Hi all (again) - so, DS is 11 months now. For the past couple of weeks, he has been doing even shorter nursing sessions during the day, and for the past week, he has been going up to 6 hours during the day without nursing. This basically means he is refusing his lunchtime nursing session. Nothing has changed in our lives recently - no new teeth, no illness, no change in routine at all. He used to nurse every 3-4 hrs during the day. I get a little engorged some days because of the increased time between feedings, which hasn't happened since he was a newborn.
For many months his daytime nursings would last 5 minutes each side max. Now I'm lucky if he will stay on for 2 minutes. He is still nursing 5-7 times per day. He is still nursing well and without a struggle during the night (nurses 1-2 times) and still cluster feeds from 4-7 am, although the number of times during the cluster has decreased.
He has been eating 3 solid meals per day for awhile now, and he loves solids. His only other liquid is water, which he doesn't drink a lot of although I offer it periodically during the day.
He has never really loved nursing, never was a comfort nurser, and I feel has BF only for food since he was about 4 months old. I want to keep BF as long as possible, especially since we are dairy-free for the forseeable future. Up till now I diligently offered nursing before each solid meal, but now he is refusing it a lot so I end up BF after the meal sometimes, if he will take it.
Do you think he is really starting to wean now, or is he transitioning to a toddler-type BF pattern?