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Old 02-22-2012, 12:23 PM   #1
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By nursing on demand am I starving my baby?

My son is 11months old and 17.5lbs. I nurse him on demand 24/7(6-8x a day), as I did my other children. He eats very well at all our meals and snacks. I just came back from the pediatrition, he told me to cut back on nursing, and feed him more food. Since after 6months there isn't much in breastmilk , only protection/immunity. I'm not a doctor, but I think there is still enough nutrition in bm at least equal to dairy milk. What do you think? Of course I will really try to feed him good stuff, but I don't want to cut back on nursing,

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Old 02-22-2012, 12:27 PM   #2
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I don't know where your ped got his information but there is still TONS of nutrition in breast milk, in fact as long as you nurse it is good nutritionally! I wouldn't cut back at all unless you both are ready for it. The immunity alone is enough to warrant continuing :-) Is he on solids at all? I would probably be feeding him solids at least twice a day (veggies, fruit) but don't stop nursing until you're ready :-)
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BM does not magically become less valuable food at 6 months. I'd find a new pedi.
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I don't know where your ped got his information but there is still TONS of nutrition in breast milk, in fact as long as you nurse it is good nutritionally! I wouldn't cut back at all unless you both are ready for it. The immunity alone is enough to warrant continuing :-) Is he on solids at all? I would probably be feeding him solids at least twice a day (veggies, fruit) but don't stop nursing until you're ready :-)
He eats everything we eat, 3 meals and 2 snacks.

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BM does not magically become less valuable food at 6 months. I'd find a new pedi.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:59 PM   #6
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that's ridiculous. sadly, it sounds like your ped is pretty ignorant on bfing and nutrition. your baby is more likely to start dropping wait if you follow his suggestions! breastmilk is very high in calories- higher than cow's milk btw- and the calories are packed with nutrition, antibodies, and developmental building blocks for baby. Cow's milk/other dairy doesn't even come close.. if it did there would be no need for formula for non-bfing babies at younger ages. Just because your LO is approaching the age where it's less crucial to have the highest quality milk, doesn't mean you should stop giving it to him if you can help it! At 11 months your baby is unlikely to eat enough solids and variety of solids to replace nursing to the extent suggested by the ped.

Keep doing what your doing. Nursing on demand is the healthiest way for your baby. Continue to offer solids, but right now nursing definitely trumps. : )
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My son is the same age and weighs less...our Ped. told me to nurse more because breastmilk is higher in calories and nutrients than anything else I can give him. I would do some serious thinking about finding a new doctor.
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BM does not magically become less valuable food at 6 months. I'd find a new pedi.
You didn't hear? Your breastmilk magically turns to white water when your baby hits 6 months.
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I agree with some PP... I also nurse on demand always have with all my kids, it works great and I would def find a new pedi, the nerve.
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Nope, you're fine, you're pedi has some seriously outdated info... WHO recommends nursing til at least 24 months, if it makes you feel better.
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