This question will come back to BFing in a second. Just bear with me. My nearly one year old (:eek:) doesn't eat food. She maybe eats a few bites every day. I offer food 3-5 times per day and it all goes on the floor/in her hair/ground into her clothes. We pretty much do BLW but I offer spoonfuls of things like yogurt. I've tried everything. I've varied flavors/textures/temperatures. She just doesn't seem to like food! Sometimes she'll take to something for one meal and then reject it the next time I offer it. My doc wasn't concerned at her 9 month appt. Her anemia test came back fine. 2 months later, I'm a little concerned about her iron levels. I don't want to supplement with vitamins unless I REALLY have to (I'm not even sure how I'd get them in her). I plan to ask the doc to retest her at her one year appt coming up. I'll also readdress the no-food thing with him then. In the meantime, I'm wondering if I can persuade her to eat more by gently cutting back on BFing.
I intend to BF for at least another year if she's interested. She's still a hefty kiddo so you can imagine how much she must still be nursing. I'm totally fine with how much she nurses. That's not the issue at all. I just want to make sure her diet is well-rounded now that she's older and especially since we're vegetarian I need to know she's getting the proper amount of non-heme iron. I'm (and she's) no where near ready for any firm weaning.
I'm thinking maybe I can try two things:
1) No more bottles of EBM at daycare. We're already working towards this. She's down to one 3 oz bottle during the seven hours she's there and I plan to drop that one around her birthday. She kinda hates bottles so I don't think she's going to mind getting rid of them at all. She usually just waits to nurse when I pick her up but perhaps dropping the bottle will make her hungrier and therefore more create an incentive to eat the food I send with her.
2) Transitioning from co-sleeping to sleeping in her own room. She gets the majority of her calories at night. I'm more or less OK with this. I get enough sleep most days and I adore waking up to my sleepy monkey. Perhaps making the move will again make her hungrier and therefore more interested in FOOD.
All of this probably sounds elementary but I'm petrified that taking these steps will cause her to wean completely before I'd like her to. I would feel terrible "working mom" guilt for taking away her nursey nursey time prematurely even if it were on her terms.
Does anyone have some words of wisdom/support?