Re: Nursing my 9mo son- how often/solids
Ridiculous advice. Absolutely ridiculous.
The advice moms get on solids and breastfeeding differs so much from pediatrician to pediatrician! If you went to my kids' doctor, she would say that until the first birthday breastfeeding on demand provides for all a child's nutritional needs, and solids are only for experimenting with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. And that after the first birthday, solids become a necessary part of a baby's diet, but may not make up the bulk of the baby's nutritional intake until well into the second year.
A lot of pediatricians assume that most moms will wean around the first birthday- if they even make it that long. So many of them tailor their advice on breastfeeding based on the supposition that you desperately want to wean and that by one year your baby is going to need to know how to survive and thrive on solids, because you'll no longer be nursing. But for a lot of breastfeeding moms, that's a bad assumption!
As far as the sleep advice your doc gave- crazy talk! Responsive nighttime parenting may be inconvenient for mom and dad, but it is good for babies.
Look, if your baby seems happy and healthy, then go with your gut, and don't let anyone undermine your success, even if they do have a M.D. after their name.
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