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Old 06-15-2006, 01:11 AM   #11
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I think it's weird that so many peds still tell patients they can give solids at 4 months. The American Academy of Pediatrics used to give the green light to starting rice cereal at 4 months, but they have changed their tune and now recommend a full six months of exclusive breastfeeding before starting any solids.

This changed recommendation is due to solid research. In one study comparing two control groups of mothers starting solids at 4 vs. 6 months, the benefits were varied and obvious. The mothers who started solids at six months lost more of their pregnancy weight and their babies crawled and walked earlier. Summary studies show that introducing solids before six months has been linked to decreased immunity to diseases, a whole host of gastrointestinal problems, more allergies and orthodontic problems and the longer an infant is exclusively breastfed, the more benefits on future intelligence.
Actually, the official policy still says that complimentary foods should be introduced "around 6 months" and that some infants may need supplementation as early as 4 months while others may not be ready until 8 months. http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;115/2/496#SEC6 (scroll down to #10)

I guess for me, I don't understand how 6 months is a magic date to start solids for every baby any more than I understand why some people think that 12 months is a magic date when every baby should wean. Every baby is different and the mother knows her baby better than anyone else. I prefer to watch my baby to figure out when he's ready than to watch the calendar. I've said before that if a mother chooses to wait (within reason), I don't think there's anything wrong with that, but I also don't think there's anything wrong with starting sooner (within reason) if you're following your baby's lead and doing what comes naturally.

By the way, I would be very interested in seeing a link to the study you mentioned in your post. All of the research I've seen has been regarding starting solids earlier than 4 months or later than 6...I haven't seen any comparisons between starting at 4 and starting at 6...it does sound interesting though and I'd like to know more details. Thanks!

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Old 06-15-2006, 07:14 AM   #12
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Re: EBF and afraid of cereal

Here are some studies:
http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/full/131/2/262
http://www.who.int/child-adolescent-...ON/gs_iycf.pdf

I know very few 4 month olds who really show the classic signs of readiness: the tongue thrust reflex is gone, the baby will start trying to grab food off your plate with a pincer grasp and more than just sucking and exploring with their mouths, the babe will start trying to chew with its gums.

What I do see in some families is mother's viewing solids as a milestone and wanting to rush. Getting food shoveled into your mouth is not an accomplishment. Grabbing food off a plate and putting it in your own mouth... that's something to record in the baby book!
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Old 06-15-2006, 08:25 AM   #13
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Very interesting...I hadn't seen the information on that Honduras study before. The only issues I have with their methodology is that the infants were "randomly" assigned to intervention groups (rather than following the infant's lead which is what I do) and that the groups that were assigned to introduce complimentary foods were instructed to give set amounts each day (again, instead of following the babies' leads). That is definitely significant... I also question some of the milestones they were measuring since for us at least, several of those happened well before 4 months...the rest happened "ahead of schedule" despite the early introduction of solids...so maybe my son's just a freak or something.

I agree that some families seem to want to rush the introduction of solids for whatever reason and that is not in the baby's best interest. There are, however, babies who are ready well before 6 months (yes, my son was picking up finger foods and biting and chewing them around 4-5 months...and he was walking unassisted at 10 months so if early solids slowed him down, I guess I'm glad! )

At any rate, the OP's question was about rice cereal and starting around 6 months or waiting later so while this discussion is relevant, it's not really what she asked...sorry to hijack! I still stand by my original post that you have to do what feels right for your child...honestly, there's no reason to give rice cereal at all...how many generations did just fine without Gerber? If she's ready for food, give her food...if not, wait till she is ready...regardless of what the calendar says.
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I have had EBF children not even willing to try food until 10 months. You know your baby and just "yes" Dr's if I don't agree with them and then do what I think is best....
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Old 06-15-2006, 09:35 AM   #15
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Re: EBF and afraid of cereal

I researched on cereal & decided not to even give it to my kiddo. It's not a valuable food like BM is. I don't think it will hurt anything. DS is 5 mos & had nothing but BM. He's also 17 lbs.
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Old 06-15-2006, 10:27 AM   #16
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Re: EBF and afraid of cereal

Do what you want to and what you feel is right! My son's (first but certainly not last) pedi told me to suppliment with formula right away and continued to tell me that until we switched pedis at two months. I would just smile and say, "Oh, okay" and then NEVER do it!!! Stupid docs sometimes just tell you what they've been telling patients for the last twenty years regardless of the research!
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Re: EBF and afraid of cereal

Like I said, mentally she is ready, she tries to take my food, she gets excited and "chews" watching other people eat, she really wants food, but her tummy is so sensitive that she's constantly throwing up and spitting up. I just think that if she's thriving on breastmilk alone, it shouldn't be necessary to start solids, blah, I just don't know, I'll figure it out lol
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Re: EBF and afraid of cereal

You're exactly right. If she's thriving on breastmilk alone, there's no need for other solids. Babies do not need them nutritionally until after a year. It does not have any ill affect to wait - however, it can have ill affects to start too soon. You wait till you want to start! Also, remember that just trying it doesn't mean you have to sit her down for her first meal and feed her a big ol bowl of cereal! You can let her try a few bites and see how it sits with her tummy and also see if she likes it. But, yes, I would definitely wait until at least 6mo!!
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