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    Default 7 week doctor visit

    LO and I went in for his 6 week doctor visit (technically it was 7 weeks). He weighed 14 pounds, 11 ounces, which is up from his birthweight of 10 pounds, 7 ounces. We are exclusively breastfeeding.

    During the exam, the doctor mentioned that when LO is 5 months old, I will need to start him on the First Stages baby food (I guess that is the stuff Gerber makes). I looked at him and thanked him for the advice, but explained that I plan to continue b-feeding beyond the first year. He said I could do that, but given the weight of my LO, he would likely need more than just breastmilk.

    That was puzzling to me. With my second LO, I skipped the cereal and the baby food and went straight to finger foods. Because it has been eight years since he was a baby, my memory isn't very good, but I think I may have waited until he was a year old to introduce solids. He went the entire first year with only breastmilk and he was perfectly satisfied.

    I was under the impression that breastmilk was all babies needed the first year. Feedback, anyone?

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    You are right and your doctor is wrong. According to my excellent pediatrician, breastmilk alone provides adequate nutrition up until the age of 1 year. Until that point, solids are just for experimentation with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. Breastmilk may make up the majority of your child's diet until well into his second year, as the transition from requiring only mama's milk to requiring lots of solid food is a gradual one.

    That "your child is big so your milk won't be enough" stuff is a load of hooey. If one mom can provide enough milk for twins or even triplets, why would you not make enough for just one baby, regardless of his size? Your milk supply ramps up to match your baby's needs- if he needs more, you're going to make it.

    Any chance your pediatrician is getting kickbacks from Gerber?

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    Default Re: 7 week doctor visit

    Quote Originally Posted by Momma1 View Post
    You are right and your doctor is wrong. According to my excellent pediatrician, breastmilk alone provides adequate nutrition up until the age of 1 year. Until that point, solids are just for experimentation with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. Breastmilk may make up the majority of your child's diet until well into his second year, as the transition from requiring only mama's milk to requiring lots of solid food is a gradual one.

    That "your child is big so your milk won't be enough" stuff is a load of hooey. If one mom can provide enough milk for twins or even triplets, why would you not make enough for just one baby, regardless of his size? Your milk supply ramps up to match your baby's needs- if he needs more, you're going to make it.

    Any chance your pediatrician is getting kickbacks from Gerber?

    This is what I say to your doctor..

    Kimberly Mommy to Landin and Avery

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    I agree. You've got the right idea and for the record a 14 lb 6 wk old is doing very well on BM alone and it's all he'll need
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    Default Re: 7 week doctor visit

    Unfortunately some doctors need to go take some nutrition classes and know very little about breastmilk or nutrition in general. Regardless of his weight and as long as he is not losing breastmilk is all your baby needs. Solids in the first year are more for learning and less about nutrition. I exclusively breastfed 2 of my children until they were near or over a year old. They were not at all interested in solids before then

    Quote Originally Posted by safetymike View Post
    LO and I went in for his 6 week doctor visit (technically it was 7 weeks). He weighed 14 pounds, 11 ounces, which is up from his birthweight of 10 pounds, 7 ounces. We are exclusively breastfeeding.

    During the exam, the doctor mentioned that when LO is 5 months old, I will need to start him on the First Stages baby food (I guess that is the stuff Gerber makes). I looked at him and thanked him for the advice, but explained that I plan to continue b-feeding beyond the first year. He said I could do that, but given the weight of my LO, he would likely need more than just breastmilk.

    That was puzzling to me. With my second LO, I skipped the cereal and the baby food and went straight to finger foods. Because it has been eight years since he was a baby, my memory isn't very good, but I think I may have waited until he was a year old to introduce solids. He went the entire first year with only breastmilk and he was perfectly satisfied.

    I was under the impression that breastmilk was all babies needed the first year. Feedback, anyone?

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