This is not exactly a breastfeeding question but im after some advice on when i NEED to start ds on solids? There is so much conflicting advice out there and everyone has a different opinion on it. I would like to hear some advice from a breasfeeding mother's perspective.
DD was formula fed and started solids at 4mths old. Looking back i feel that was to early and i believe she wasnt really ready, but i hated her on formula! She also suffers food allergies and eczema.
DS is almost 5mths old, exclusively breastfed since birth, sleeping thru the night but has recently gone back to feeding 2 hourly during the day and cat napping. He's a good weight, gaining 250-300grams a week. 2-3 bm's a day.
I love breastfeeding him and visioned doing it exclusively for 6mths.
Im hearing other babies are on 3 meals a day of solids at ds' age?!
Is ds missing out? i dont know.
Am i doing the wrong thing by wanting to only breastfeed him for the first 6mths of his life? Apparently iron sotres in BM are not adequate enough when they reach 6mths so u introduce rice cereal for the fortified iron? I dont even know how true that is, id be quite happy to feed him breastmilk longer if that's not the case.
I havent even really thought about solids untill now. The grow up so quickly and im totally enjoying breastfeeding him. Solids just sounds like extra work.
When should i do the solids? How do i know he's ready?