My 17 month old DS is still nursing a few times per day - he is in child care 4 days per week and on those days he nurses early in the AM and not again until I pick him up in the late afternoon/early evening. From the time I pick him up and all night long, he nurses whenever he wants (this applies to my work from home day as well as weekends) We cosleep, and he is still nursing several times per night - the most I get is a 4 hour stretch....and after 17 months I am worn out :-( I love sleeping with him and the way we can reconnect and snuggle after a day apart, but the nursing through the night is just wearing me out!
He eats some solids, but lately I feel like even though we offer him what we eat, he mostly only wants snacky stuff - graham crackers, goldfish, some fruit, etc. He refuses meat and has issues with iron deficiency anemia.
Anyway I am torn now because I am trying to fill him up during the day so that I can get more sleep at night but I don't want to fill him up on foods that are junk (not exactly junk, but not vegetables, proteins, etc). He is gaining weight well and other than the iron deficiency has been very healthy. We have been giving him Fer-in-sol twice daily for the past 6 weeks after being sent to a hematology specialist for his low hemoglobin levels and I think maybe that is upsetting his stomach....but who knows for sure?
We go for a check up this week and I am hoping we can stop the iron
supplements and that maybe that will help his appetite, but I really don't know what else to do/try? Do I just keep looking for healthy snacks and hope that I can fill him up enough to get a decent stretch of sleep?
I cant even broach the subject with our pediatrician because she will just give me another "let him cry it out/he doesn't need to nurse at night" lecture. Thoughts?