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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    fair point. I stand corrected.

    my ds is extremely fortunate in that we haven't had any reflux issues so there's been no real need to move to solids too soon.

    I'd actually be happy to delay solids a bit longer but I'm going back to work next month and would prefer to have at least started solids before I'm back.
    We delayed with DD1 until she was 9 months mainly because she refused to eat anything so I gave up and she didn't really eat anything until 9 months. You can do it but it was stressful as once she did start she was sort of over it.

    Sometimes you can't win with babies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BitsHead View Post
    Everyone's opinions differ. You think I'm doing a bad thing? That is completely your own views. I've spoken to multiple doctors and specialists. I'm confident in the way I nourish my child and just for the record, milk feeds have not dropped at all. She just eats solids now too. She is happy, healthy and very very active and engaging. (Have been told this by professionals) she still has the same amount of milk feeds (breast milk)...everything is developing. Why should I keep her stuck when she is constantly changing, growing.?
    Development will be behind if I don't let her experience new things. Should i keep her inside until she's had all her inoculations and deprive her from fresh air and sun? Keep her away from the dog because it might have germs? The sooner she is exposed the safer she will be in my opinion..
    Everyone's opinions do differ but I do find it hard to believe that any professional has told you to be giving that many solids, and before milk. Especially since your baby is so young, how on earth have you built up to that many and still been able to observe if there's been a reaction to a particular food, which you need to do over a course of days? Also, since you're breastfeeding (unless you're using a bottle) you have no way of knowing how much milk she is getting, so you may be offering the breast just as often but that doesn't mean she is consuming the same amount as she used to or needs to. I genuinely see no reason for a four month old to be consuming that many solids, no matter your stance on at what age to introduce solids, breastmilk or formula should still be her number one source of nutrients and calories as it is the only source of food that provides her with everything she needs for her rapidly developing brain and body. Solids are just for exploring right now, not for actually providing her with nutrients.

    Do what you like, and if your dr has genuinely advised you to be feeding this many solids before milk, ok. But please please do not advise anybody else to be doing this that early, tell them to ask their health professional.

    Australia's guidelines are giving me a headache these past few days because this is how people interpret them. Just because it mentions that it *may* be ok to start at four months ('at about 6 months but not before 4') doesn't mean you go hog wild with it.
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    I agree @HollyGolightly81. I wish the Australian guidelines would just say "around 6 months" like everywhere else.

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    I have already stated; it is completely up to the individual with what they feel comfortable giving their baby. These are not rules, they are opinions and if someone decides they would go off what another person has written rather than discuss it with a doctor well, that's their own choice also, but I'd not expect anyone to do so. Experience is experience. Be it bad or good. Experience is knowledge. Share it.

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    experience is knowledge eh? does that mean if you give your kid something they're not ready for and it causes an adverse reaction, you just chalk it up to "experience" ?

    a baby is not a guinea pig. you don't fill them up with whatever you're having and think it's ok. a nutribullet smoothie is totally inappropriate for a baby of that age. I struggle to accept any doctor/paed would be ok with/encourage such foolish practices.

    don't you think guidelines are there for a reason? I find it incredibly arrogant on your part that you think you know better than a paed, the WHO etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BitsHead View Post
    I have already stated; it is completely up to the individual with what they feel comfortable giving their baby. These are not rules, they are opinions and if someone decides they would go off what another person has written rather than discuss it with a doctor well, that's their own choice also, but I'd not expect anyone to do so. Experience is experience. Be it bad or good. Experience is knowledge. Share it.
    I'm sorry but guidelines are not 'opinion.' They are based off of current research on babies guts and allergies. Even GPs and MCHNs often get their advice wrong because they are not up to date on the current research. You as well appear not to be.

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    Not saying I'm better than anybody. And experience - knowledge. You then KNOW that the child will have an adverse reaction to whatever your giving them. As I have written; im very hesitant about giving peanuts. But the fathers family and my family have no allergies. Look, judge me for my views if you like. I disagree with plenty of things but don't make such a song and dance about it and I'm not pushing anything on anyone. I find it very petty of you that you feel you need to try and make me feel any less for the things I do. You don't know me or my child. If I had experienced anything bad id be the first to warn. I sincerely hope you feel you've done the right thing.

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    No need to rush things. I would start with purée fruit and veg, one at a time. Then move to weet bix etc.
    Babies need to have good head control to eat or it's very dangerous.

    My DD1 started on purée fruit and veg at 4 months, she was right to sit in the high chair and loved it. But then she spewed all night so I waited till 5 months and tried again and it went fine.

    My DD2 had no interest in food till 7-8 months. She wouldn't swallow. They both eat fine now.

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    I do actually. I'm not trying to be petty, I genuinely feel opinions like yours should be taken with caution for other children. I don't think experience = knowledge in this case because it disregards the fact, not opinion, that breastmilk or formula is your baby's most important form of nutrition at this age. That is a fact, not my opinion.

    In regards to peanuts, the advice is not to delay, it's not after one year anymore.

    I really think you should research current guidelines and infant nutrition and development a bit more.
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