Exclusively breastfeeding - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 5 Old 01-24-2010, 09:30 PM - Thread Starter
su.wei's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Is it possible to exclusively breastfeed for too long? i know they now recommend 6 months, but are there any negative effects from not introducing solids? I am in no hurry to start my baby on food.
su.wei is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 5 Old 01-24-2010, 09:41 PM
Bluegoat's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,569
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
yes, eventually you would not be able to provide everything required for, say, a busy 20 year old.

Seriously, children do eventually need other foods. Some people feel at about 6 months, while others say up to a year of BF exclusively is fine. I haven't heard anyone recommend delaying introduction of solids later. Iron is usually the first thing that they worry about being inadequate. In any case, if you plan to BF exclusively for an extended time, you would want to make sure you had plenty of iron and other nutrients and minerals to give to baby.

As far as studies go, there are studies that show that waiting 6 months means less food related problems like allergies. Of course this is approximate, not an exact thing - if they tested 5 month old babies who knows what they would have found? The last I heard, no one had actually done a study showing benefits to waiting a year - some think there are benefits, but that is not based on any actually studies, so it is really an open question.

But, your baby may actually have other ideas than you. I take a child-led approach on solids and both of my girls started being really interested in food at about 5 months - watching what people ate while making chewing motions, trying to grab at it, and so on. Neither were huge eaters until after their first birthdays, but they really enjoyed trying new foods.

 I like the mind to be a dustbin of scraps of brilliant fabric, odd gems, worthless but fascinating curiosities, tinsel, quaint bits of carving, and a reasonable amount of healthy dirt.
Bluegoat is offline  
#3 of 5 Old 01-25-2010, 01:21 AM
EmilyG's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Iowa
Posts: 137
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think there is a huge range of when babies are ready. I followed a child-led approach too, and my first wanted nothing to do with solids till 10 months, my second was ready at 5 months!
EmilyG is offline  
#4 of 5 Old 01-25-2010, 01:25 AM
frontierpsych's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Where the other 4999 Bensoners are...
Posts: 6,162
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
DS was exclusively breastfed until about 13 months (by his choice, he just didn't care for solids until then). There is no rush to introduce solids just because your child has reached the recommended minimum age at which solids can be introduced. Watch your baby for signs of readiness (sitting unassisted, developed a pincer grasp, no tongue thrust reflex, is willing to chew, takes interest in food on your plate, etc).

I'm a modifiedartist.gif DH is a reading.gif we have 2 angel.gifs, and DS is a rainbow1284.gif baby.gif
frontierpsych is offline  
#5 of 5 Old 01-25-2010, 12:25 PM
amydiane's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: FL
Posts: 395
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Amy, wife to Paul 5/20/01, SAHM to Daniel 5/23/07, Claire 7/15/09, and Elaine 9/4/12

amydiane is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 11,904

20 members and 11,884 guests
AdisonBale , AllTomorrowsParties , BarefootBrooke , Bow , Clara John , customphotoprops , Dovenoir , fosteringdevon , foursea21 , glance , greenemami , happy-mama , jamesmorrow , katelove , kathymuggle , NaturallyKait , RollerCoasterMama , Saladd , Skippy918 , useherbal5
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.