I am still undecided when to start feeding Baby C solids. With Alycia, I started feeding her porridge at 6 months and Sherilyn, around 7-8 months. I am thinking of delaying feeding Baby C solids until she’s at least 8 months or even longer.
Here are some excerpts from kellymom.com (an exclusive site for breastfeeding mums) on why babies should be fed solids at a later age :
1. Most babies will become developmentally and physiologically ready to eat solids by 6-9 months of age. For some babies, delaying solids longer than six months can be a good thing; for example, some doctors may recommend delaying solids for 12 months if there is a family history of allergies.
2. The following organizations recommend that all babies be exclusively breastfed (no cereal, juice or any other foods) for the first 6 months of life (not the first 4-6 months):
-World Health Organization
-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
3. Reasons for delaying solids :
-Delaying solids gives baby greater protection from illness.
-Delaying solids gives baby’s digestive system time to mature.
-Delaying solids decreases the risk of food allergies.
-Delaying solids helps to protect baby from iron-deficiency anemia.
-Delaying solids helps to protect baby from future obesity.
-Delaying solids helps mom to maintain her milk supply.
-Delaying solids helps to space babies.
-Delaying solids makes starting solids easier.
My generous sil from Hong Kong bought 2 boxes of Organix baby cereal for Baby C :
This one the baby can start to eat between 4 – 6 months.
And this one, the baby can start to eat at 6 months.
I was really tempted to feed Baby C the first one but after reading the article from kelly.com, I think I will delay feeding Baby C solids. Well, hopefully I can still continue to breastfeed her exclusively for at least another half a year or even longer …. which means that I have to delay my diet plan.
When did you start your baby on solids?
On a sidenote, just want to share this pic with you :
My 3 angels with their granny. Baby C looked so much like a boy here!