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when can i start feeding baby food to my son?

can i start at 3 months or is it 4-6 months. im still kinda new to this whole mom thing!! please help someone.

anyone have a elecrtic breast pump that they don't need!! i want one!!


Asked by marcelina08 at 11:30 AM on Mar. 23, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Breast milk contains EVERYTHING baby needs the first year. Even iron. Think about it. Would mother nature make our bodies unable to provide for our young? Would it make babies require solids but not the teeth and ability to eat them? Purees and cereals weren't always around. They were made just for prfit. Babies don't need them. But if you want too be sure and put more iron in baby's diet, try with naturally iron rich foods instead of iron fortified stuff. Natural iron is more easily absorbed and put to better use. Fake iron, like that in infant cereal, will just cause constipation.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:39 PM on Mar. 23, 2009

  • Generally it is 4-6 months and you should start out with something very simple like rice cereal. When introducing new foods make sure to wait a few days between each new food to check for allergies. We didn't really start food with my daughter until close to 7 months and even then she hardly ate food at all. At this point it is really just for practice because they are still getting all of their nutrition from breastmilk/formula.

    Answer by Duckieglc at 11:35 AM on Mar. 23, 2009

  • Some babies are ready by 5 months. Most are ready by 6 and some are not ready until 7, 8 or even 9 months.

    It's best to watch baby and his/her signs of readiness as opposed to watching the date on the calendar.
    FAQ about solids and when to start.


    Answer by heatherama at 11:56 AM on Mar. 23, 2009

  • If you are looking for a breast pump them I'm assuming you are BFding :-) The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends nothing but breast milk for the first 6 months.

    Listen to the health experts and the research, not what other moms did. Virtually all health organizations say nothing but breastmilk or formula for the first 6 months.
    Unfortunately, many health care providers are not up to date in what they're telling parents, and many, many books are not up to date.

    Based on recent research, the AAP and other health 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).

    Read about the resaerch etc. yourself at

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 12:42 PM on Mar. 23, 2009

  • this is funny to me only because just look at the baby food lable. at least the ones i look at have a suggestion box on their about where your baby should be able to sit unsupported...use a spoon...stuff like that...but the average age to start on baby food is 4 to 6m

    Answer by Shannon85 at 12:46 PM on Mar. 23, 2009

  • It's 6 months MINIMUM. NOT 4-6 months. That's an old recommendation. Infant tummies aren't ready for anything but natural breast milk. It's best to wait til about 9 months if your baby has a few teeth and start with soft veggies instead of purees. Baby cereal is just artificial iron and preservatives. Solids are just for texture and experimentation the entire first year. It doesn't benefit them and starting too soon harms them. So just save the money and messes and stick to the good stuff: mama's milk. My daughter was exclusively breastfed til 11 months then slowly started healthy finger foods. Baby food is just a big marketing thing.

    Answer by jus1jess at 1:07 PM on Mar. 23, 2009

  • I suggest 6 months at the minimum. Not before. Others will tell you different.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 1:47 PM on Mar. 23, 2009

  • 6 months is the best they say now. Just remember that until a about a year, almost all the food is practice. They will still get all the nutrients they need from Breast Milk or Formula, except for iron. At about 6 months even breast milk does not contain enough iron, that is why they say to start with iron fortified cereals.

    Answer by marbear98 at 4:45 PM on Mar. 23, 2009

  • I started feeding my daughter at 5 months. She wasnt getting full off formula so I tried baby food (fruits) and she LOVED it.. she went nuts and now she eats about 3-4 jars a day.. dont start with meats though because their bellies cant digest meat until about 8 months old. If your baby doesnt eat the baby food then you'll know shes not ready. mothers always know.

    Answer by casper4991 at 8:43 PM on Mar. 23, 2009