A ’worrisome’ risk: Most babies are fed solid food too soon, study finds

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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.

A ’worrisome’ risk: Most babies are fed solid food too soon, study finds.

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2 thoughts on “A ’worrisome’ risk: Most babies are fed solid food too soon, study finds

  1. Oh my gosh I cannot even fathom feeding my 4 week old baby food!! I have heard a little about this before but never really realize how early people are really starting on foods. If breast milk wasn’t the perfect food for our children we wouldn’t produce it. I also realize some Mom’s cannot make it work for them but there are healthful alternatives. Thanks for sharing this.
    Jenness
    http://jennessjohnston78.wordpress.com/

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