When I had Jellybean there was a lot of advice or things I did that I thought were right just because it was either advice someone gave me or what society tries to pull off as being right. When it came to giving him solid food I thought that giving baby cereal and feeding my baby at 4 months were what you were supposed to do. It’s what everyone does. It’s even what the companies that market baby food try to market. My pediatrician even asked me at Jellybeans 4 month check up if I’d started giving him cereal. So I did, because I thought that’s what you were supposed to do, and I was wrong, and I know that now and I regret it.
Where is was currently thought that it was safe to start solids from 4 – 6 months the standard has changed to 6 – 9 months. The main reason being that babies digestive system is not mature enough before 6 months to process food. Their stomachs don’t have the right enzymes to break down food properly which causes damage to their digestive system. In the future it causes a much higher risk of your child becoming obese, diabetic, having food allergies or irritations, and causes a weaker immune system.
A lot of the main reasons that parents start solids to early is because of bad advice, the belief it will help their baby sleep through the night, or their baby is fussy and the parent doesn’t think they are getting enough. I carry a lot of guilt about starting solids to early and I’m guilty of the first 2 reasons. I didn’t do enough research of my own I just blindly believed that’s what your supposed to do. I also thought it would help him sleep better at night and that theory is completely false. He still continued to wake every 2-3 hours to breastfeed. My family already has a family history of diabetes and obesity, and not being educated I raised the risk.
Babies are meant to have breast milk or formula exclusively for at least 6 months of age. It isn’t a guild-line its the standard. While your baby might be happy and what you consider healthy you really are just setting them up for future problems.
Here are some links from organizations the recommend exclusively breastfeeding for at least 6 months. Exclusively means no water, food, or juice, only breastmilk: