breastfeeding exclusivly

Amy - posted on 05/31/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Isn't there anyone else out there who breastfeeds exclusively past a year? I was just at the pediatrician friday and she looked at me like I had three heads when I said my 11 month old wasn't eating solids much yet. She's just not that interested, my thought are that the breast is the best anyway. isn't there anyone else that does this? I feel all alone.

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Mina - posted on 05/31/2009

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I breastfed my daughter till she was a bit over 18 months. Yes, same like Liz's kid, after she was over 1, she gets breast milk less, I fed her only when she asked for it. She still likes it a lot, they said after the first year, there won't be enough nutrition for them, so she wants it more for the feeling of security than anything. But she did start solids before she was one, but still I think it depends on the kids, if they want it, they'd ask for it. After Abby tried solid food, she didn't like baby food anymore, but loved her breast milk. My mother breastfed us sisters each till we were over 1 year old; originally I was gonna stop breastfed her when she's 18-month-old. But because my husband left for boot camp that time, so she got even depends on that for the security. I understand what you mean by feeling all alone, when I was still breastfeeding most people around me never did it or didn't last long, and a lot times people gave me weird looks when they heard me breastfed or for how long I had been doing it! I am very proud of being able to breastfed my daughter and love the bond between me and her, that's a precious memory nothing else can ever replace! So just be yourself, when times like that happen, just think about how content and peaceful you both feel when you are doing it! Enjoy the moment!! :)

Marie - posted on 05/31/2009

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My son is 1 year 2 weeks old. He gets cereal once a day and 1/2 large jar of baby food, as well as pieces of food from our plates at dinner time. He nurses as many times a day as he did before we added solids - morning, before and after naps and twice at night (bedtime plus 1).



Baby will start solids wen she's ready - like when she starts realizing that the food on your plate is pretty darned interesting - you can always introduce her to cheerios. They apparently make a great first food. Keep in mind that children who don't start learning to manipulate food before 1 year might be delayed in speaking and eating later on.



We started Alexander with boring rice cereal and gradually introduced oatmeal with fruits and other varieties of cereal. Eventually we added foods like apple sauce (which daddy always mixes with breakfast cereal), bananas, and various jarred foods.



Do you have her sit at the table with you when you eat your meals? Does she seem curious about what you're doing/putting in your mouth? If so, then she's definitely ready for solids - just try different things a little at a time - and remember to allow 5 days between introducing new foods.



My doctor looked at me funny too when I told him - at 6 months - that we hadn't introduced rice cereal. Then we did and it's been really fun so far. Tonight he ate boiled carrots for the first time - and enjoyed them! *grin*

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Edith - posted on 06/01/2009

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my son is 12months and he is also not interested in solids so I have to continue breastfeeding him. he only takes very little finger foods.

Amy - posted on 06/01/2009

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I think this doctor just had an ego trip and wanted to make me feel stupid or something. My daughter does eat some table food and has maybe a jar of babyfood at dinner time (sounds like Mina and Marie) but apparently that wasn't good enough for this doctor. I had taken her there because she has food allergies (dairy and peanuts) and thought it was affecting her sleep patterns and kinda just wanted to talk to someone about it... bad idea. My daughter is not waking up at night because she's hungry she's waking up because her tummy hurts. Poor thing, I'll try giving some cereal though, but it sounds like she has similar eating habits as some of you who posted. Thanks for the encouragement! i want to try and breastfeed longer with her (my son I made to 16 months) but, yeah people just don't seem to be doing it anymore, I don't know why, it's so good for them. I just talked to a neighbor the other day who said she was trying to wean her 6 month old! Yikes!

Rosalind - posted on 06/01/2009

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you should be so greatfull that your child still wants to breast feed, I wanted to feed my daughter for alot longer than I did, she became ill at nine months old and had to go into hospital, because of this she weaned herself, I was lost, I tried expressing and giving her breast milk in a bottle, even kept expressing just to keep my milk there, but she still would'nt take the boob. She went straight onto solid food with no milk, she would'nt drink formula or even cows milk, keep feeding your child your very lucky that you can.

Liz - posted on 05/31/2009

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I breastfed my son until he was 14 months (past a year its more at nap times and before bed) and I plan on breastfeeding my daughter who is 11 months probably the same but your son should still be eating solids at that age shouldn't he? what does your doctor say? and how often are you feeding? I feed my daughter on demand and since she likes water in a sippy cup I am also trying to see how she likes whole milk.. my daughter didn't like baby food she went right to eating chunks of real food..

User - posted on 05/31/2009

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My son is nearing 8 months and is exclusively breastfed, we'll be weaning come a year though. We're planning to try for baby #2 next year and I'd like my body to myself for a bit. My son eats 3 solid meals a day and nurses 6 times during the day too. I don't know anyone who is nursing past a year. My sis lasted a couple weeks, my friend is nursing her 9 month old, and my other friend only nursed about 3 months.

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