I wonder if anyone else has had a similar experience. DS will be 13 months next week. I work full time, and for months at the day care provider he has only been drinking half of what I pump and send (5 oz. a day total at daycare). So now I am pump weaning because I need the prep time at work. Over the last couple months the only times he will really buckle down and nurse for a real session is before bedtime, and his night time nursing sessions have been diminishing in frequency and length. Sometimes he will nurse down for naps on the weekends, but sometimes he just sucks for a bit and then tries to play or read books, so I end up just putting him in his crib after more attempts to get him to nurse and let him fuss (usually less than 5 minutes) until he falls asleep. During the day and evening he will sometimes ask, and I still offer when he seems to want milk, but will only nurse for a few seconds. It's like he's checking in, but doesn't want to eat.
Is he weaning himself? He won't nurse much in the morning or after work, even though he usually asks...he doesn't nurse for long at all. Only at night before bed will he nurse for a decent amount of time. He is small...10th %ile for length and weight, and he eats solids OK, but never really chows down. He will drink whole milk and water in small quantities, but doesn't chug them down either. I don't think pedi is worried about his size, even though he has gone down in percentiles every visit. DH and I are both small. I just want to be sure he is getting enough to grow and be healthy. I am surprised at his disinterest in nursing at such a young age. I don't mind if he weans, but I didn't think it would be this early. Any words of wisdom??