A baby doesn't need solids until after the first year if he is breastfed. Breastmilk has all the nutrients needed for a healthy growth during the whole first year of life.
I didn't just read this on some magazine... well I did. "BUT" I also read it in a Dr. Sears book. I still was skeptacle so I asked my daughter's pediatritians (2). They are both Certified Lactation Consultants and don't always agree on everything (vaccines for example). But they said that 'breastmilk only' for the first year is the best choice. I also mentioned it in a 'Breastfeeding Support Group' and the Lactation Consultant who happens to also be a nutritionist (or Dietarian Doctor) confirmed the same thing.
The idea of supplementing with babyfood after 6mo was intended for formula fed babies. Breastmilk changes along with the babies needs for nutrients. This means that as the baby grows and has different nutritional needs....the breastmilk will get adjusted to those needs automatically. Isn't that great!!!
Only formula fed babies need to drink water and need to have feeding schedules, because babies digestive systems aren't designed for formula. They also need babyfood after they are 6mo because formula doesn't self-adjust itself.
Before the first 6mo the baby's digestive system isn't developed enough to easily digest things like cereal or babyfood. When a baby is given something other than breast milk (like solids or formula) his body will have to work harder to digest it and the baby will have longer stretches between feedings--- not because he is eating better but because he is having a harder time to decompose the stuff. This can end up messing up a baby's delicate stomach.
By waiting until my daughter is 1yo I am avoiding possible food allergies, digestive problems, asthma, breastmilk-supply reduction and other no goodies. That's the only thing she will be missing out on!
Cow's milk for example is made for baby cows. A baby cow will get up and walk shortly after he is born--human babies don't. Formula has cow's milk in it. Cow's milk might be higher in proteins and calories but these are proteins and calories that a human baby just dosen't need. That is why formula fed babies diapers are smellier than the brestfed babies.
Breastmilk is much easier on babies stomach and is fully absorbed quicker. So frequent feedings in a shorter period of time are common.
Okey, a lit'l off topic....maybe. But I'm just trying to be helpfull to all.
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