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Does weight matter when it comes to how long a baby can be EBF for?? DS is at least 18 lbs now and he's 4 1/2 months....during the day he's nursing every 1-1 1/2 hours. Sometimes he wants to nurse 1/2 hour after he has just ate. Night time he goes 4-5 hours without a feed...but it's really draining. So my question, does it matter how big a baby is when determining how long a baby can be exclusively breastfed.
 

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Hmmmm... I'm wondering too. My DS is just about 4 months and also EBF. At our last visit with the pediatrician I asked when to start cereal, he recommeded not until at least 6 months. His reasoning was that with the breastmilk a baby is getting the most complete nutrition--for formula fed babies on the other hand he says they like to start them on cereal at 4 months. But I don't know if it changes anything that your DS seems more hungry lately. My DS eats about every 2.5 hours during the day and just started going ~6 hours at night, so we're happy<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Maybe call your pediatrician, or maybe it's just a growth spurt and he'll be back to a more regular feeeding schedule in no time.
 

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He's been doing this for about....3 weeks now. And I cant call ped...where we live (not sure if it's all of canada) kids don't see a pediatrician unless they have something wrong with them...we just see a GP...and you can't call, you have to make an appointment and go in.
 

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IMO, no. My dd was exclusivly given breastmilk until she was over 12 months. She weighed in at 16lbs at 3 months, 20lbs at 6 months and 25lbs at 12 months. She just started taking in more solids (but still mostly nurses) and is still 25lbs at 15 months (but she grew 3 inches in those three months.)<br><br>
My dd still nurses every 2 hours or less. At night, she'll go 4 hours, sometimes. I nurse on demand (which is recommended) and while it's exhausting sometimes, it's worth it!
 

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I don't think so. My dd was always off the charts.
 

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i am no expert, but i think it's between you and your baby! pediatricians know next to nothing about nursing or babies other than pathology, unless they are parents themselves.<br>
i don't think weight matters.i think what matters more is intuition, and how much your baby seems interested in what is on your plate, and sharing it. how much s/he is growing on just your milk, and whether or not it seems like s/he needs more than you can provide.<br>
i started my ds on other food around...oh....7mo? i had this thing against starting him with cereal (empty carbs, imo, and we've had blood sugar issues, the dad and i and the stepkids) so his first food was green beans. other first foods were avocado, tofu, banana, if i remember correctly. spinach. stuff like that. made for interesting diapers, compared to EBF milk!<br><br>
good luck, whatever you decide.<br><br>
pamela
 
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