What do you think about exclusive extended breastfeeding?

By extended exclusive breastfeeding I mean a diet of 100% breastmilk - no formula, no cereal, no pureed foods, nothing goes in baby's belly except for breastmilk past 6 months old. My baby is 8 months old and has only ever had mommy milk. He is in the 75th percentile for weight and the 50th percentile for height. He has never been sick, he is happy, he is crawling, sitting up on his own and pulls himself up into a standing position. There is absolutely nothing wrong with him and yet when I tell people he hasn't started solids or anything yet people try to make me feel like I'm starving him.


Asked by Anonymous at 2:22 PM on Jan. 3, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • After 6mos they use up their iron stores. I started mixing breast milk with sweet potatoes at 6mos. 75th percentile, he can't be starving.

    Answer by Farrahann at 2:25 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • What do I think about it? Well, personally I wouldn't do it but if your child is healthy and gaining weight then I think it is fine. Just out of curiousity, when do you plan on introducing solids to him?

    Answer by JeremysMom at 2:27 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • My daughter didn't have food until 11 months. :) She's super healthy!

    Answer by Autumn22 at 2:34 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • There is no rush in beginning solids, but I began my son at around 8 months, and my daughter around the same time because I felt it was right for us- it is your decision.

    Answer by TXdanielly at 2:42 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • My son only had a taste of pureed veggies here and there starting at 8 months. He only began eating solids daily around 11 months.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 2:50 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • Baby's can survive solely on Breastmilk for the first 12 months of life. Not a bad thing but he may like the taste of some veggies. Do what feels right. I wouldn't exclusively BF for more than 6 months myself because they need extra nutrients at this point.

    Answer by coala at 3:05 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • I think it is wonderful and one of the best gifts that you can give your child!!! I also believe in child-led weaning. :)

    Answer by LOLOSOLI at 3:21 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • I think it is wonderful and more people need to be informed on this. My son didn't get his first taste of solids untill he was 10mo. I would have gone longer had my family (against my will) started giving him table food. He is now 18 mo and 25lbs and is super healthy.

    Answer by rina16 at 3:35 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • Well, alot of people tend to put two and two together and get 22 and think it's four. breast milk does have less iron per serving than forumla-because the iron in breastmilk is in it's most absorbable form, so the get an adequate amount, your LO needs less iron from BM and he/she would from formula. Because the vitamins and minerals in formula are not broken down as well, so their little bodies do not absorb as much from each serving.

    Answer by TempestRayne at 4:04 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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  • I had no choice because my son would have nothing to do with solids of any kind until he was around a year old. He overall development was perfect, and he was also never sick. I have read that it is safe and healthy for the first year. After a year, he did a lot better with table food. It's a struggle to get him to eat food, but I only offer healthy fruits, veggies, whole grains, organic yogurt, and organic snack. He loves waffles and bananas now. He's had one cold in his life and no one could tell but me. He's just two now and still nurses 3-4 times a day.

    Answer by DeTora_Family at 4:06 PM on Jan. 3, 2009

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