I am mom to a 8 MO little girl. We have recently relocated to our hometown and I fear for my daughter's diet! Before we got here, she breastfed throughout the day, and was eating cereals and small amounts of fruits and veggies, 1-2 times a day. I am VERY protective of her diet, to the point that I know I probably irritate my family, but here's the problem. I was happy breastfeeding on demand, but everyone wants to help feed the baby to the point that I get shoved aside and have to fight to nurse her. One problem is that I am concerned about WHAT they put in her mouth, because they think it's cute to feed her adult food that she's not ready for and doesn't need (pancakes???) . I've battled that with lots of NO's!! The second problem is that they are trying to feed her baby food and baby crackers/finger foods all day, which I know are ok for her, but should only supplement her diet right now, not replace milk! And the most recent problem I'm having is that we had introduced my daughter to a sippy cup about a month ago, but my in-laws always seem to be giving her juice, having a juice/water mixture always ready for her and give it to her, saying she's thirsty. I feel like this is decreasing my milk supply some and going to lead to decay on her two little teeth. How much liquid does a little one need in addition to breast milk? I'm always reminding them, "let me nurse her" but they don't think it's enough for her. I might add that they are not big supporters of breastfeeding to begin with. Can I tell them to just back and off and not give her any juice, or maybe just with dinner instead of letting her sip all day?
Any advice would be helpful and appreciated. Thanks!