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Old 01-31-2013, 03:11 PM   #41
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Re: any EBF mommas NOT wait?

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We EBF and I'm getting pressure from my family to start solids at 4 months. I was thinking closer to 6, because what's the rush? But wanting to hear if there are those of you who also started early and have no regrets.
My DS is 4.5 months old, 18 lbs and 26 inches... big boy.. anyway, we started him on solids at 4m. He is sitting up in a highchair, grabbing at our food, and watching us eat like he wants to try. I was SO reluctant... I wanted him to go to about 8m before introducing, but with his size, boobie milk just was'nt satisfying his desire for food. I asked his pedi at his 4m appointment and she told me that I should start immediately because of his size and strength (he is already pulling himself across the floor..)

I was SOOO sad the first time ... he just LOVED it so much... ate like a big boy, doesn't spit any out, kept clamoring for more. Now he tries to feed himself with the spoon... ughh.


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Old 01-31-2013, 05:47 PM   #42
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Re: any EBF mommas NOT wait?

With my oldest he started cereal/baby food around four months and is perfectly healthy. However he weaned very soon after he started foods. With my second he started foods at four months and now has a gluten allergy, peanut/tree nut allergy and some medication allergies. The medications are definitely hereditary, however the gluten and nut allergies do not run in either my family or my husband's. So we are not really sure if the early introduction to foods had a hand in his allergies. With our third I am not introducing anything until at least six months and even then I am not going to use jarred food or the gerber cereal. I am going to be making my own food and only giving him oatmeal or rice ground down from the whole form that we already buy. That way I know it is not contaminated.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:46 PM   #43
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Re: any EBF mommas NOT wait?

i started owen at 4 months. he was sitting well and loved to taste things for a few weeks. it was really slow starting but now i cant get him to put the spoon down at 8 1/2 months

at first i felt terrible because i was getting alot of bs from people and "breastfeeding doesnt stick to his ribs" but owen didnt spit it out. i knew he was ready if he opened his mouth and was swallowing.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:49 PM   #44
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Re: any EBF mommas NOT wait?

With my first 2 children I didn't wait to start solids. But, with my now 8 month old I have waited. I figure she is getting everything she needs from me and it is more natural in my oppinion.
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Re: any EBF mommas NOT wait?

Haven't read all the responses but I come from a long line of women who EBF. My mom nursed me till I was passed a year old. Nobody on my side has ever gotten formula so I had a lot of wisdom to draw upon and everybody on both sides supported EBF 100% so there was no pressure to wean or whatever. The consensus was that four months was just fine to start letting them taste things. So that's what I did with both my girls and plan to do with future children. It was especially helpful with Ladybug who had reflux and starting solids was what really helped clear that up.

That said, I did not start off with rice cereal nor did I really follow any sort of "alternative" guidelines like WAPF. My mom would feed them various veggie jars when she had them, but I would just let them have a little bit of this and that off my plate. Except for meat. I started them on meat around 6 months and put it through the Vitamix. I think we started egg yolks fairly early on too.

ETA: Ladybug nursed till past two when I weaned her due to pregnancy and Itzy was also weaned due to pregnancy, but she was much younger at a little over a year. Neither one of them lost any interest in nursing when they started solids.
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