Little Bean will be 6-months-old TOMORROW! I know it’s cliché to say but I can’t believe it. I really can’t. I still think of him as the teeny, tiny baby we just brought home from the hospital. Now look at him!
We had a shaky start to nursing because he was early and so darn small! I remember thinking, “Holy Crap! My boob is bigger than his head! This will never work.” It just looked so odd. But I’m happy to say we made it to my goal, 6 months. With both my boys, my choice in the feeding department was 4 months of exclusive breastfeeding, then introduction to solids with breastfeeding still being his main source of food, and by 6 months to transition to more solids and less and less boob.
With baby #1, I weaned him by 6 months and had enough breast milk stored for him to have at least 1 bottle a day until he was about 8 months old. I was working full time out of the home back then and pumping was happening on a regular basis.
With Little Bean, I’m working at home and not pumping as much. Actually I haven’t pumped at all since the beginning of August. Right now he’s nursing 3 times a day but that’s already starting to decrease as his love (and I mean LOVE) of solids is increasing. I’m finding the best time to nurse him is first thing in the morning. I try again midday, but he’s less interested and constantly pulling off. I also try one more session either before dinner or just before bed based on his last meal.
I have no idea if this is “normal” as I’ve never nursed past this point before. I was hoping some of you would share your breastfeeding stories past the 6 month mark. Did you nurse exclusively? How did solids change your routine? How many times did you nurse a day?
In know there isn’t a “right” answer, but I though it would be fun to hear other mom experiences.
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