I was born in 1970 and my mom had a terrible doctor. Mom really
wanted to breastfeed and when she asked him about it, he deliberately steered her into the dark. He actually told her that it all just comes naturally and advised not to worry about it or waste any time reading about it.
Unfortunately, she was gullible and mousy then - and was not able to BF me without me falling asleep. Therefore she wasn't able to establish her milk supply. She felt very disappointed. (This is the doc that knocked her out for my birth against her wishes and was infamous for using forceps all the time. Luckily for me, I came too fast for his props at least.)
I imagine I was "on time" for solids and all that stuff according to the medical people at the time. I was fairly sick on and off during childhood, but a lot of that ended up being due to anxiety issues & depression and living with an alcholic father.
Mom was afraid to even try to breastfeed with my younger brother because of her failed experience from before with me, even though she said she had a ton of milk and now regrets not trying.And here's something really scary -
my brother was born with a double hernia which required surgery to fix. He cried all the time because he was in pain! The docs and nurses didn't know what was wrong with him so they assumed he was hungry
and fed him cereal when he was just a few days old.
No one asked my mom about this either. They just did it.
My brother has had numerous health problems, both physical and psychiatric. He is obese and was recently diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 32. While I am sure everything is very complicated, my parents are sure that the hospital people feeding him solids so early added to his weight problem.
So I knew mom would be cool about me BF'ing. But I was amazed that my dad was my biggest BF advocate. I hadn't realized that my mom was so disappointed about her experience before I started nursing. I think she may have even written a letter to the editor in response to something she'd read in the paper that was negative about BF'ing back in the early '70s. (This would've been a very bold step for her. Way to go, Mom!)
I think if Mom had been more informed and more confident and if society had not been so out of touch with nature and mothering.... well, I think she would've been a granola mama and probably would've liked to have hung out with MDC-type moms.