my 18-pound 3.5 month old son has been a beast to nurse for a couple weeks now, no matter what i do. he won't take ebm from a bottle, either. today was the worst - he was so hungry i could hear his tummy growling, and he wouldn't take a nap. i'm struggling with a cold right now and just didn't have the strength to fight with dh about this. he said, "maybe he's ready for solids?" again. i said no way, because last week when i tried to put a spoon in his mouth, he still had the tongue thrust reflex, and shows minimal interest in food. well, in my frustration/exhaustion/desparation, i mixed up the sample of milupa rice cereal that had been *shudder* so kindly included in my welcome wagon bag. well, wouldn't you know, he took to it like he's been eating his whole life, while i choked back tears. after eating at least 2 tablespoons, he told me he was done, latched on to my breast and nursed to sleep. i finally let loose with the tears.
can someone please offer me some reassurance here? was i wrong to do this, or does it sound like my baby boy was ready? does it make sense that one so big might be ready for solids a little early?
i'm off to pump now, so this doesn't disrupt my supply too badly...and cry some more over my baby growing up way too fast (as i brace myself to hear, "told you so," from everyone who's been trying to convince me that you can't exclusively breastfeed for 6 months.)