I have 4 kids and I was only able to nurse my oldest for 6 weeks and then I had to stop because I had nowhere to pump where I worked. My second son I was able to nurse just past 3 months and I pumped at work for him but I wasn't producing enough for him and the pediatrician wanted us to start him on formula instead. My 2 year old daughter nursed just over a month and then I had to be hospitalized and wasn't able to pump. I fought hard after I returned home to pump and nurse and try to re-establish my breast milk but I ended up giving up after a month of no sleep and a very hungry little girl that I would just end up giving a bottle of formula to so she wasn't starving. Our newest daughter has been nursing really well from the start and I just got the ok from her pediatrician to start her on solids. She will be 5 months old on the 28th. I am so happy I have finally been able to nurse much longer than any of the other kids.
We started giving her a little rice cereal in pumped breast milk in the bottle earlier this week and last night my dh gave her sweet potatoes at supper time and then gave her the rest of the sweet potatoes with some cereal around 8pm. She nursed after that and then around midnight I gave her more cereal in her bottle of pumped breast milk and she slept from 1am to 5am when my dh got up with her. She did not like the sweet peas we tried giving her today and barely ate any of it. We will try that again another day and go back to sweet potatoes tomorrow.
So I am just going to keep nursing and pumping and hopefully I can make it to her 1 year birthday that is my goal. If we do we do if not that is ok too.