is it ok if i breastfeed my baby until 6 months?.. no powdered milk until that time..

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Melissa - posted on 02/02/2011

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It's funny how attitudes can change isn't it. There was a time when experts claimed that formula was the best then low and behold research proved it wasn't. Now there is a big push to return to breast feeding, there are even breast feeding sit-ins where I live. I am not the activist type but I find it amusing. :)
I once heard someone say that breast feeding was gross and it floored me... I mean hello you are drinking breast milk from a COW! lol How can my baby drinking the milk made just for her be gross?? I have 3 children, number 4 on the way, and I have never bought a can of formula and I don't intend to. I got the hang of pumping and freezing with my last baby. I think the biggest challenge is going to be finding a place to pump at work. :)

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Erin - posted on 03/01/2011

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Sorry to hear that Tori!
My work doesnt offer maternity benefits, but I apply for mat pay through EI and as long as I meet certain requirements (worked so many hours in the past year etc) I get my partial pay that work would have provided me if they supplied benefits. I was under the impression all jobs had to legally hold your job for you, for up to a year after the baby was born! Although I have no idea the rules in other countries of course. And then there is always that fear they will fire you for something unrelated, but they were looking for a reason because you were on leave. Those people suck.

Tori - posted on 03/01/2011

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Breastfeed as long as you can! I breast fed my daughter until 8 months but then my milk dried up :( I had to go back to work when she was 7 weeks old, my job did not give me a maternity leave and told me come back or lose my job. I only got to pump once a day on my lunch break and she had 2 feedings while I was gone so she was having one bottle of formula a day. The job was def not the best for working moms who are breast feeding. My husband has a better job this time around and I have the opportunity to be a stay at home mom for the first 6 months of my sons life and adjust to having 2 under 2 :)

Erin - posted on 02/17/2011

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Tons of women exclusively breastfeed as long as they can, and somewhere along the line, your baby *might* get interested in other foods. My daughter started grabbing at my food when I was eating dinner and trying to eat it, so I experimented with some simple cereals to see how it went. Not even a meal, just to see how she reacted. Your baby will let you know when they want more :) Its natural instincts.

Angela - posted on 02/13/2011

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its actually recommended to Breast feed your child until 12 months,however it is entirely up to you if you would like to stop breast feeding at 6 months. and it does not affect the growth of your child at all. Although breastfeeding is best. When I gave birth to my daughter Via C-section My milk came late and I produced very little and I couldnt produce enough for how much my daughter ate,so I was forced to turn to formula even befor she was a month old,and my daughter is one of the healthiest babies and a strong one too,thank god! So really,its entirely up to you!

Cyndel - posted on 02/11/2011

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I breastfed exclusively until my son was 6 months, then I started spoon feeding him. He was 8 months when he started drinking water from a sippy, he didn't get anything to drink except water and breast milk until he was 14 months, I weened him and started giving him cows milk, he didn't get Juice until he was more then 18 months, and then it was 1/3 juice to 2/3 water. I didn't go 1/2 and 1/2 until he was over 2. and I won't stop mixing his juice with water until he is fully potty trained as it gives him rashes to have undiluted juice.

Kendra - posted on 02/05/2011

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Breast feeding is the very best option until the baby is ready for solids, at which time breast feeding remains the superior liquid sustenance until sometime after the 1st birthday. I personally nursed my 3 girls until around 15 months, when they were too busy to care to sit still for nursing any longer. It is also better for your budget, but that shouldn't be your primary concern!

Katherine - posted on 02/03/2011

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remember it is your child no one elses and we all have our own views on this.
professionals say 6mon-1 year.
I went to formula whe i was unable to continue breastfeeding.
my kids are happy healthy and good.

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of course! my girl had nothing but breastmilk til 6 months, and i kept feeding her til 12 months (with solids too obviously) its the way to go i reckon =)

Bernadette - posted on 02/02/2011

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breast milk is all your baby needs until 6 months anyway, so no, it won't affect growth not giving powdered milk. From then on, introduce solids but still continue with breastfeeding for as long as your baby (and you) wants to. As a baby, my sister was not interested in solids when she reached 6 months, and wasn't given formula either so she was fully breast fed until she was 9 months old - and she was the largest of all of my mum's 5 babies, even though the rest of us started solids earlier. So no, your baby doesn't need anything to supplement your breast milk until at least 6 months UNLESS you are not producing enough.

Dawna - posted on 05/07/2010

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i met with a lactation specialist today and she was saying that each day you make it through breastfeeding is better than not at all. so even if you start off with a plan to breastfeed for 6 months and after a while it doesnt work for you, you still gave some, which is way better than none. she was saying even if you get frustrated with breastfeeding one day and decide to give a formula bottle, it isnt too late to try again. i hope this helps you in some way.♥3

Niki - posted on 05/05/2010

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powdered milk is NOT necessary at all unless for some reason your milk runs out or you cant be bothered breastfeeding anymore - breastmilk is much much better for baby's and definatly wont affect his growth or development in any negative way!! - powdered milk however definatly can. 6 months is the reccomended minimum for breastfeeding - but its reccomended that you do it for at least 2 years until baby system is ready to switch completly over to solid foods (ideally formula should never be introduced). dont believe anyone that tells you babys need formula to be healthy - they need breastmilk - and formula is only a substitute for when breastmilk isnt avalible.

Corina - posted on 05/03/2010

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The longer you can breastfeed the better for the baby. I bff my son for nine months.

Brittany - posted on 05/02/2010

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You can breastfeed for as long as you want. It's the best source of nutrition for a baby. But because of pain and discomfort alot of women stop at a certain time for their preferences.

Jamie - posted on 05/02/2010

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It's preferable if you're able to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months. Just continue your prenatal vitamins, and make sure you're getting a rounded diet with plenty of vitamins C, D (plenty of sunshine or an additional supplement) and iron.

Kristin - posted on 05/02/2010

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I breastfed each of mine for at least 1 year (14 months and 18 months) and they both grew just fine. Breastmilk is made by our bodies to feed our babies. There is nothing on earth better, but there are other options if it just isn't working for you.

Grace - posted on 05/02/2010

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Mine was on breast milk ONLY until six months, then I started to give baby cereal and baby pureed vegetables/fruit. I continued to breastfeed until she was 2 years old even though she was already on solids. I find that when she gets sick, she gets well very quickly, usually in a couple of days.

Denise - posted on 05/02/2010

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I breast fed my daughter for 18 mths! And when she turned 4 mths I started her on infant cereal as well as breastfeeding, 6 mths I started her on Veggies, Fruits and Juice mixed with water in a sippy cup as well as still breastfeeding. She did great!

Sarah - posted on 05/02/2010

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I agree its best to breastfeed as long as you can or as long as you are comfortable with it! Think of it as food made especially for your child... no other food is made just for your baby!

Jane - posted on 05/02/2010

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do it for as long as you can and don't feel guilty about stopping if that's what's right for you. i bf our 1st for 6 months b/c i was home and then only at night for 3 more months. i bf our 2nd for 3 weeks. the most important is the first week where the baby gets the colastrum. you may like the closeness, who knows? good luck!

Ashleigh - posted on 05/01/2010

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It is awesome! I breastfed my son exclusively til 8 months, then he got a little formula when I was at work and weened him at 13months. The AAP recommends breastfeeding until 1 year, it is the most beneficial. Good luck! Don't get discouraged, it may not be as easy when you start as you would think, it takes a little time and practice to get breastfeeding going sometimes.

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