Eleisha - posted on 11/11/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )
Okay so I am not criticizing anyone or their beliefs on BF and solids, I am just after how people feel about introducing solids. Here's my daughters and my story.
For the first 8 weeks, my daughter refused to BF (we had a terrible experience with my baby screaming for 1 hr, a midwife forcing her on my breast and me crying too). So she refused. I expressed and fed her for those 8 weeks and have now finally got her BF properly and we have not looked back. (in that time she never once had a bottle of formula). We got to 3 months and she stopped gaining weight. I had copious amounts of milk, and she just stopped feeding. I decided to give her rice cereal for breakfast. From then on she started to gain weight, and she now has 3 meals per day. Ava is 5 months now, and eats a variety of foods (homemade only) which include yogurt, egg, fish and wheat. WHO says to exclusively BF for 6 months and while this works for some people, it just did not work for me and my child. They recommend delaying introducing these foods to reduce allergies. However, the rate of allergies over the past few years has increased dramatically. I am wondering if delaying the introduction of these solids actually increases the risk of allergies. Since introducing these foods and other solids my daughter has displayed NO allergies... Just wondering how you feel and what your experiences are?
NOTE - My daughter still has 5 BF per day!