Zachary has sensory intergration problems, meaning at least partly eating some foods is hard for him.
Zachary was born at around 7 pounds.
Zachary and I have always loved the nursing relationship we share (at least after we got the hang of it)
Support is VERY limited...for many area's of nursing/non vaxing.
Zachary sees a nutritionest as well as a speech theripest, both want me to wean, as does family.
Zachary is 24 pounds now, he is weighed once a month and has been 24 pounds (or a tad less) for the past 3 months.
Zachary nurses anywhere from 6 to 10 times a day (and nurses all night long).
Zachary has been tested for anemia, he's fine.
We have been working with him to eat more foods, and he does...we have also tried to with hold nursing, as much as I can handle it, to see if he will eat more solid's, however it does not change at all the amount he eats.
His nutritionest wants me to add a "fat source" to eveything he eats, and get him drinking milk or a "high" calory substitue NOW.
Zachary's ped is not consurned, however he really does not "see" him much KWIM?
I have heard from some that I could be risking Zachary's brain growth because of what I am doing, or continueing to do?? I dont want to hurt him!
I have talked to his ped about a blood test to see if there is some reason for the non growth, he said he would not like to put Zachary though that (nor would I if we can avoid it, but??)
For the past 2 days Zachary has not nursed much during the day, however he has not increased his food (solid) intake either, so that does not work.
I am 100% ok with nursing, I love it and WANT to continue, but some people are making me feel like it's MY fault Zachary is SOO attached to me, that its MY fault he is not eating more solids, because I dont let him scream for it, I just give it to him, we still nurse (pretty much) on demand, unless in a line or something, because everyone is telling me all this stuff, I dont want to hurt my child, I am worried about his weight. We also saw a "theripest" who wanted to help me with his "attitude" however she was horrible, she wanted me to put Zachary in time out because he wanted to nurse, if I said no and he had a reaction! (OMG). She also was VERY alarmed about his clinginess to me, and had a cow when I told her that no one had watched him but me and occasionally my parents. She also grew MOST concerned about our co-sleeping! She suggested a developemental ped, but I cant afford one...I am a single mom, who works from home because Zachary will not let me leave him with anyone!