My mother BF my brother 30 years a go until age 8mo. she thought BFing was better for baby (she also smoked while bfing, there was no mention at this that it was dangerous) My mother bf me for just a few months when she said one day I just refused her breast (probably a nursing strike!) and her doctor told her that her milk must be sour and to stop bfing me because she was feeding me spoiled milk. (IS this even possible??? Or was the doctor just an idiot!!) So she sais she tried every formula and I would not tolerate any of them she settled on giving me a mix of 50% water/ 50% 2% cows milk in a bottle. It's a wonder I survived!!! Doc said I was to FAT!! since I was born at 10lb 3oz. and she shouldnd't feed me very often so she gave me lots of water bottles during the day. She said I was a VERY cranky baby and cried all the time. WELL DUH I WAS STARVING SHe took away my Breastmilk and was giving me water and very little cows milk. She said I wasn't very cranky until her milk soured ( WELL DUH IT PROABLT NEVER SOURED I WAS PROBABLY ON A NURSING STRIKE!!)
Anyway what did your mothers feed you and why
the point of this thread is to see how many mothers were poorly informed by thier docs or peers. This way we can try and educate all and dispell feeding myths
OT, but does anyone know if GERD can be genetic? My dd was a real spit-uppity baby and I wonder if it's connected.
She nursed J for 6.5m, until his death. She nursed D until she found out she was pg with me and her OB told her to wean. We're 14m apart so I guess he was about 6mo at the time. She nursed me until I "self weaned" at 11mo, the day I took my first steps (I guess nobody had heard of nursing strikes in 1973. ) She hand-expressed milk for my bottles (about 1 a week) until the dr gave her the go-ahead to give me whole cow's milk (I'm guessing around 6mo, but she doesn't remember.) I know I had been getting bottles of cow's milk in addition to nursing when I weaned.
She told me how she fed each of us a few spoonfuls of baby cereal a couple days before our 6m checkups so she could get the ped's permission to move onto "real foods." It's sad that she felt the need for the ped's permission, and never thought to go against dr's orders, but cool that she found a way to delay solids as long as she felt she could, and limit our exposure to highly refined foods (ie baby cereal.) She also made most, if not all of our baby food- apparently the jarred stuff in those days contained a lot more sugar and salt than they do today.
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The worst though was giving me peanut butter on a paci. Apparently my gma got me addicted to sugar dipped paci's and my mom thought peanut butter would be better. Hello potential allergen and choking hazard!
My dh was BF about 6 months. MIL's sisters told her she should stop because the warm weather was coming and they would be out more. I guess they thought NIP was bad. He also got honey dipped paci's. Ay, yi, yi.
Thank God I've got no allergies.
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My mom is envious of my breastfeeding relationship with ds. She wishes she had the support I have had.
I just wanted to add my 5'0" aunt was raised on mashed potatos and cow's milk from infancy because my grandmother couldn't afford formula!
well, i cant blame her for "failing" - after a forced unnecessary C/sec, I was kept in a nursery and brought to DM for scheduled feedings - 20mins every 4 hours (except at night). no one tried to help or encourage her.
with my DB and DS she didnt even try.
We were all given rice cereal and heinz baby food on "schedule" and by the time we were in school, lived almost exclusively on junkfood. even the "nutritious" dinners she sometimes prepared were generally frozen mix veggies boiled till they had no flavour or colour, chips or some other kind of frozen and then deep-fried potato, and fried chops or steak or sausages. with tomato ketchup (that counts as a vegetable, right?)
At least she was really supportive of me BFing, but she did try to pressure me to give rice cereal at 6mos. At least we live on a different continent so we managed to avoid most of her well-meant advice!
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I am 25 and still my mom feels like she failed us by not being able to BF.
I was fed baby cereal startging at 3 months and I "tasted" every food my parents ate starting at 4 months.
I was the 1st baby, and I was born in 1980.
My sister (1974)- Breastfed for about 6 months, then formula. Mom weaned due to biting and pressure from family members.
