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why is it that FF babies can start solids at 4 months but BF babies have to wait until 6?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:36 AM on Apr. 21, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • They don't "have" to, but they can if the mother choses. I breastfed my son and started him on solids at 4 months with my dd i waited until six.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:37 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • Breastmilk changes it's nutrients with what the baby needs at different ages. It makes the digestive system very healthy and ready for solid foods. Bf babies can start solids at 4 months.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:39 AM on Apr. 21, 2010


    I know you are just curious, so I will refrain from any disdainful commentary that I would love to give.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:47 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • Many doctors don't think ANY baby should start solids before 6 months because their digestive system can't handle it yet. I imagine formula babies are already working digestive systems it's not as much of a difference? Just a guess.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:51 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • Anon 12:39 did you get your information out of a magazine ?

    * World Health Organization
    * UNICEF
    * US Department of Health & Human Services
    * American Academy of Pediatrics
    * American Academy of Family Physicians
    * American Dietetic Association
    * Australian National Health and Medical Research Council
    * Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
    * Health Canada
    all beg to differ! At very LEAST 6 months in a BF baby. You can wait longer if you like.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:54 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • At that end, most EXPERTS in the field recommend FF babies have solids delayed until absolute readiness to eat them (ie: can feed themselves!) as well.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:56 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • The problem hereinlies that mothers and random doctors often think they know best.

    Like moms who used to drink, smoke, and try to lose weight throughout their pregnancies .. and doctors who used to think thalidomide was fine for pregnant women.. and doctors who used to think that infants didn't feel pain and so they performed open heart surgery and other surgeries on them with no anesthetic - only paralytic agents. Docs to this day sometimes still perform circumcision with no anesthetics due to outdated philosophies... and pregnant women still submit to inaccurate glucose testing and stirrups births due to outdated information as well. Don't get enveloped in these traps.

    I think they'll find solids should be delayed FURTHER than 6 months in most cases with more research.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:01 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • Haha OP I bet you're glad you opened this can of worms LOL Generally they say wait til 6 months for either, some Moms chose to start earlier, some later. Both sides will argue their side passionately. As with almost everything it is up to the parents discretion and a whole world of family, cultural and community influences - eg if your 4 big sisters have all had babies and they all started their babies at 3 months on cereal, you will feel pressure to start that too. If one the other hand they waited til 8 months, so will you probably. What is recommended in the US is not necessarily what is recommended in other countries, as each country has their own medical boards...

    Answer by myheartx4 at 1:10 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • One more thing no one's brought up. The virgin gut has already been compromised by formula. The intestinal flora was irrevocably changes. So from that point you only need to delay because the intestinal tract isn't ready to digest more than milk.

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:39 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • Solids fed to babies before they turn 1 are for the experience of eating them, not for nutrition (a subject most doctors know little about).Nutritionists recommend starting solids at 6 months; many now recommend skipping cereal and starting with a bit of avocado mashed with breastmilk (or formula). Then baked sweet potato, oatmeal, pumpkin, pureed peas, etc. Jarred baby food tastes awful, is expensive, and you never really know what is in it. Be sure to avoid the allergy trigger foods. This is not a complete list: before age 1, no soy, dairy, wheat, citrus, egg white, strawberries; before age 2 no honey, chocolate, nuts.
    Two great books /websites on feeding babies, with differing philosophies, Baby Led Weaning and Super Baby Food You should be able to find them at your local library.

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:22 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

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