My DS just turned one and is almost exclusively breastfed. He nurses every two hours. He hates solid foods (We are working with a feeding specialist) He never took a bottle, I offer him formula in a sippy cup 2-3 times a week and he drinks a only an ounce or two when he is really very hungry(I stopped pumping and started giving him formula as he does not drink much anyways and the expressed milk used to go down the drain). In the past year I have never been away from him for more than two hours and the frequent nursing and refusal of other foods was never an issue. Now I need to get back to work in a month and I dont know what to do. I have tried distracting him and tried to make him go longer between feeds but his urine indicated that he was dehydrated. So I think he needs to nurse round the clock. DH is not patient enough to try the cup in my absence and I dont have any family around. Not sure if its a good idea to leave him with a baby sitter and let that stranger feed him. I just want him to eat or drink other foods while I'm away.
Also want to know how breastfed babies do at a daycare. DS needs the breast when sleepy, tired, hurt, bored. I really feel guilty about going back to work and depriving him of the one thing that he loves so much. Help!