Jacob nurses on demand (meaning that if he indicates a desire to nurse, I allow him to; he nurses until he's satiated). We still do this, even though he's 2yrs (tomorrow!), although now I feel okay offering him a drink of water instead of nursing (sometimes he's just thirsty) or offering food. But he still loves his "nurnur."
Originally Posted by NickyA
Breasts are the original pacifier for babies. In fact, Jacob gave up pacifiers months and months ago. He'll slap them away and demand nursing if he needs comfort. Smart kid! Breastfeeding helps the mouth develop, where pacifiers do not.
Avocados are my big thing. I LOOOOVE avocados in smoothies, or just eaten straight out of the shell with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt. They seem to help me feel more full and the fats in them can't hurt the breastmilk, right? Just make sure you're drinking plenty of water. If you feel thirsty, drink!
I don't have specific menus; like I said, looots of avo. I try to eat what sounds good when it sounds good.
Jacob started experimentally chewing on raw cucumber wedges at 5.5mon, ate his first bite of banana at 6mon, and started EATING food with serious gusto about four months ago (so not until he was almost 2yr). Breastmilk really IS about all they need, calorically speaking, for the first two years. Consider any food outside of breastmilk as a supplement to their breastmilk diet. :)
Someone already recommended KellyMom.com to you, so I'll add my own recommendation of Kathy Dettwyler's work: http://www.kathydettwyler.org/dettwyler.html
As long as your baby is growing and has energy, you are doing fine. If you're TRULY worried your baby isn't drinking enough breastmilk, please visit Dr. Jack Newman's web site; his videos were SO helpful to me in the early months of breastfeeding: http://www.drjacknewman.com/video-clips.asp
Good luck, mama. I have faith in you. :heart: