I still breastfeed my 15 month old baby, partly because she is comforted by it and partly because I know she is my last baby and I'm holding onto her baby-hood as long as possible. She doesn't drink much cow's milk, maybe an ounce a day, so I know that she needs the breast milk to compensate.
But I'm also still getting up with her at least once, usually twice, each night. And it's not like she's a new baby that needs to eat every few hours. It's just her comfort, and a way for me to get her back to sleep within 10 minutes so I can go back to sleep.
At her 15 month check up she weighed 22lbs 8oz, which is 50th percentile for weight, so I know she's getting the nutrition and fat that she needs to grow. But I also worry that she doesn't eat a lot of solid foods because she prefers to nurse. Both of my kids don't eat a lot (or sleep well, for that matter) and I'm getting quite frustrated. I want them to eat 3 meals & 2 snacks a day, but instead their eating patterns are scattered and they rarely eat at the table for more than 3 minutes. I've gotten into the bad habit of letting them eat on the couch, or letting them carry their snacks around the house.
And B doesn't eat well at all. His food intake consists of a predictable rotation of chicken nuggets, pasta, carrots & ranch, lettuce & ranch, apples, pears, bananas ... sometimes green beans (with ketchup). I don't know if I need to enforce a "tough love" approach and just start making 1 meal for all of us to eat and then letting him go hungry if he chooses to not eat it. Then maybe he will eventually give in and eat something new?
I have a lot of challenges right now with my children, mostly food & sleeping issues that I need to remedy. If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate the advice!