When to stop breastfeeding, and start on baby foods?

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Stephanie - posted on 03/03/2009

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i wouldnt stop breastfeeding until they start biting you...you can incorporate food in your babies diet and still breastfeed!

Leigh Anne - posted on 03/03/2009

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I breastfed my first daughter exclusively for 6 months, then started formula and baby foods at 7 months with some breastfeeding because it became harder to do with work.  My second daughter stopped breastfeeding at 5 months on her own.  She just preferred the bottle after a while.  It was so hard on me, but she is fine and just as healthy as her older sister.  It really is a personal issue between you and your baby.  You should ask your Dr. when they think it is best to introduce foods and what kinds at what age.  Just remember for the first year your baby gets most of their nutrition from breastmilk and or formula.  They have everything your baby needs.  The baby foods are wonderful in introducing new textures and flavors, and helping baby get adjusted to eating solids.  Just relax and enjoy, it goes by so fast!!

Beth - posted on 03/03/2009

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I breastfed my 3 as long as I could. My first son weaned me at 3mo. My second son was a mutual wean at 11 mo. But my most proud breastfeeding child was Sophia for as long as 15 mo. She was done by letting me know she was more interested in the things around her. Baby food should start when the baby is ready. Put a little liquidy rice cereal on a spoon and slowly offer it to him if his mouth moves properly accepting the more solid liquid by smoothing his toung to the roof of his mouth, rather than trying to suckle from the spoon, if that happens then he may need more breast feeding before introducing the spoon. Generally if you want an age then between 3 and 4 months is the average you may change your mind. My son chose not to accept anything other than my breast untill he was 6 1/2 months.. I knew what to do by watching my children and not taking in the doctor's orders or "should do's".  So watch your baby and his ques and go with HIM! Have fun!

Michele - posted on 03/03/2009

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I believe in child led weaning, both my kids weaned themselves as toddlers, and never had "baby foods" because breast milk has all the nutrients their growing body needs as long as you feed on demand. Best of luck to you, and if you do introduce baby foods, 9 mos is a good marker for a breastfed baby. Hope my different opinions help... remember there is no right or wrong answer, just do what works best for you!

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Well I didn't breastfeed, but I believe that you should breastfeed until your doctor says stop. Your baby knows what he wants, so if he still seems like he wants the milk, then let him have it. My baby is still on formula and he is 11 months. And he still eats some baby food as well. I started my son on baby food at 4 months, but every baby is different. Just make sure you only try one food at a time and don't mix foods until you know they don't have an allergy to the food. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 03/03/2009

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I started my son on oat cereal (less constipating) at 4 1/2 months and then stage 1 or beginner foods at 5 months, but still breast feeding 4-5 times a day. You will want to continue breast feeding until at least a year or switch to formula slowly. Offer the breast first and then see if he will eat some cereal, you do not want your milk supply to dry up. Depending on when you plan to wean, drop a feeding in place of a meal to slowly decrease your milk. My little guy will be 6 months old on the 11th and he is doing great on this schedule, I also feed him cereal before bed and he sleeps from 7:00p.m. to 6:30 a.m. 

Andrea - posted on 03/03/2009

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The AAP recommends:



"Exclusive breastfeeding for approximately the first six months and support for breastfeeding for the first year and beyond as long as mutually desired by mother and child."



I was only able to nurse my son for 5 months. My daughter I plan on at least a year. I started solids with my son around 4 months & with my daughter I probably won't start until 6.

Lindsay - posted on 03/03/2009

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My daughter is almost 8 months.  I am still nursing, but started her on baby food at 6 months.  I could have started earlier with the baby food because her doctor said she was ready, but I chose to wait because of conflicting sources.

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Breast feeding and baby food are completley seperate. Your baby will tell you when he wants to stop. As long as it works for you and your baby (and your hubby) I would not mess with it. Even if you go longer than the year people always say should be a stopping point. Dont listen and do what is right for you and your baby!

As far as baby foods, if he is exclusivly BF then you should start to introduce around 6 months, but talk to your child's dr about it first.

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