I have decided that I am going to continue nursing Luke and just try to make changes to his solids diet to get him the nutrition he might be lacking. I have been more diligent in nursing every 3 hours (or more often) and then once during the night over the past week. I am also making sure he eats 3 hearty solids meals and at least 2 snacks.
We haven't been giving him oatmeal cereal as much lately since we were moving on to more table food, but I am bringing it back into at least one meal or snack a day. I have frozen milk and formula to mix with it, so that should give him at least one extra serving a day. I also plan on putting my milk in a cup and serving it to him often. Even if he gets only a few sips, it should help. If anyone else has other suggestions for getting formula or milk into his diet, please let me know (like, is mixing powder in with a more liquid puree ok?)
Jacob went through this same growth pattern and it wasn't a concern for him, so I'm not quite sure why such a drastic change is required. In my heart, I really don't feel that he is being deprived of what he needs and he'll be just fine.
While we were in WV, Luke ate A LOT. I guess when you are around the house most of the day, you can take the time to make sure he is really full at each meal. We saw the effects of eating a lot by him sleeping until at least 5am without waking each night (and of course, in his diaper output...) I was thrilled with the sleeping. I hope we can keep it up. I am also trying to be a bit more diligent in having him eat what we are eating, at least at breakfast and dinner, to get him used to it. A friend told me that kids should be eating what the family eats by 1 year old. We still have to fill in the gaps with baby food and other soft foods to make sure he gets enough, but he is doing well so far, and seems to like what he is given. Last night was spaghetti and tonight, pizza (and peas and carrots...)