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Breastfeeding question

What's the longest you can exclusively breast feed w/o introducing solids? I am a breastfeeding Mommy. I only ask becasue I introduced solids at 6 months, and the question came up between a friend and I.


Asked by MRSnMOTHER at 10:47 PM on Aug. 24, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It is actually well past a year.

    Breastmilk never stops being a complete human food, it just gets to the point where mom's body can't make enough food for the growing child, which neatly matches the point at which the child's body becomes much more able to derive nutrients from a wider selection of foods.

    The 6 month recommendation is seriously outdated, and is based on children eating incomplete, difficult-to-digest formula, not breastmilk.

    Answer by LindaClement at 11:12 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • 12 months :)

    Answer by AJsMomma at 10:57 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • 1 year. I plan on not introducing solids until month 10 or 11.

    Answer by serioussifL at 10:59 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • 1 year, but my DD is showing readiness signs (already at only 5 months! sitting up, putting things in her mouth, etc.) I gave her canteloupe to suck on while we were in a restaurant so I could eat and she was sucking on it and gumming it! lol. Hopefully we can hold off at least another month though. She is sooo interested in food. I let her suck on raw carrot sometimes also (a big carrot when I'm eating one, and I help her hold it so she doesn't gag or anything).

    Answer by Kat770 at 11:03 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • I know with me around 6 months my babies started doing that projectile puking as a result of not having solids. Has anyone else experienced this. I plan on breastfeeding every baby I have, exclusively breastfeeding as long as possible. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this.


    Answer by MRSnMOTHER at 11:06 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • Most babies show readiness between 8 and 12 months, though some will go longer. My son was curious about things and would take a nibble here and there at six months or so but he didn't start eating solid food regularly until he was about 11 months.

    Answer by eema.gray at 11:16 PM on Aug. 24, 2009