Oh, I'm sorry! Your pediatrician is misinformed. The study he is talking about showing an increase in allergy was in a grand total of 16 children. That is NOT enough of a sample to draw a conclusion, and it goes against all the other studies available to us that show it is better to wait. I also do not believe that study was in exclusively breastfed children, either. That can make a significant impact.
Most allergy experts believe that babies who do not want to eat until later in the first year (like 9-12 months or sometimes longer) have a built in allergy protection that makes them want only breastmilk. Any family with a history of allergies should wait to start solids. I am so sorry that he gave you the information from that single study and ignored the rest of the evidence. Maybe you could ask him what his source of information is? I am positive it was this study that came out last year, I think? It caused quite a stir, and dontcha know the baby food companies were happy.
Actually......thanks for the info.
I should have questioned him more about the validity of the study, but there was so much going on at the appointment. I will definetly will do so next time.
I'm glad you were able to give me more info.