I'm a relactating mother so DS is currently formula fed.
My family has been on me about solids since DS was 3 months old. He was on cereal for reflux (started cereal when he was 3 weeks old) but we recently weaned him off of it and he's been sooo much happier!
DS is now 4 months old and I would LOVE to wait until he's 6 or 7 months old before introducing any foods. Heck, I'd love for him to be even older, as long as he's still growing well.
My favorite comment is 'well, he's eating too much formula'. That one comes from my mom and wait a minute, solids don't REPLACE feedings until a baby is much older, right? And is 5-6 oz every 3-4 hours really too much? Not according to the ped. And he sleeps through the night, every night. Or how about 'you're starving that child just because you want to be right'... what the heck???
Now, this is the mother who talked me out of nursing when DS was born. He had jaundice and didn't want to nurse and she was in my ear telling me that I was starving him and that his jaundice wouldn't get any better until I fed him some 'real food'. I regret that decision (hence the relactation) now and am determined not to listen to anyone ever again when it comes to my child (Except the ped, of course). But now, I can't let anyone else watch him! My mom has, on 2 occasions, gave him 'tastes' of foods. And both times, I was with him... Actually the one time I had him on by body in a wrap! She's given him tastes of chocolate icing (at 3 months) and ice cream (at 4 months). We believe he had a reaction to the ice cream... Or it backed him up big time... He threw up for a whole day and wouldn't even keep water down.
Anywoo... I just really needed to ask that mondo question... Why does everyone push the solids? What is wrong with extended and exclusive breastfeeding or bottle feeding? If a baby is thriving and happy, what is the issue? I feel like I'm the only one with the 'don't rock the boat' mindset. I mean, if it's not broke, why try to fix it?
Okay, sorry... I just had to get that off my chest... Everytime I talk to my mom or grandma the first thing they ask is 'are you feeding that baby real food yet?'
Okay, I'm done... Thanks for the vent!
Oh, I might want to mention that my ped says that the 4-6 month thing is only a guidline and since my DS is thriving (he was 5lbs 11oz at birth and is 15lbs now at 4 months) well, there is no need to start any solids until he either needs them or is ready for them.