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What exactly does Exclusively Breastfeeding mean?

Does it mean you don't give your baby any other liquids other than breastmilk or do you not give solid foods? I'm a little confused on this :) I'm a breastfeeding mom and never heard the term until recently.

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Asked by alinker at 12:27 AM on Mar. 6, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I always thought it was breastmilk only until 6+ months. No formula, no juice, no water. Then solids starting at 6 months.

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 12:30 AM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • it means you share your breasts with other moms babies

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:35 AM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • It usually means ONLY breastmilk until 6 months or so - no water, juice or formula. And after solids have been introduced it generally means no formula, but maybe water or juice. That's my take on it anyway - bf'ing with no formula at all.

    Answer by canadianmom1974 at 12:55 AM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • I always thought it meant on the breast no bottles no formula but that sounds stupid now that I think about it, it would be almost impossible to do that.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 2:08 AM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • Technically it means nothing but breastmilk (no supplemental bottles of formula, water, cereal, juice, etc.) and applies to babies who have not started solids. In recent years I've heard some moms who do not give supplemental drinks after starting solids say their child is "exlusively breastfed" but what they usually mean is that they don't give their child formula or other milk.

    Answer by jessradtke at 2:17 AM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • Anonymous is a IDIOT.

    Its only breast milk.. no supplements no snacks no formula no water.. which you shoudn't give a new born water anyways

    Answer by Jan0609momma at 6:20 AM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • It means breastmilk from breasts only -- no formula, no other liquids, no solids, (it might mean no bottles, but as long as the bottle has breastmilk it is usually included in this category)

    exclusive pumping means all breastmilk in bottle, no baby on the breast

    Answer by amileegirl at 1:02 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • Exclusive Breast Feeding means ONLY feeding from the breast. Sometime in the second half of the first year, breast feeding becomes complimented with solid foods, and therefore, is no longer exclusive.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 4:05 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • truealaskanmom, it's not anywhere NEAR impossible to only breastfeed without any bottles, formula, etc. :)

    Answer by Krysta622 at 4:07 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • just mama milk :) after they start solids it is no longer EBF just BFing

    Answer by MummyOf2ooo at 5:52 PM on Mar. 7, 2010

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