as she quite enjoys eating solids too. Is it 'bad' to aim to cut down to one or two feeds a day by around a year? I always wanted to bf up to a year, but am pretty vague as to what to do after that.
I want to do what's best for her but it's confusing to know what that is, especially as sites like this seem to say I should be bfeeding her even more than I am, while it feels like society at large is surprised that I'm still bf at all...