I've been noticing lately on my birth boards that the ff'ing moms seem to think their babies are still hungry after taking their bottles and have been introducing solids very early because of it. None of the bf'ing mothers seem to be doing this. The ff'ing moms know the 4-6 month recommendation, but they say, "but my baby is still hungry! How can I starve her? I have to give her SOMETHING!" They seem to be starting cereal at about 1-2 months and other baby food by 3 months or so.
I asked my mom if she noticed any difference between her kids (first was ff, dc#2 bf until 4 months, dc#3 breastfed until 7 months, but with a low supply, and the youngest two bf until 2-2.5 years). She said she felt she needed to give her ff baby solids very early, the next two solids at a few months old, and the youngest two (one of which was me
) she didn't give solids to until about 5 months. I seem to be seeing a pattern here.
I ebf my DS (two months) and I do not feel like he is still hungry after nursing. He is about 14 or 15 lbs and I do not feel like him being so big has anything to do with how hungry he is. I do not feel drained from nursing a big baby (although I do eat A LOT to keep up with him :LOL ).
I told my sister that I planned on waiting till DS was 6 months to introduce solids and she said, "Well, good luck with THAT!"
: She seems to think babies NEED solids before then and it's difficult to manage them being soooo hungry all the time. Her kids were both on formula by 3.5 months, which is about when she started solids. If DS keeps growing at this rate, he could very well be 20 lbs by 6 months, but he would still be satisfied on my milk alone. I was a very large baby and I was satisfied on my mother's milk alone.
Does anyone else see this connection or is it just me? It makes me wonder if ff babies are really that lacking in nutrition that they would seem hungry all the time. It makes me doubt formula even more than I already do.