BLS fail? Or am I just defensive?
So my ds is a chunk. At 8 mos he was still ebf because I was intent on BLS and he could never get the food to his mouth, and would spit it out if it did. He would suck on apples until he had diarrhea and gum bananas, but nothing else. Oh, & he would freak out about water, which he wanted to drink from my cup since 6 mos. But at 26.5 lbs, he was eating me out of my own skin. I would eat a huge meal and be hungry again before i was finished with the dishes. He has always been a frequent nurser, but at 8 mos it was every hour. That's a lot of nursing sessions, esp with a highly distracted baby! So i did the thing I never thought I would do: I bought baby cereal! And he loved it! Within a week he was eating all kinds of smashed up foods. It could not have happened too soon at that point: Im now convinced the boy was as starving as I was. He still gets baby cereal several days a week with yogurt and fruit, and I think it's a godsend. Thankfully nursing is finally manageable again at every two hours (for the first time I actually get some three hour blocks now, which is like a week's vacation)
I wanted to share this story bc I think it's easy to let ideals get in the way. there's so much talk about BLS, but I think it's important to stay tuned in to what your child needs over any ideal. Plus everyone talks smack about baby cereal, and I feel a little defensive for it!
Mother to a sweet boy, born at 34 weeks on 2/11/11.
Proud that I grew 26 lbs of baby before solids, and still counting...
We received banked milk in the NICU. Thank you, donors!!!