Hello everyone! I am a first time mom. I am here mostly to vent, get some support and reassurance.
My DS is 7 1/2 mo.. We are exclusively BF (my mom did not breastfeed us and my sister just the first couple of months) Their advise is not always very supportive to what I want to do and gets me great doubt about what I am doing.
My DS BF every 2, 2 1/2, 3 hrs.. and lots at night. Since we co-sleep I don't know exactly how often b/c we both barely wake up for a feeding but it seems that every time I wake up he is latch on . Anyway, all my friends are feeding their babies solids three times a day! My DS wants nothing to do with food and I don't want to force him. I try to give him solids only once (dinner time) since he does not seem interested in them. He will mostly play with the food (I puree like carrots, sweet potato or mashed like bananas & avocado) Lately he has even started to gag when I offer food. Should I be worry he does not like food? or that I am giving him a negative attitude towards food? I know that for the 1st year BF is where they get the nutrition but, my mom tells me that he needs to practice swallowing and chewing and that he needs the xtra calories. On top of it he is a small boy and does not gain much weight like my other friend's kids so I sometimes wonder. Also, I did not start with cereal and actually DS has never had cereal, but I know grains will be important in his diet. When should I introduce grains and which kind?
I know in my heart that BF and bed sharing is the right way to raise my DS but there is so much pressure from family and friends that I am doing the wrong thing. We co-sleep which I LOVE and my husband too but DS is getting so mobile that I am petrified that he will fall of the bed. His crib is right next to our bed and I would like to wean him from our bed to his crib next to us. I have tried and he will not have it. Any tips? on how to do the transition without let him cry it out.
MY DH is SO VERY supportive and I am so thankful for that.
So sorry for the LONG message. I just need to vent and reassurance about my choices. Any advice is appreciate it. Thanks!