CDC Survey Says Babies Start Solids Too Soon

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CDC Survey Says Babies Start Solids Too Soon
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Tue, 03-26-2013 - 1:32pm

I've seen this story around a few different news outlets over the last day or so about babies being fed solids too soon:  http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/25/17444623-a-worrisome-risk-most-babies-are-fed-solid-food-too-soon-study-finds?lite

"What’s more, moms who fed their babies formula were far more likely to start solids too early versus those who exclusively breast-fed (53 percent versus 24 percent), the study showed."

When did you start your babies on solid food?

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 03-29-2013 - 9:33am

Welcome to all the new posters! And thanks for posting this great topic!

With my first, born in 1974, it was standard to start solids early. Even with that, I was over-anxious and started too early - I breastfed & used formula and sugar water for 3 weeks, then went to only formula and watered down juice.

I started pablum at 1 month old and by 3 months old he was eating 3 full meals a day - that was:

a bowl of pablum and 1 jar of fruit at breakfast,

a jar of meat and a jar of vegetables for lunch,

a jar of jr dinner and a jar of fruit for dinner.

Plus baby cookies.

Plus eight  8oz bottles of formula/day

Plus watered down juice

And he was crying all the time, so I thought he was starving... By the time he was 6 months old, he was so allergic, he could not tolerate any food or formula, and basically lived on sugar water for 3 months. My doctor said he must have lived on love alone!

With my second son, I learned more. He was born in 1977, and I breastfed him exclusively till he was 9.5 months old. Once he started solids, breastmilk continued to be a big part of his diet. His first food was a piece of steak that he knawed to death! He loved liver cooked in bacon. He loved raw onions and lemons. He flatly refused to eat jarred baby food, so I cooked all his food myself.

Wih my third son, born in 1988, I had learned so much more. He had severe multiple allergies, and we tried solids at 5 months, 9 months and a year - with horrible reactions, the doctor said to wait as long as we could. So he was exclusively breastfed for 18 months. He was healthy, maintain his weight well and thriving. Once he started solid food, he became failure to thrive, and we constantly battled his weight. Breastmilk remained his almost sole nutrition, due to severe allergic reactions, for several years.

After this experience, if I had ever had another child, I would have waited at least a year before introducing solids. I don't think they really need it before that. If I had another severally allergic child, I would aim for two years before introducing solids.

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Registered: 12-16-2004
Thu, 03-28-2013 - 5:11pm

We followed the ideas here, taste testing at earliest  4 or when curious, which means a drop here and there from our own food unless it is very salty. Then at 6 months she started on purrees and  we gone slowely  while breasting when it comes to food. She still nurse but eat 3 meals a day and then 2 snack / nursings.

And about the 6 weeks old eating peas and carrots, no wonder he is crying and is hungry all the time, he has a tummy ache and needs milk/ formula   every 2 -3 hours.

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Registered: 11-09-2011
Wed, 03-27-2013 - 2:19pm

ladyingrn wrote:

I've seen this story around a few different news outlets over the last day or so about babies being fed solids too soon: http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/25/17444623-a-worrisome-risk-most-babies-are-fed-solid-food-too-soon-study-finds?lite

"What’s more, moms who fed their babies formula were far more likely to start solids too early versus those who exclusively breast-fed (53 percent versus 24 percent), the study showed."

When did you start your babies on solid food?

Hmmm... my daughter was formula fed (and I really hate the implication that formula feeding moms are dumb — I know plenty of breastmilk feeders who feed their little ones cereal in a bottle because they are tired of getting up with them...so yeah) and we started solids at 4 months. That was cereal. In a bowl. After a month of that we moved on to ONE fruit a week. Then we moved onto veggies. Same deal. All per my pediatrician who checked at each monthly visit how we were doing, any issues, any allergies, etc. 

I think the real issue here is that people are taking it upon themselves and what people are saying on the internet "Oh it won't hurt!" or "This worked for us!" 

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Registered: 01-17-2013
Wed, 03-27-2013 - 1:41pm

zcat3421 wrote:
<p>This topic has caught my eye because one of my friends just had a baby and she is feeding him baby food already. He is only 6 weeks old. I don't know anything about babies but that seems too early to me.</p>

Six weeks? Wow!  That seems way too early to me too.  Did she tell you why she started him with food already?

I always waited until 6 months.  My biggest concern, especially with my youngest, was food related allergies. I had heard it was best to wait a bit until they were older to minimize exposure at such a young age.

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Registered: 01-23-2013
Wed, 03-27-2013 - 1:41pm

Carrots and peas. I wasn't sure if I needed to say something or not. I don't have children yet so I don't really know about that kind of thing. She said he cries all the time and needs more food. Would you say something to her if you were me?

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Registered: 02-10-2012
Wed, 03-27-2013 - 1:35pm
Now that's just too early at 6 weeks. What type of food was she giving him?
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Registered: 02-10-2012
Wed, 03-27-2013 - 1:34pm

I don't see any harm in starting solids around 4 - 5 months.   I had to search for a story I remember reading recently that it's actually recommended to prevent the chance of food allergies.    http://todayhealth.today.com/_news/2013/03/06/17212149-peanuts-eggs-and-milk-ok-for-young-babies-report-finds

I started solids around 5 months and my daughter did just fine with it.  

 

 

 

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Registered: 01-23-2013
Wed, 03-27-2013 - 1:20pm

This topic has caught my eye because one of my friends just had a baby and she is feeding him baby food already. He is only 6 weeks old. I don't know anything about babies but that seems too early to me.