Starting Solids at 6 Months "Causes Allergies"??? What do you think?

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Starting Solids at 6 Months "Causes Allergies"??? What do you think?
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Sun, 01-16-2011 - 6:52pm

I came across this article and thought it was pretty interesting . . .

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1347006/Breast-feeding-6-months-causes-allergies-warn-British-researchers.html

When did you start solids (or when will you) with your baby?

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Interesting. I tend to take these kinds of studies with a (huge) grain of salt. I'm sure for every study that says this is true, there is one that doesn't. There needs to be an overwhelming agreement within the scientific community for me to take something as fact. Plus there are so many other factors that could lead to more allergies with the current generations (corresponding to being BF'd longer) - like pollution or parenting styles (like not exposing children to germs or dirt).

From our experiences in the hospital with Evan, it is clear that studies done on infants are very difficult to interpret as it is hard to know what is "normal" and what is not.





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I mean the question really is, when is the best time to start solids . . .

I guess for me, I tend to trust parents' instincts, and I also tend to think that what happened for millions of years is what we should continue to do . . . it's not like they had baby food or fortified rice cereal even 100 years ago--so clearly babies don't need these things.

For this reason, I think that for the most part, until babies are able to feed themselves, and interested in doing so, they probably aren't ready (and don't need) to eat food.

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LOL I forgot to answer my own questions!

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I read a similar synapsis of the same study on Yahoo News this morning. Frankly it doesn't really change my plans at all. I BFed Evan exclusively until 6 months and he is a picky eater, but I really don't think that would be any different if I'd introduced solids any earlier-it's just part of his personality.

Wheat and dairy allergies (more like intolerances which fortunately have been temporary for anyone who has inherited them) run in my family, and both intolerances started for Evan when he was around 3 months old, so introducing solids wouldn't have made a difference anyway.

The Swedish study was interesting - I think there was a little more detail in the Yahoo article. It said that there was an increase in Celiac disease among babies who weren't exposed to gluten until 6 months old. The interesting thing is that Celiac disease is becoming more common in general, and I think a lot of this has to do with people being misdiagnosed for years with IBS, etc.
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LOL! I guess that was my convoluted way of saying that the results of that study doesn't influence our plans for when to introduce solids. We'll be starting at about 6 months unless he really shows interest earlier.




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I'm going to want to see these results repeated by different researchers before I hop to it and start feeding my 8 week old solids. I find it very odd that these results (based on 33 children, right?) seem to contradict all other studies on breastfeeding. I simply do not buy the obesity part. I believe, for the most part, that children are obese because their parents are modeling poor eating and exercise habits for them. I don't think it has anything to do with BFing.

Also, if your child initially rejects a bitter food as the study claimed children not given solids before 6 months would, what kind of parent never offers it to them again? I've read (and Ry's feeding therapists have confirmed) that it can take up to 50 offers of a new food before a child will willingly accept it. I'd need to see compelling evidence that even with persistence on the part of the parent, breastfed babies would not accept bitter foods before it would change my conviction that babies do not need solids until they're 6-9 months old.

I don't know what to think about the food allergies part. That bit goes contrary to what I've always read which is that BFing actually helps protect babies against allergies. In my personal experience, Ry came out of the womb allergic to dairy and wheat...so what should I have done in that case? Shoved some strained peas up my...you know where...every day until he was born ;)? Clearly, I'm joking.

Anyway, I'm skeptical until a different researcher replicates the results with different children.

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Oh, and to answer the questions, duh! We started solids with Ry at 5 1/2 months old, and in retrospect I don't think he was really ready, but honestly, based on an observation of his eating behavior alone, by many standards he's still not ready, lol. It's hard for me to make any hard and fast rules based on my experience with Ry since he does have significant developmental delays and SPD resulting in moderate to severe feeding problems.

At least with Ry, we started very slowly. We began with avocado, just a few mouthfuls once a day and went on to sweet potatoes, barley, oatmeal, beans, and other fruits and veggies. He wasn't eating 3 solids a day until he was probably 9 or 10 months old, and even then they were very small "meals".

With Pippa, though, I plan to wait at least until 6 months. I have great faith in the magic that is breast milk to provide her with all of her nutritional needs until such a time as she shows interest in solid food. Then, we'll probably just start with easily eaten bits of whatever we're eating. My altered attitude towards solids is partially the product of doing more research, and partially because as a mom of two, one of whom has special needs, I just don't see myself as having time this time around to make baby food and I refuse to buy the jarred crap.

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We started David at 4.5 months on cereal and then 6 months on baby food. He was reaching and grabbiing at our food and I felt he was ready to do so. I wouldn't have started him that early if I felt he wasn't ready yet.

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Simon got rice at roughly 4ish months. He was showing major interest in what DH and I were eating to I gave him a little here and there. He started veggies between 5 and 6 months old. I went totally on cue of baby. Had Simon been given rice and not doing much with it I wouldn't have given him anymore for a while. However, from the first bite he was chewing and swallowing pretty well.

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