SO… my little man will be 6 months old next week! Oh How time flies! After fighting him off of our plates for a few weeks now we decided it was time to introduce some baby food. He is showing all the signs of being ready. He tried it. And he LOVED it! In fact he can’t get enough of it as you can see in this video.
Honestly, I am thrilled that I will be nursing less, he will sleep better, and my husband can take over some of the feedings.
So why you ask do I feel guilty?
Because everywhere I turn I hear about how “good” breastfeeding moms hold off solids as long as they can. Some for the entire first year. I hear “Breast is Best.” Don’t introduce that inferior mush when you have the good stuff.
Once you breastfeed you instantly become part of this exclusive, super club. I have all these nursing sisters out there. Though now that I am introducing solid foods, I worry I will be demoted to junior member. I am not hard core or dedicated enough to be a full fledged member – at least not any more. My first instinct is to hide, in shame, the fact that 2-3 times a day I crack open a jar of baby food.
But then I realize how stupid that is. I know that I am not a bad mom! I am a GOOD mom. Hell, I’m a GREAT mom. I’m not poisoning my baby. I’m still nursing him 6 times a day so he gets all the good stuff. He has never had formula (not that that would be horrible either). It is all about what is best for you and your baby. And for us – that is breastfeeding with some baby food mixed in. It makes for a happier mom, happier, more involved dad and a VERY VERY happy baby.
Do any other breastfeeding mom’s feel that same bit of shame when you slip your baby some baby food?