Re: Need advice for 13 mo solids & bfeed
I hate it when moms are pressured to stop feeding their babies the healthiest, more nutritionally balanced substance any human will ever get to eat (breastmilk) so that the baby will start to be hungry for some mashed carrots or whatever. It's so backwards-thinking! And I personally have seen no proof that it's likely to work- why would taking away the one thing your child will reliably eat make him really interested in solids? Maybe he'll just turn into one of those kids who drinks a gallon of cow's milk every day- because if you wean, you need to sub in whole animal milk for human milk, and of course cow milk is specifically tailored for baby cows, not baby humans!
It's totally untrue that breastmilk lacks vitamins and nutrients after a year. That's a total old wives' tale.
My pediatrician once told me that "until the first birthday, breastmilk or formula meets all a baby's needs and solids are just for experimenting with new tastes, textures, and motor skills, and after the first birthday the transition to a majority solids diet can be slow". Which makes sense- it's not like a baby goes to bed on day 364 of life needs only breastmilk and wakes up on day 365 needing a ton of solids!
Both my kids took a slow path to solids. I introduced solids at 5-6 months with both of them via BLW, but neither of them demonstrated much interest in solids until around 14-15 months. They are maybe a tablespoon or two of solids a day until that point. Neither of them were anything but healthy despite that!
I am with the "My Child Won't Eat" suggestion. If you're concerned about your child's normal but inconsistent eating habits, you might want to consider adding a dropperful of baby vitamins to his diet. It won't hurt him, might help him, and when people pressure you about your child's solid food intake, you can say "We're working on it, and I make up for any shortfalls by giving a vitamin supplement".
You're not "weird" for nursing a toddler. The societal norm that babies be weaned at a year- that's what is weird! Thanks for doing your part to change that!
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