DS will soon be 8 months and has been on solids since about 5 as he was always such a hungry baby (and big boy) feeding every 2hrs!.
His schedule USED to be as follows:
11am BF, nap then solids
5pm BF, nap then solids
8pm BF then bed
wakes during night/sleep in our bed early morning couple of short BF'ds
I didnt introduce a breakfast solids for a while because he hadnt been feeding well in the morning and I wanted to make sure he had a BF before solids (plus it was a bit hard as he wakes late). (although he has recently started regardless, he is offered water with solids to BTW)
In the last week in addition to not feeding well for the first morning feed he has tended not to BF well firstly for the 11am feed and now for the 3pm one to! He seems to only feed now if he is tired (his 5pm, 8pm and overnight feeds). he does get VERY distracted and having a toddler in the house doesnt help that but despite feeding in his room in relative quiet and even when she is not around he just doesnt want to do it, its like he doesnt even want to get into the BF position, and I know he isnt sick, no sore ears, etc, etc. Ive tried all the tricks to, BF necklace, squirting some in his mouth, offering my hair or jacket collar to play with (which he used to like doing), even tried sticking a sticker on my boob!!!
HOWEVER he will happily take EBM out of a bottle and right after offering a BF a couple of times I will go and express, come back with a bottle of it and when he sees the bottle he will kick his legs and make noises as if to say 'gimmie-gimmie!!'.
The problem with this is despite owning $400 worth of manual and electric pumps they just dont seem to work on my boobs, I have to hand express which is time consuming, not as effective and leaves my boobs quite sore and red.
What do you think? I dont really know much about self weaning, could it be this, or just a stage?
I really hope not, I BF his sister until 1.5yrs and was hoping to do the same with him