I am relatively new here although I have been looking at this site since my DS was born. He is 9 months old today!
This is mostly background info, you can skip to the question I highlighted below!
He has been mostly exclusively BF and slowly getting into some Baby Led Solids (BLS) but I have also experimented with making homemade purees and spoon feeding those, he did not like puress though. He has not eaten jarred food. He also mostly enjoyed sucking on food through the mesh bag which I was comfortable with so he could taste it but not choke. Sometime I let him nibble on an apple or cucumber, or feed him some sweet potatoes, hummus, some baby crackers and saltines with no saltine.
So far he seemed pleased with this. He sits in high chair at the table with me for breakfast and lunch times, and with us at dinner time.
Yesterday for his check up he did well. He is 28' tall and 19.07 lbs. The dr. asked me how long he sleeps at night and when I told her he eats about every 3 hours all day and night she said make sure to feed him 3 meals a day. She said that should be about a 3 oz. stage 3 jars of food. When I said I am breastfeeding she cut me off before I could say I wanted to mostly breastfed for at least 18 months and said, "Yes fed him 3 meals a day, breastfed after he eats."
She said now that he is mobile he will need the extra calories and that the solids will help him sleep at least 6 hours instead of only 3. She said it will fill him up to sustain him longer.
I tried what she said for dinner. I fed him about 2 oz of green beans. He did not sleep longer, actually he woke up sooner than usual! I realized it might have been hard to digest! I also realized that she totally derailed my thinking for a day! I allowed her "matter-of-fact" advice make me question my choices. Even like how I thought it's better to BF first then offer solids.
Today I started to think about all I have learned and read more about BLS, thanks to great links from this site.
Sorry for the long winded background info!
Here are my questions!
How long did/does your (mostly) exclusively BF baby sleep at 9 months old between meals throughout the night?
How often does your 9 month BF during the day?
My DS seems to consistently stick close to every 3 hours. Last night he ate a lot less milk because he was full on green beans! I so regretted listening to the dr.!
The dr. said he should be sleeping at least 6 hours through the night now, although she said some babies just don't want to. But I don't agree that less BF will help?!
How many hours does your 9 month sleep before needing to BF?