Re: When to start
It's up to you. The advice on starting solids is very mixed: some studies show fewer allergies in babies who start solids after 6 months, some show fewer allergies in those who start before. Some doctors advise starting solids before 6 months, most advise starting at 6 months, and some (like mine) say that babies can have solids after 6 months but don't need them until they are over a year old.
When people suggest starting cereals before 6 months, they are often do so because:
- They assume that breastfeeding is tiring/boring/an unpleasant chore, and that a mom will welcome the chance to cut down on her nursing sessions.
- They mistakenly believe that breastmilk is "not enough" after a certain point in time (usually a few weeks or months, when in fact it should be a baby's primary source of nutrition throughout the first year).
- They think that your goal is to wean as soon as possible, and replace nursing sessions with solid food meals as fast as possible.
- They mistakenly believe that cramming a baby full of solids will help him sleep through the night.
Whenever you do decide to start solids, you should be aware that there is no reason to start with cereal. It is fortified with iron and vitamins, but other that that it's just starch. Many moms start with veggies and fruits.
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