how long did you exclusively breastfeed for?

Merissa - posted on 10/20/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my daughter will be 9 months on the first and were still exclusively breastfeeding. shes really not showing interest in solid baby food but in the food im eatting. i give her some but just a bit. she only stays interested in what her father and i are eatting only for a few bites.

i dont mind breastfeeding her but it keeps me from staying out for more than 3 hours at a time.

i know babies work at their own pace and she'll start eatting solids when shes ready, but shes about to be 9 months. i feel like im not doing something right.

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Magdalena - posted on 10/26/2012

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I was breastfeeding my older daughter for 11 months. That's when I felt I wasn't producing enough milk, guess due to me working, pumping wasn't the same, my body didn't want to be cheated anymore, I suppose.

I believe you shouldn't stop breastfeeding yet. Even if you give your baby solids, she still needs to receive milk. How about pumping if it bothers you that you can't leave her for more than a few hours at a time.

We started baby food at about 4 months. Started with jars, we went from green foods to yellow and orange. We were lucky she loved her jars. It's ok to feed her what you eat as long as the food is soft to avoid choking hazard and the food is nutritious.

I always started with breastfeeding and then gave her a jar.

Even when she starts eating solids, she still needs either your milk or formula. We had to have her on organic formula for a month. Babies shouldn't start drinking cow's milk til they're about one.

Good luck

Celeste - posted on 10/22/2012

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My twin boys weren't really interested in solid food until about 8 or 9 months.



You're not doing anything wrong! You're following your babies cues. Breastmilk is to be the main source of nutrition for the first year. It's OK to feed baby what you're eating. My boys were not big fans of baby food. Look into baby led weaning :)

Stacey - posted on 10/22/2012

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Every baby is different if she wants 2 eat what you are eating that's fine just pop some of your food in a bowl for her she will eventually start 2 eat regular meals they say that babies need milk as their main food source until 1 year. But breast feeding has so many good benefits the longer you do it for and as long as you are happy then don't worry. Try expressing some milk and freeze it for when you do want to go out.

Dove - posted on 10/21/2012

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6 months before he ate his first bite of solids, but he wasn't really eating solids on a daily basis til around a year. He was a year and a half before he ever went longer than 4 hours without nursing though. As long as you continue to nurse on demand and offer her solids... you're doing everything right. :)

Mary - posted on 10/20/2012

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My oldest was 9 1/2 months when I started trying to feed her solids. She was 11 1/2 months when she started actually eating them! I read (In the book The Baby Bond) that there have been studies showing immune benefits to exclusive breastfeeding up to 9 months, so I wouldn't worry. She doesn't need it nutritionally until 1 year. If she's not interested in baby food, don't bother with it. She can eat real food...you can probably tell as her mother what she is able to handle, so go ahead and let her have what she's interested in.

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