Second sister (1975) - Breastfed for a year - Mom said screw what other people think.
And just for fun, my cousin - 1974 - Formula, my aunt didn't even consider bfing. I have a picture of him at no more than 6 weeks old with my aunt bragging on the back of the picture "First Solids!!!" The poor kid could barely hold his head up and my aunt was shoving cereal down his throat.
I don't know about solids for any of us, other then it was MUCH earlier than 6 months and it was stuff like blueberry pie for babies, etc. Yuck.
I think my siblings were fed pretty much the same way. My mum was of the opinion that baby food was not only unnecessary, but evil.
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Mom didn't start solids with us 'til sometime around 5ish months (I think she was "supposed" to at 3ish months, but Mom read The Womanly Art and was a nurse and watched for readiness cues instead?). She did start cow's milk with us at meals by the time we were 8 months (she started at 6 months with one sister, ironically the one who had an infant cow's milk allergy that wasn't diagnosed 'til she was 2, Mom feels guilty about that). The docs were saying to start at 6 months. The foods mom fed us were mostly mashed table foods (Mom cooks pretty low-fat, low-salt, healthy meals).
Mom wanted to do CLW and didn't/doesn't realize that the early intro of solids and especially early intro of cow's milk is what most likely ended the nursing relationships with us .... By the time we were 12 months, she says most of us were just nursing morning and night, drinking cow's milk at meals and the rest of the time. She's not been pushy about the fact that Ina bf'd 'til 2 1/2 (curious and kept reassuring me that "she'll quit one day," as if I needed the reassurance ) -- and I don't want to rain on her parade. She did a great job bfing past a year, given when she was doing it!!
The local doctors would refer nursing women who were having problems to talk to Mom about them (very small rural community and no LLL). I don't think she had many problems with her doctors - but as a respected nurse, and a pretty well-informed and stubborn woman, I don't think she gave them much room for input either.
ETA: I was a preemie and in the hospital for I think three weeks. My mom would come to the hospital 2-3 times a day to nurse. I don't think she pumped, so I probably got formula in between.
DH, on the other hand, was nursed until he was almost 5. His mom didn't have much time to cook, so most of the time they got basic junk stuff like mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, canned veggies, etc.
DS has a completely different start to life. He's 20 months and still nursing (no formula since he left the hospital, when the nurses gave it without my permission), eats mainly all-natural food, LOVES fresh fruit, eats veggies well, inhales plain oatmeal like it's coated in chocolate, and gets a lot of exercise. I started him on solids at 5.5 months because he was showing all the signs of being ready, and boy did he love that banana! Hopefully, I'll be able to avoid not only the blood-sugar disorders prevalent in my family, but the weight problems in both my family and DH's.
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cereal at 2 weeks, formula since birth (not sure brand or kind) and was given whole milk at 6 months. (and she stopped the formula) She did teh same for all 3 of us. She had no desire to breastfeed, never even thought about it and when i asked her why not she said she was way too uncomfortable with her own body and too shy to ask questions. Also she had no support form her friends or family. She tried to convince me that my kids needed cereal at 4 weeks cause they had to be starving cause they weren't sleeping through the night. (: ) and that they weer gonna reject food if i waited too long. She also used all jarred baby food (which 30 years ago was loaded with sugars and thickeners etc). Despite all that I have taught her and that she has learned form watching me raise my kids she still says she wouldnt' do anythgin differently! :
I was breastfed for 18 months. In fact, my mom continued to nurse me when she got pregnant and even AFTER she gave birth to my younger brother, who is ONLY 14 months younger. I think she breastfed him to around18 months as well.
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She was never a fan of extended nursing but I guess I educated her hehe
Incidentally, she is the only one who has ever said anything to me about NIP. "No one wants to see that" she thought she was funny @@
1980: Me, until 21 months
1982: Brother until 3 years
1990: Brother until 3 years
1993: Sister until 3 years
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