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How long can you EBF for? And when you do HAVE to give them food what do you give them, and how much? (Im going to make my own baby food!)<br><br>
Just wondering because DS is 4.5 months old, and people keep telling me he needs to EAT - I tell them he eats his mommy milk and is happy with that - I love BFing and dont mind when he goes through growth spurts and nurses all day long (and all night - but we coseleep so its easy!) He is 15lbs, so very healthy and I plan on keeping him EBF until he is at least 6 months, ... but is there an age where he will have to have food? (i know he will eventually...)
 

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People can and do EBF for over a year sometimes. If your baby doesn't insist on eating food, he probably doesn't need it. Different babies start to need/want solids at different ages, but I think most of them are pretty interested by nine or ten months. I made my own baby food with a food mill, but some people just wait until the child can eat finger food. I found both of my kids suddenly ate more solids once they could do that.<br><br>
Of course you know this, but no matter what age your child is, you should never force-feed a healthy child, and rarely a sick one. They'll know when and how much to eat. Your job is just to offer them nutritious options, which is exactly what you've been doing all along. Good work!<br><br>
Nealy<br>
Mama to Thales, 12/9/02, and Lydia, 2/26/06
 

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Hi, I am EBF a 6 month old, and I find it shocking how many people comment on how she should be "eating" The WHO doesn't reccomend starting solids until they are AT LEAST 6 months old. In large part because you are reducing the chance of food allergies. Our babies intestines are made for breast milk-it's their perfect food. It's so nutritious-they are fine w/ just BM for their entire first year of life.That being said, if your child shows great interest, and is at least 6 months old you can definitly let them try food in addition to breast milk. It by no means should be as a replacement for a nursing session, KWIM?? SO don't stress about it-nursing your little one is giving him the best food there is!
 

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My 6m bf butterball is 20 pounds and wants nothing to do with food. People assume he must be eating because he is so big but its just breast milk and it makes me feel proud that I am able to make my little one so healthy. We have tried so homemade baby food (only thing my older son ever ate, no jarred stuff for him) and he doesn't want it so we just keep nursing away.<br><br>
My doctor asked if he was eating solids yet, I was ready to be defensive but her reply was " I don't know any babies that are still breastfeeding when they leave for college, he'll eat when he's ready"<br><br>
Just keep doing what feels right, trust me when I tell you that your little one will TELL you when its time for solids.
 

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well Im glad Im doing it right - Im just getting sick of people's comments!<br>
I figure as long as we are both happy and healthy then I dont need to give hi food until he is ready and wants it - and then I will offer him some healthy homade food! He is going to be a vegetarian as well (plenty of comments Ive gotten on that one too!)<br><br>
S I guess I will just continue ebfing unil Levi decides to change! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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You go Mama...your baby, your rules!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup">
 

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No need to make "baby food" at all. They are ready for solids when they can eat soft chunks of regular food.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Good point! I didnt even think of that... even easier than having to 'mush' stuff!
 

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Seriously! Self feeding is WONDERFUL... I can't imagine having to make DS something special... I've been letting him play with a little of whatever for a couple months now (starting right around 6months), and its just in the past week or so that hes really started to figure it out and eat much of any quantity<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Good luck!!
 

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My DS is almost a year now and is still almost exclusively breast fed with an exception of an occasional piece of fruit. Cannot tell you how many "real food" comments I have heard, and I must say that the bigger DS gets and the longer we do it, it's easier to address or simply ignore. It has been going really well for us and I hope it will continue to go well for you too!
 

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my son didn't really eat anything, other than trying tastes of stuff until he was 9-10 months old and even then he didnt care much for solid food until he was at least 1.5 yrs old.
 

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A friend of mine EBFd her daughter till age 1, because severe food allergies run in her family. Just remember to take care of yourself and eat enough good foods.
 

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EBF is completely fine until at least a year old, IMO. My babe is 4.5 months also, and we are nowhere near even *thinking* about starting solids. It will be at least 3 or 4 more months before we introduce anything besides BM.
 

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I EBF'd ds to about 8 months. He's still primarily BF and is doing well. I know the recommendation is to EBF to 6 months. Every babe is different, just follow their lead and your instincts. Good luck!
 

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We ebf until 8 months. now at a year, she eats about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of food daily. She's always been above the 95% for height and weight.
 

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just the info i was looking for! thanks! this is my 3 babe. first one started solids around 10-11 months, second started around 7-8 months. with this one i don't want to start till around a year. mentioned it in passing to the ped at her 4 months checkup and her only comment was something along the lines of "well, if you wait longer than 6 months she will be depleting her iron and vitamin stores so she'll need food". i had never heard such a thing and i've always assumed BM was a complete food for babes until a year or so! at our 6 month checkup she recommended we start foods soon and at our 9 months checkup i will be sure to be ready for any comments. we have no history of allergies or anything in either family, i think i just want her to stick with BFing and just simply be the healthiest she can be. she "sits" at the table with us almost every night- she whines and fusses if she's in her seat on the floor next to us, she likes to be up with us so i'll just sit her on my lap while we eat. anyhow- she has no interest in food, she just likes to see all of us. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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in many cultures breastfeeding exclusively is more the norm for at least a year due to food scarcity and traditional beliefs about childrearing. i was at a local thrift store in minneapolis the other day and my friend was nursing her 2 year old to try and get her to chill out while we were shopping. a Somolian woman was working at the counter and asked us how old my friends kid was, then she said "oh she is still breastfeeding?" then she nodded in approval and said "in my culture we always breastfeed until 2 years". I assume the clerk didnt often see American moms nursing toddlers. it was a sweet exchange. its nice to remember that nursing is something that crosses all cultural lines and just is a normal part of motherhood, even though we live in a society that sometimes is less than supportive of nursing, especially toddlers nursing.
 
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