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DS is 6 months old now, and he is soooo ready for some solids (we haven't started yet). I'm so sad for two reasons. 1, it means he's growing up. 2. I am not ready to stop EBF. I know he's not going to, like, wean overnight or anything, but it meant a lot to me that he was growing and thriving from Mama's milk alone. And yeah, I'm a little scared that he's not going to want to nurse much.
Proud mama of Avery, born March 19, 2012, 6lbs 5 oz, 19 inches
My LO is 6 1/2 mos and he's been eating baby food for about 2 months and does not nurse any less, by any means!! I know all babies are different but solids hasn't changed his nursing schedule AT ALL!! Don't be scared! I know it means they are growing up but it's something new and exciting for him! I'm extremely nervous about the weaning process as well he's still nursing every 2 hours so he still wants mommy's milk just as much!
And I just wanted to add that I haven't started replacing a nursing session with food. If he nurses at like 11 then I'll feed him baby food at 12 (for lunch) then he'll nurse at 1, 3, 5 (not exactly to the minute but you get idea...) and then I'll give him baby food at 6 for supper.
I was more excited to start solids because its exciting to me to see her experience new things. But the only difference we had was nursing to sleep was more like five minutes rather than 30 minutes to an hour. Which was extremely nice, I honestly started to hate nursing because of the bedtime session.
Just keep in mind that breast milk is still what they rely on for food and solids are just a bonus for the first year.
you do not have to start solids. You can always feed him slushy frozen breastmilk with a spoon. When you do start, you can offer the breast first, so he is getting the breastmilk first and foremost. remember "food for fun until they are one" because breastmilk (or formula) should be their #1 source of nutrition until they are atleast one. I thought DD was ready for food at 4 months, held off until 6 months since their guts are so immature until at least 6 months, and then once we offered her food, she was not really interested much, she just wanted to play with a spoon