my LO is 5 months old (today!). She shows all the signs of being ready to eat solids (holds head, sits well supported, very interested in food, she's starting to crawl and related or not, wakes up 4-6x per night to eat <<saying that, the feedings aren't long and sometimes I think she latches and sucks just to go back to sleep>>). I would start now BUT, I was reading some literature from the Hospital for Sick Children (in Toronto -- plus I've read in other sources too) that starting too early may negate or reduce the protective effects from BF'ing (and I EBF now). I do NOT want to erase these months of hard work!!! I do know that every major health organizaiton (WHO, american and canadian pediatric associations all recommend to start at 6 months).
On the other hand, she's reached all the signs she's ready and I do think she'd enjoy it. Plus some people say that that's the best time to start and you can't follow the book or "the rules" and to let your LO be your guide. If she's my guide, I'm thinking she's ready BUT again, I don't want to negate any positive effects of our BF'ing!!!!
Any help ladies?? Any current research articles/resources that can help guide my decision. I know it's "just" a month away but it does seem like a long time, especially with LO watching us like a hawk eating and reaching out for food!!