Staying a Boobavarian

On Monday, one of the teachers stopped me and asked the question I’ve been dreading. “Hey, we were wondering if we could start feeding Mason solids this week.” Fortunately, when I said that no, we were waiting until he was six months old, I didn’t get “the look” that I get from most people.

I realize a lot of babies start solids at 4 months of age. I realize this is a huge milestone a lot of people look forward to and that each new food is a fun new adventure and all that. And that millions of babies have started solids by now and have had absolutely zero adverse affects. But after doing my research, we’re holding off until Mason is 6 months, or at least pretty close to that.

Why? Because all of these organizations

recommend that babies receive NOTHINGΒ  but breast milk and/or formula for the first 6 months of age.

Why do they recommend this? (Information below taken from Kellymom.com)

Delaying solids gives baby greater protection from illness.
Although babies continue to receive many immunities from breastmilk for as long as they nurse, the greatest immunity occurs while a baby is exclusively breastfed. Mason is in daycare with 7 other babies, most of which who have school age siblings. There is at least one baby coughing and sneezing there every single day. We need all the immunity we can get!

Delaying solids gives baby’s digestive system time to mature.
If solids are started before a baby’s system is ready to handle them, they are poorly digested and may cause unpleasant reactions (digestive upset, gas, constipation, etc.). We’ve been lucky enough to not have to deal with any reflux, constipation, or anything liek that. I don’t want to take unnecessary risks.

Delaying solids helps maintain milk supply.
Studies have shown that for a young baby solids replace milk in a baby’s diet – they do not add to baby’s total intake. The more solids that baby eats, the less milk he takes from mom, and less milk taken from mom means less milk production. Babies who eat lots of solids or who start solids early tend to wean prematurely. I have every intention to breastfeed until Mason reaches a year old. I’m already seeing my supply start to dip a bit at just 4 months and I don’t want to end up having to feed him formula at 10 months after I’ve done all this hard work.

and the big one

Delaying solids decreases the risk of food allergies.
It is well documented that prolonged exclusive breastfeeding results in a lower incidence of food allergies. I have all sorts of allergies – peanuts, peanut butter, peaches, apple peels, and then a bunch of non-food allergies and if there is any way for me to have less of a chance of passing these on, I’m game! I already plan on having him avoiding peanut related foods until he is three, but if we can avoid other possible allergies, that would be great. I know all too well the feeling of my throat and tongue swelling up because of something I ate!

So, that being said, you won’t be seeing any adorable pictures of Mason eating solids until at least September (he turns 6 months on September 16th, but he’ll be 25 weeks by the beginning of the month) despite the fact that every single person who asks keeps acting like we’re depriving him of his basic needs and are being “crazy” for not just following the “norm” of starting solids at 4 months.

16 thoughts on “Staying a Boobavarian

  1. LeeAnn Post author

    Well I don’t think you’re crazy. You have to do what is right for Mason and your family. Who cares what anyone else thinks?

    I started both of my kids on solids at 4 months. I was very careful with Rylie and gave her the same thing for 3 days to make sure there was no reaction. With Bryce, however, it was a free for all. If he didn’t react to something right away (which he never did) then he was fine and we moved on. He has now already had foods that Rylie didn’t have until she was well over 1. LOL

    You just keep holding your ground and don’t let someone talk you into doing something you don’t want to do. No one has the right to judge anyone’s parenting decisions. (Of course as long as those decisions aren’t HURTING a baby.)

    Solids are fun though. The messier the better!

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  3. Leahan Post author

    I’m right with you on that on! You’re doing great BTW with your commitment to BF’ing!

  4. Sara Post author

    We did cereal at 4 months, but really sporadically. Pie just wasn’t interested, so we didn’t force the issue. We revisited the cereal as well as other foods after the 6 month mark. She’s still pretty hit or miss with the cereal, but if you get between her and her pears or sweet potatoes…watch out!

  5. tapa Post author

    It looks like my son is about the same age as yours (just turned 5 months). We’re holding off on solids until 6 months too. It’s strange to me that 4 months is still suggested by some doctors as the age to start solids, given all the research that shows that it’s best to wait until 6 months, but I’m still pretty new to this parenting thing so, so I’m just doing what makes sense to me πŸ™‚

  6. Cole Post author

    Agreed! I didn’t start solids until 6 months and I skipped straight to table food. Have you heard of baby led weaning?

  7. Meaghan Post author

    Hi. new follower from friday hop. Your son is sooo cute. I love the header picture of him, i have those overalls in my online store! My son is 9 months old. Hope you will visit!

  8. Meg Herald Post author

    Good for you, it’s unfortunate that you even have to be hesitant to tell them that in fear of the “look.” It’s up to you to do what’s best for you guys! and the title bobitarian cracked me up! haha

  9. Rheanna Post author

    I totally get the milk thing, that is what I do with my kids too.
    Anyway, I am here from the Sunday blog hop and am now following!
    Thanks!

  10. Cindy @ This Adventure, Our Life Post author

    Totally awesome! We waited till 7 months (or a week or so before!)…everyone around me was starting at 4-5 months, but I knew BF was best for us. She is now almost 10 months at the end of the month and she tries anything I give to her, we are still slow at introducing and she will not eat meats till after 1 year or so. πŸ™‚ Always do what you feel is right, that is what I have learned!

  11. Cici Post author

    We waited until 6 months exactly, too!!! Now, her weight percentile went down from 50% to 25%, but her ped. was the mother of a 4 month old and she also breastfeeds, so she totally understood and said as long as the baby started solids at 6 months she’ll be back up to weight in no time! No concerns. And solids are going wonderfully!

  12. Amanda Post author

    Good for you! I did the pedi. recommended 4mo. with my first but waited until 5/6 months with my second and he is the best eater! I did the baby led weaning and he had to be able to feed himself, no spoon fed purees (which he hated anyway, tried once and never tried again) He was great at chewing right away! Super softs foods are the key!

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