How long to exclusively breastfeed?

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Registered: 06-30-2011
How long to exclusively breastfeed?
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Thu, 07-07-2011 - 3:49pm

I was wondering how long to exclusively breastfeed versus switching to some formula, a little of both, or all formula.

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Thu, 07-07-2011 - 7:55pm

I think that every day that a child is exclusively breastfed is a good thing.

I think shooting for six months of exclusive breastfeeding and then adding solids makes good sense.

I don't think there is an upper age limit for exclusive breastfeeding, the baby will eat solids when ready - 9 months, 12 months, more than that are all fine.

I disagree with pediatritions in that if a baby has been breastfed and is eating solids well, there is no need to add formula if the baby is 10 or so months old. Round to the year, I say!

I don't think that babies ever need or benefit from formula (if they are breastfeeding OK that is), but I think it is a good idea to wait to introduce formula until 3-4 months when the baby gut begins to seal and the kidneys and liver are functioning well. 0.02

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-30-2006
Thu, 07-07-2011 - 9:01pm

The question was "How long should I exclusively breastfeed my baby?". The implication here is not moving the baby onto formula, but transitioning to solids.

The only mention of formula was by one pediatrician, who stated "If you do stop breast milk before one year, be sure to use an approved infant formula as replacement.".

There was no recommendation to quit breastfeeding.

There was no recommendation to "supplement" breast milk with formula.

The six month mark was used for introducing solid food, not formula.

There is no reason to add formula to your baby's diet, unless you're going to stop/slow down breastfeeding and, even then, only up to a year old.

Keep in mind that solids are introduced to the infant around 6 months, but they do not replace breast milk.

--Wendy
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Registered: 04-13-2008
Thu, 07-07-2011 - 11:50pm

Under normal circumstances ie with breastfeeding going well, there is no need for a mother to consider replacing breastmilk with some or all formula.

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 07-08-2011 - 10:29am
ZGits wrote:

I was wondering how long to exclusively breastfeed versus switching to some formula, a little of both, or all formula.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Tue, 07-12-2011 - 2:52pm

Toddler formula is a marketing scam designed to "win back" the women who will breastfeed, but only up to a year, and worry about their toddler getting good nutrition. After about 12 months,

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Wed, 07-13-2011 - 12:33pm
<<"toddler formula" is to circumvent the WHO Code which only applies to infants. Idon't think "scam" asufficiently describes the level of malicious deceit.>>

Actually, I believe it was follow up formula that was invented to be able to get around the WHO code. Follow-up formula is targeted at babies 6-12 months old since 6 months is the cut-off point at which the WHO code restriction no longer apply. So whereas in the U.S., most FF'rs just use the regular infant formula, in countries where the WHO code is in place, they push the follow-up formula for older babies. Now maybe they also introduced toddler formula in some countries too for that purpose too but in the U.S. they have never had a need to do sthat since we have never implemented the WHO code as law so they are under no obligation to follow it here. It seems to me that at least in the U.S,, toddler formula is marketed towards parents worried about the toddlers diet.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Wed, 07-13-2011 - 10:16pm

Really? You don't think marketing toddler formula is a way to skirt around the WHO Code because the US doesn't buy into

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Thu, 07-14-2011 - 3:38am
While I agree that toddler formula is in general unnecessary and a marketing ploy by formula companies to keep parents buying their products beyond a year, I was just saying that the unethical reasoning behind it was likely not the to skirt the WHO code but other questionable motivations. I guess I wasn't clear before that I agree that toddler is not a good product.

I see a difference between follow-on formula vs toddler formula, the former being essentially infant formula slightly modified and re-branded as only for babies 6 months and up as a way to get around the WHO code restrictions of advertising for babies under 6 months old. For those that are formula feeding by necessity, there is a legitimate market formula for older babies. The issue is really just one of marketing of the formula not it's very existence. On the other hand, toddler formula is simply a way to dupe mothers into buying formula beyond a year under the false concern their toddler might not get enough nutrients and such on solids foods and cows milk alone and thus it's portrayed as nutritional insurance. Anyways, I was only trying to point out a key distinction not defend toddler formula.

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Registered: 01-13-2011
Thu, 09-01-2011 - 3:30pm
For me I BF my DD (who is now 13) for only 2 weeks, i hated it !! PLus I was young (20) and was thinking more of me than her.

THen when ds came along (he is 6 now) I BF exclusivly for 26 months. He obviously had solids when age appropriate ect. But there is a big difference in those 2. I have a much closer bind with DS than DD. I Love them both but DS seems to be closer to me than his big sis......... if that makes any sense

And now we have ds #2 who is only 8 weeks and he is BF exclusivly. And I plan on doing the same for him as i did for his older brother.

And to top things off ds #1 slept in our room for the longest time and so is ds #2..............he sleeps right next to my side of the bed :)
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Registered: 10-01-2010
Thu, 09-01-2011 - 3:45pm

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