My LO had her 4mo appt today and the pedi started talking to me about introducing solids. I have no intention of starting them this early, even if by chance she was ready! Actually given my DH's history with food allergies we would like to hold off until she is at least 6 months if not closer to 8 months. The pedi told me that she would not be getting what she needs if I continue to EBF her that late. She said the longest I could wait was 6 months. Would I really be putting her at risk if I EBF her until she was 8 months. My mom didn't feed us solids until we were a year! We turned out just fine. My LO is in the 90% across the board and I don't see how that can suddenly change in the next few months if she has been gaining this great on my milk this far.
The pedi always makes me feel terrible.Actually they make me feel stupid. I wish they knew more about LLL and this group of mom's who don't do things by the book. Why don't they teach cosleeping, attached parrenting, self led feeding and self led weaning, not to mention breastfeeding in med school! What am I suppose to do when they want to know what foods she is eating, how much, and when at her 6 mo appt and her 8 mo appt. They ask so many questions...sleeping when, where, on her back...I don't darn tell them that we cosleep! Breastfeeding...she IS getting polyvisol correct...ummm no, how much...don't have any clue, how often...oh thats too often...she should be going longer stretches, night feeding...she needs to be sleeping more and more through the night (today she even told me I will need to give her some tough love to put an end to the night time feedings soon). God if they even knew...my DH says they would throw me in mom jail.
Back to the solids...would it still be ok to give my LO other first foods rather than rice, barley, and oatmeal cereals given my DH's allergies (he doesn't have many now...but had quite a few growing up). Also, are there any good books on Self Led Feeding? Finally, when did you notice that your LO's were ready to start solids?
Thanks for any input...and thanks for listening.