She claims she didn't start solids until 6 months, but I don't buy it, she was pushing me to start my daughter on them at 3 or 4 months.
Tons of allergies and asthma in my family, but it goes back generations.
My sisters were born in '83 and '85, also both BF, though one was weaned to bottles and baby food (but not formula) when mom was pregnant with the other one.
My brother was born in '92 and BF for about a year. My mom rocks.
My DH was born in '74 and was not BF. He has sinus problems, got his adenoids out as a kid, has all kinds of allergies... His mom didn't know better at the time, but from stuff she's said I bet she'd have BF if she ever had any more kids. She fully supports me BF, and has commented on how healthy our kids are, and how glad she is I can BF them, etc.
ETA: Ahhh..meant to add, I apparently SCREAMED non-stop (pretty much) for my first 9 months of life because I was allergic to the formula. It took my mom and doctor that long to find one that I wasn't allergic too. I really wish she'd breastfed me! But, different times! At least I can bf my son!
Mama to DS 2/22/06 and DS 3/27/09 :
My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 7 months pregnant with me. It was a really agressive form so they flew us to a major center and she was induced. She was having very agressive cancer therapy, so couldn't breastfeed. I was put onto formula , but was really allergic. Sooo ( acccckkk!) was given plain cows milk.... could be a reason for my allergy/ stomach problems!
Oh - to the OP's question -- boobjuice until I began biting @ 6 months, then oatmeal. Brother was only bfed a couple months though, then he went to oatmeal as well. I think Mom just had too much to do with me @ age 2 to manage the constant nursing demand from my bro, so she switched him. Neither of us ever got formula, and neither of us has any food allergies or intolerances.
My stepsister, OTOH, was formula-fed, because "That way you don't have to spend so much time around the baby" :
And fwiw, my sister bf'd her daughter for just over 18 months (my sis was just a teenager too then. Imagine having to pump at High School? She did it!)
I'm still nursing my nearly-2 year old and plan on doing the same with baby #2
Mama to DS (8) and DD (7) Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not "Every man for himself." And the London Underground is not a political movement.
She always says, "I'm so glad I waited to start feeding you solid foods until you were 6 months old!" - I guess that's when she added fruits and veggies, etc.
She went back to work p/t at 4 months old and I got formula during the day. I don't think she knew about breastpumps. I "self-weaned" at 10 months old but I still loved my bottles until I was 2+. I pointed out to my mother that because of the bottles it can't really be said to be self-weaning...it was more like nipple preference. But to her, it was self-weaning. And 10 months was a LONG time to BF in the 70's. I think she did a good job feeding me from the information she had to go on.
My sister BF until 13 months. I think she had a similar food regimen (early cereal and then fruits/veggies started at 6 months, on table food by 1 year).
The one thing that irks me about my mom and feeding babies is that since she totally spoon-fed us (obviously a 6-week-old does not feed themselves cereal ) she does not understand the concept of letting a baby self-feed and seems very resistant to it. She thought I was crazy for putting chunks of food in front of my 6-12 month old and letting her decide for herself whether to eat...she usually keeps "advice" to herself (thanks Mom ) but she couldn't resist telling me that I just needed to put the food on the spoon and feed it to DD.
I said, "I'm not going to force her to eat." She said, "that's what we all did when you were babies!" :
My mom gave birth to me in the early 1970s and breastfed me for 4-6 months (unfortunately probably also drank alcohol and smoked) then I don't know what I was switched to. Hopefully not the carnation canned milk junk. I was a very sick baby - had constant ear infections (thank you second hand smoke), pneumonia twice, tonsilitis. Now I have intestinal problems and other issues.
I have five children, the first nursed until she wasn't interested at 14 months - I was pregnant again and she just didn't seem to want to do it anymore. My second and third were nursed until they were in the 22 month old range. My fourth until she was a couple days shy of her second birthday. And this little guy will nurse as long as he wants to.
My dad and her doctor were supportive, though, and apparently that was all she needed. She says even now that her memories of bfing me are some of her most cherished ones of my early childhood.
She did smoke when she was pg with me (her dr. said it was okay, but to limit herself to 5 a day) and she did the same while bfing me. Doesn't seem to have done any harm, though... I'm beyond healthy, no allergies, and no problems with ear infections.
Laura, mama to Henry 01.28.07
missing Jack, born still in the car 08.23.10 at 36 weeks
Loving on Catherine, my 09.01.11, UC
My mother asked about nursing me, as I was her last child and it was just about the time some people were learning more about the benefits of breastfeeding. Her doctor told her not to even bother.
I was given Similac. My mother is still proud that she gave me real formula instead of the milk recipes other moms used. I was on solids at 6weeks as well. Sadly enough, all of my older sisters followed what my mother did without question.
Oh yeah, my mother also drank ginger brandy for morning sickness and smoked through all of her pregnancies. It was just what was done then. I don't judge her for it. She made almost all of her parenting decisions for she thought was best for the children based on the information she had at hand. I'll never judge any mom when she's doing that.
Bubba (9) Lukey (5) Fat Baby (2) Me
1952-sister-breastfed because mom knew it was best. That is, until 4 months of age, when her doctor told her that her breastmilk had too much sugar and she needed to stop. Apparently sister was getting too fat. She was fed carnation condensed milk mixed with water after that. :
1953-brother-doctor told her not to, because baby weighed 10lbs 6oz and you know, her milk had so much sugar, she couldn't risk it. : Carnation condensed milk, again.
1954-brother-homebirth-breastfed 15 months (mom starting to trust herself a bit now)
1957-sister-breastfed until 2 years of age, GO MOM!
1964-my twin and myself-over 9lbs each, doctor said there was no way she could do it, she believed him, so formula for us
But I am very glad she bf me as long as she did - that was the 70s so it was just coming back in to "vogue".
Homeschooling her 5 year old.
DB1- Bf'ed in the hospital and longer at home, ffed exclusivally at 4 weeks on Pro-Sobee (he didn't do well on Enfamil) 1986
DB2- Bf'ed some at home and some in the hospital. The doctors gave him glucose water right after he was born and it messed up his latch, my mom only got him to latch a few times. FF'ed on Similac 1996
- E . Single mom to DS E (15.12.05), T (reincarnated 18.04.08) and DD A (11.02.11) and Hoppy
RN-BSN 5/11, CBE, former doula
My mom Bf'd my brother for 15 months- until she was PG with me. (1972)
I was in the hospital for a few days after she was discharged and she would walk to the hospital (7 blocks) every 2 hours or so to BF me.(1974)
She says I self-weaned at 9 months. I don't know if it was a nursing strike or real weaning but I went straight to a cup and had no interest in boobs, bottles, pacifiers, etc.
She strongly believed in CLW though and was sad when I stopped nursing. I started cow's milk when I weaned.
I have no allergies. She also CD'd and made our food.
Oh, and the ped told her to start food at 1 month. She didn't believe in starting until 6 months. He said babies couldn't get by on only BM. So she would lie when she took my brother in and say he was eating cereal- and the doc would say "See, I told you he needed cereal. He's so nice and plump!"
What's also interesting: The other day I was reading in my baby album that she wrote at 4 weeks: 'She still won't eat solids from the spoon, we've been trying for a week now.'
At 4 WEEKS!
When I asked her she said the Pedi told her to.
I have to add, that my mom was 17 when she had me and she was very misinformed at the time.