“Did you see that?! Look, he did it again – he’s watching me eat. I’ll bet he’s getting ready for real food.”
“Aren’t you going to feed him something from the table? A little bit won’t hurt him.”
“If she’d not sleeping well you should feed her rice cereal. That will make her tummy full.”
Have you ever heard comments like this? I know I did. Weaning babies onto solids is the decision of the parents, not well-intentioned friends and family. But at the same time, it’s hard to know when to do it. I speak from experience.
I started giving my first son rice cereal and jarred baby food between 4-5 months old and he was weaned by nine months. Four more children and twelve years later I was exclusively breastfeeding and my daughter didn’t eat any solids until she was just shy of 12 months.
Why the age difference? Was my son a huge eater? Was he fussy at night? Did he seem dissatisfied with breastfeeding alone? Nope. Was my daughter sickly? Was she allergic to rice cereal? Was she premature? Nope. They were both full-term, healthy, and good breastfeeders. It was my perspective and a little bit of research on weaning babies onto solids that changed.
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