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    British question six-month breastfeeding

    I personally began giving DD solids just before 4 months b/c I felt that she was exhibiting signs of readiness (reaching for my food when I was eating, making sounds like "mmm", etc). I have also started DS with some oatmeal which he seems to be doing well with.

    I think it is a choice to be made by the family and may change with each individual child. I do not use solids as a main source of nutrition until much later though. For instance, I will BF DS and then wait an hour or so and offer him just a little cereal.

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    Delaying solids til 6 months isn't about the actual solids to me. It's about keeping a pristine gut in my breastfed babies. One small British study isn't going to refute what most other health organizations studies have come to find. That waiting til 6 months at minimum is best for babies. It protects from illness, allows for maturation of the digestive system, decreases risk of food allergies, decreases future obesity, maintains mothers milk supply, etc. All listed on kellymom.

    The following organizations recommend that all babies be exclusively breastfed (no cereal, juice or any other foods) for the first 6 months of life (not the first 4-6 months):

    World Health Organization
    UNICEF
    US Department of Health & Human Services
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    American Academy of Family Physicians
    American Dietetic Association
    Australian National Health and Medical Research Council
    Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
    Health Canada
    When all of these organizations agree and change their very sound reasons why is when I'll believe it. For now, a baby who can't grasp food on his/her own isn't ready.

    I fully support a parents right to choose, since I like my choices supported, but I don't believe it does any babies any favours (breastfed babies specifically). There are many was to get a baby to eat greens without starting them at 3-5 months.
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    I believe 6 months is the minimum here. With DS I started introducing cereals slowly a little after 5 months. Actual food (veggies first best advice ever) I started at 6 months. When I had my DS 3 years ago, I was warned by my doc about allergies if I introduced foods too early and DS was thriving on BM so there was no issue there.
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    What it comes down to for me is a baby younger than 6 months isn't going to be able to feed itself. When I think of the way nature is designed, mammals in the animal kingdom aren't force fed anything. They eat what they can eat when they are ready to feed it to themselves. New foods are introduced at appropriate times, biologically speaking.

    And for me, I'm not gonna mess with a good thing when starting solids only increases my workload, to top it all off.

    I question those studies in another light since it doesn't actually say how long the babies were breastfed for in total. I'd like to know when they were fully weaned and how that had an effect on their 'concerns' (iron levels, allergic reactions and celiac disease).
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    I agree completely with Jordan.

    I believe that it is better for both my babies and myself to wait. As an inherently lazy creature, I much prefer exclusively breast feeding to the mess and hassle of solids. I can't really imagine any benefit to either baby or our family to starting before 6 months. My kids have thrived on just breast milk, and once we start solids at 6 months they have all been great eaters, so I don't have any reason to really consider doing things differently.

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    My DD was EBF until nearly 6 months- i think we were a week shy when i started playing with the spoon because she kept sticking her hands in my lucky charms...... (i fed her sweet potatoes and took a good look at my personal diet after that....)

    and she likes spinach and lettuce way more than i do. so i think that window to introduce is pretty relative. especially considering i never fed her those as baby food, and she didnt even taste them until at least a year old....

    explain that.

    If i had wanted to feed DD solids before i did, it would have been VERY difficult, she could not sit up in her high chair enough... she'd melt sideways like warm taffy..... and i do not believe that those reclining seats are a good idea. Based on ALL DD's developmental cues, i feel that waiting was right for us.
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    With just a bit more delving:

    ‎"Three of the four authors of this study, Mary Fewtrell, Alan Lucas and David Wilson, receive funding from the baby food industry. Prof Lucas in particular plays a key role in advising the UK baby food industry, and has opposed the WHO r...ecommendation for many years. In 2003 he went so far as to appear for the defence when one of the largest baby food companies, SMA Wyeth was successfully prosecuted for illegal advertising by Trading Standards."
    - http://www.lisanorthover.com/2011/01...ing-study.html

    "When considering this analysis it should be noted that three of the four authors have declared an association with the baby feeding industry. Less breastfeeding and earlier introduction of solid food will lead to greater profit for this industry."
    - Unicef UK response (http://www.babyfriendly.org.uk/pdfs/...cle_140111.pdf)
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    I'm also a fan of waiting, all of my girlfriends who started their kids on solids very early (one as early as two months) have children with dietary restrictions, GI issues, and allergies. I started mine quite late at 8 months and with a nutritionist worked out easily digestible veg/fruit before the harder cereals. No allergies or issues here! Am I saying that's why? No there is no way for me to say that, but with my kids I seemed to luck out! (Both my mother, sister, myself and hubby have food and other allergies)

    I can't tell you how many times I talk to mommies that start cereals soooo early because they think it will keep baby sleeping through the night. More often than not, the kids end up with cramps, gassy and sleeping less because they can't handle the food!
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    We waited for 6 months with DS and will wait at least that long with this one, if not longer. We just don't quite fall into the "they seem interested in my food" thing b/c ANYTHING I'm playing with at around 4-6 months of age, the baby would be interested in. In my opinion, the baby doesn't realize that it's food that may taste good to them, they are just mimicking the parents. If a baby sees a parent constantly putting cigarettes in their mouth at 4 months old, they would most likely be interested in that as well and grab for it or make noises, etc.

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