DS is 9.5 months old
I am currently feeding him some "finger food" maybe once a day - a few pieces of pasta or oaties or yams - not much.
He really loves to nurse, and I'm just fine with that -6,10, 20 times a day - whenever he wants.
Question is - do I need to be giving him more than just breastmilk at this point? I have read all the articles that say that breastmilk or formula is the primary nutrition for the first year, but I guess I worry that he is not getting all the calories or nutrition that he needs only from me.
"everyone else" is giving their kids 3 meals a day and then formula on top of that - I feel like an outcast in our circle of friends - I also feel helpless because I really don't know if what I am doing is "right". I want DS to have the very best - that's why he is breastfed - if he wants "real food", then I give it to him, but only the "healthy" options - such as avocado, pasta, yams, etc - not french fries, chicken nuggets, etc that our "friends" give their 9 month olds - horrifying to me!
He is small for his age - but always has been - pediatrician is not concerned because he is following"the curve" - he is just at the 2-3% and has been since week 1 of his life. He is a happy, happy guy - nurses around the clock and I feed on demand - always - 2-3 times a night still, but I'm OK with that - if that's what he needs.
So , bottom line of my question - does he need more?
when do I really need to focus on "real food"? I will nurse him forever if that is what he wants, i just need to know when I need to worry about his nutrition.
His "well-baby" check-up is in 2 weeks - plan to have his iron level checked at that point.