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y feed babies solids at 6 months if they are fine starting at 4? and used to feed at 4 for centuries

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Dr. Sara Gonzalez
13 years experience Pediatrics
New data: We have the advantage of living in a modern age of information; we now know that babies do just as well - in fact, better - if feeding of solid foods is delayed until 6 months. Only breast milk should be given during the first six months.
Answered on Mar 23, 2014
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Solids became popular when they were needed to make up for deficiencies in milk production or home made formulas. The need disappeared when breast feeding came back into prominence and commercial formulas became better and less expensive. Aboriginal cultures that totally breast feed for the first 2 years have better bone/muscle/fat balance than today's kids on solids.
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