Brenda - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )
I've come to the conclusion the problem with a lot of advice breastfeeding mothers get is because they are being given advice for formula fed babies.
I formula fed my first (dried up after gall bladder surger), and now I'm breastfeeding my second, and I've come to the following conclusions:
Formula fed babies are generally ready for solids sooner. This makes sence since breastmilk changes over time and formula doesn't. We started my first at two months on food becuase he was tanking over six ounces a feed, and feeding about seven times a day. I think the advice of 4-6 months is good, because a formula baby needs something a bit sooner because of the nature of formula. Also, some babies are ready sooner than others, because we started solids with my breastfed baby at five months. I had wanted to wait until six, but he was insistent on wanting to eat. But both my boys have been developmentally advanced, so I think that makes a difference in this aspect.
The ideas of scheduled feeds are based on formula babies. This is why the idea is so prevelent, I feel. You tend to have a schedule with a formula baby because of the way formula is not digested as well as breastmilk. The same goes for telling moms to give babies solid foods to make them sleep better. A stomache that is full longer because of filler will indeed keep them asleep longer.
Well anyway, there's my thougth for the day. :)