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Old Nov 3rd, 2012, 23:11 PM   21
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It's considered too late weaning by some researchers and mums they go by 1-2 studies that show problems if introducing things like gluten considerably after 6 months and apply these to starting at six months. Unfortunately some health professionals rubbish the government guidelines as being 'too late' and they have done ever since they were changed almost 10 years ago. They also spread the myth that guidelines change every couple of years when they last changed almost 10 years ago, before that it was another 7 years and before that another 15-20 years, hardly 'every couple of years'. Xx



 
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Old Nov 4th, 2012, 03:53 AM   22
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Well like i said, thats what i was told by my consultant so have took his advice. She was showing all the signs anyway. But like i said i was just passing on some information i was told, not looking for a debate in weaning!!



 
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Old Nov 4th, 2012, 04:00 AM   23
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It's not a debate, however the fact remains that your consultant is either himself mistaken or being deliberately misleading. There are no plans for the guideline to be changed to four months and it would not be a decision made by one consultant in a local hospital based on his research. As it stands the guideline in the UK is ideally as close to 26 weeks but if you must wean earlier 17 weeks is the bare minimum. Xx



 
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Old Nov 4th, 2012, 04:05 AM   24
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I think hes been part of research on a much wider scale and considering hes the guy that saved my daughters life a couple of weeks ago i fully trust what he says. Im sure we will just have to wait and see in a few months if things change.



 
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Old Nov 4th, 2012, 06:59 AM   25
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I know many other health professionals currently working in the NHS at various levels and none of them have heard of any plans to change the weaning age in a few months but I suppose you'll just have to wait and see. Even some baby food companies are now begrudgingly advising 6 months after advising 4 months for years, Aptamil are one example, because they have realised the guideline is now unlikely to ever be changed back to 4 months in the UK. Their website now says weaning should be started at 6 months and not at any point before this xx



 
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Old Nov 4th, 2012, 07:42 AM   26
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interesting thanks for that summer rain.
its funny how ireland and the uk are different, yet we are neighbours!
does anyone know what the guidelines are in mainland european countries?



 
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Old Nov 4th, 2012, 08:25 AM   27
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Beachybronzer they vary, in some countries it is 4-6 months, in others the recommendation is 6 months. Some countries such as Ireland do vary in advice for BF and FF babies. The following European countries advise only starting solids at 6 months for exclusively BF babies at least

Bosnia, France, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovakia and the UK

This according to baby milk action xx



 
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Old Nov 4th, 2012, 10:34 AM   28
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I know many other health professionals currently working in the NHS at various levels and none of them have heard of any plans to change the weaning age in a few months but I suppose you'll just have to wait and see. Even some baby food companies are now begrudgingly advising 6 months after advising 4 months for years, Aptamil are one example, because they have realised the guideline is now unlikely to ever be changed back to 4 months in the UK. Their website now says weaning should be started at 6 months and not at any point before this xx
Wow for a formula company to even say 6 months is pretty big, usually they're the ones to push 4 months since they want to sell more of their 'baby food'. Very interesting, thanks.. you're always full of wonder information/research

And I'll second what Summer rain said, it's not a debate it's just people sharing information, it bothers me when people tell people the wrong information and then get defensive. Public places like this is an excellent way to share information and help people make informed choices, so providing the correct AND current guidelines gives people the means to make the informed choices. Personally I don't understand 'early weaning' nor do I see the point, all they can really eat is gross looking rice cereal and pureed fruit/veggies.. they're not getting enough to satisfy hunger (milk should be doing that) and solids are messy and a lot of work lol so why not wait a couple more months when they can actually enjoy REAL food (everything we eat!) with the family?




 
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Old Nov 4th, 2012, 11:04 AM   29
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I was surprised too. I found another page on their site that was even more vehement about six months but cannot find it now.

http://www.aptaclub.co.uk/weaning/ar...eaning-routine

However it is begrudgingly and other sections of their site haven't been updated to reflect advising six months, still it's a start xx



 
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Old Nov 4th, 2012, 17:37 PM   30
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I couldn't breastfeed and so want my son off formula (or reduce formula) asap. I fully intended to wait till christmas, but decided to be led by him x



 
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