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I have a beautiful 19 pound 4.5 month old baby boy who has been exclusively breastfed. I visited our doctor today and she said I should start iron-fortified cereal now and introduce vegetables next month. Whooaa. I was going to wait until he was at least 6 months to start anything. I'm just going by WHO recommendations and what Dr. Newman says. Any advice?
 

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I just had the same discussion with my ped. At four months, he told me to get her on cereal -- because it's fun.

He also asked me several times if I was supplementing.

How do you supplement perfection -- and why?

I changed peds the next day.
 

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is on your side too:

"In the first 6 months, water, juice, and other foods are generally unnecessary for breastfed infants."

http://www.aap.org/policy/re9729.html
 

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I'd stick to whenever your babe shows interest. As late as 12 months is not uncommon at all. I'd find a new doc. Even if you decide to keep her and let her advice go in one ear and out the other, it gets very tiring to deal with the pressure. What if your babe is 8 or 9 months and still not interested, your doc is going to be pressuring you in a BIG way.

My doc is very bfing friendly -nursed her own dd for 3 yrs and was totally cool when my 2nd refused to eat solids until 22 months. I was freaking out to say the least, but my doc felt confident that she was fine and to keep on nursing. And she was fine and now a healthy 6 yr old. It made such a difference having a supportive doctor.
 
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