Starting solids too early?

Kenji boy first tooth sprouted when he was almost 4 month old my family received a lot of advises from friends and family that we can start give him some solids like porridge and purees. I insisted not to as he is a fully breastfed baby, and he seems to still enjoy the bonding with his mummy. As mummy also feel that he is not ready yet, we decided not to start him on solid until he is just over 6 months old. It seems that we made the right choice. Here is an extract from the article I read earlier this week that shows why we shouldn’t start solids on baby too early.

“Pediatricians recommend that parents start their little ones on solids between four to six months of age, but preferably closer to six months. That’s because infants under four months aren’t developmentally ready for real food, plus early introduction of solid food has been linked to a greater risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, eczema, and celiac disease. But not all parents listen to that solid advice and researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wanted to know why. So they looked at the feeding practices of around 1,300 new moms taking part in the national Infant Feeding Practices Study — and the data was surprising.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that more than 40 percent of mothers reported feeding their babies solids before four months, despite American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations that solid food not be introduced until closer to six months. Interestingly, moms who formula-fed their little ones were more likely to start giving solids early (52 percent) compared to moms who breastfed (24 percent).”

So, daddy and mummy, trust your instincts. You know your child the best! How early you start solids for your baby?

Article source: http://www.whattoexpect.com/wom/baby/0325/many-moms-start-their-babies-on-solids-too-early.aspx

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9 thoughts on “Starting solids too early?

  1. Please, do not hurry into feeding solid to your baby. Take it slow, no problem to do it later than 6 months old. I don’t think the baby will enjoy solid as early as before 6 months old.

  2. My daughter had a problem with solids…or eating for that matter…until really big. One hour to swallow one spoonful of porridge – doctor said as long as active, ok…no worries. She had no problem with milk though.

  3. My nephew started eating solids really early too – not solid solids, but mashed up food. All sorts, as he doesn’t have the multiple allergies (nuts, gluten, dairy) that my niece has.

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