Now onto the subject of this post, starting solids. For anyone who has googled or been given advice regarding when to start a baby on solids and which solids, there's a good chance you found the advice pretty conflicting. I sure did.
As any parent, I wanted to make the best decision for my baby. What I feel is best may not be the same as the next parent and vice versa. I believe that each parent should decide for themselves what is best for their baby. I'm sharing what I found during my research and what decisions I made. If this conflicts with your decisions, that's cool, you know what's best for your baby.
Most pediatricians recommend starting solids at 4-6 months. The American Academy of Pediatrics, The Canadian Paediatric Society and World Health Organization all recommend exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months.
I wanted to understand why so many pediatrician's recommendations conflict with the above organizations when it's these organizations they follow. I never did find an answer, but I did find the following info which I found very interesting.
Our pediatrician said we could skip cereals since they're not necessary and are just empty calories. We're starting with stage 1 fruits and veggies. We're taking it very slow by introducing 1 tbsp a day to give his digestive system time to learn how to process these strange new substances.
Day 3. We tried mashed avocado. He was very unsure about this one. I think the texture was a little too bizarre for him. He dry heaved a few times. In hindsight I should have pureed and thinned it out with breastmilk.
So I'm not off the hook and I don't foresee a full nights sleep for at least another 6 months. I hope and pray that I can maintain my milk supply!
It's amazing how full circle we're coming when it comes to caring for a baby. Our grandmothers exclusively breastfed, kept baby with them all the time and co-slept. Our parents faced completely different times. Breastfeeding was uncool, looked down upon. Babies were expected to sleep through the night, formula and early solids were given to make that happen. My mom was given a shot the day after I was born to dry up her milk. Kerry's mom was told her milk had no nutrition and wouldn't be able to breastfeed. At the advice of their pediatrician, I was given jello water, Kerry was given Carnation instant milk and Karo syrup. Today's generation is being encouraged to go back to what our Grandparents did.
Here's few good links from Dr. Sears if you're interested:
Starting solid foods
This is a good one for you if you're really wanting to wait 6 months but tempted to start early:
This is a good one if you're receiving pressure from others to start your baby on solids earlier than you'd like:
Does eating solids too soon result in digestive problems later in life?