Re: Should I start solids for my big baby at 4 months?
Solids might help stretch the time between feedings, but that would be an inappropriate use of them. When you introduce solids, you are supposed to use small quantities (think a teaspoon or two, once a day), and they are supposed to "complement", not replace, breastmilk in the child's diet. So if you use enough solids that baby starts skipping feedings or stretching out the time between feedings, then you're using too much!
Basically, your doctor gave you extremely outdated advice. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that solids should be introduced starting at 6 months. This suggestion does not change based on the baby's size- big babies don't need early solids any more than small babies or average babies. It also does not change based on feeding frequency. I don't know what pediatricians find so challenging about the AAP's recommendation: "The AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant, a recommendation concurred to by the WHO78 and the Institute of Medicine." From http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...29/3/e827.full
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