Laura Zoey - posted on 09/15/2010 ( 74 moms have responded )
I've heard a few moms say that they started solids too early for their baby and it had some bad reactions, including causing allergies, stomach problems, etc.
If this happened to you, please share your story so moms can see why the recommendations are here. I don't know why there's only moms saying it's harmless to start early, because I've seen moms say it caused problems for their baby.
The World Health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics, and many other worldwide health organizations recommend exclusive breastfeeding (or formula feeding) for at least the first six months of a baby's life. Many children thrive on breast milk alone for up to 12 months of age. Ounce for ounce, breast milk and formula have higher caloric, nutrient, and fat contents than solid foods.
Starting solids too early has risks, including an increase in food allergies and higher risk of developing diabetes. Waiting until your baby shows all of the signs of readiness for solids are your best and safest option. Inform yourself on the topic of solids by talking to your pediatrician and researching well-respected sources before offering your baby solids that she might not be ready for.
*****If YOUR baby is "JUST FINE" with early solids please do NOT comment. This is not the place for stories of successfully going against medical professionals.********