We moved from the Dallas area to a small community in Deep East Texas six months before I became pregnant. Our daughter is now 15 weeks old and is thriving. She was a "healthy" 9 lbs. 12 1/2 ounces at birth. (We had no idea she was so big.) My daughter is now almost 18 pounds.....and is growing daily. She is happy and healthy and quite alert. Maybe someone here can give me some experienced advice.
I chose to exclusively breastfeed her since before we were pregnant. I'm standing my ground (thankfully my family is supportive of this 110%) and breastfeeding, but I'm so tired of the ignorance of women here who keep giving advice that I need to formula feed. I was told that my daughter sucks on her hands and other objects because she is "not satisfied" by my milk! I've never heard such ridiculous comments, and that is only one of them.
She has been holding her head up steadily for about five weeks now and has been pulling herself up into a sitting position for about 2 weeks now. She seems to be ahead of other children her age that I see here. (My husband and I credit it to the "good" milk.) When should rice cereal be introduced? She is also biting on everything. Should she be given teething biscuits yet? Also, she seems to just have a couple of good feedings daily with several "snacks". She sleeps from about 8PM to 1AM, if I'm lucky, and then wakes about every two hours for good feedings. It seems like she eats more at night than during the day. Is that just her preferred method of eating or is there something I can do to try to ease her into more sleep at night?