This article warns of a growing trend that may be risking babies’ health by giving them solid food before their bodies can tolerate it. While the recommendation is to breast feed until the baby is 6 months old, 40% give their babies solid food before they are 4 months old and nearly 10% at 4 weeks old! That puts infants at risk of choking, as well as developing diarrhea, intestinal inflammation, obesity, and diabetes. It also deprives them of breast-feeding’s benefits: improved immune system health and decreased risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Many mothers falsely believe solid food would help their babies sleep, and more than 50% said their doctors had “told them it was time to introduce solid food.” Young, unmarried, and low-income mothers were also more likely than average to start their babies on solids early because of the high cost of formula.