That study in the article was widely discredited at the time (January 2011), it was actually an interpretation of the studies used to decide to raise the weaning age to six months by other bodies. The authors of the study all regularly do research for baby food and formula companies, and one of them did a study funded by a formula company saying that breastfeeding and a western diet causes heart disease-the babies the study was based on were born in the 60s and the way the study was conducted wasn't proper at all. He has also appeared in court defending SMA on a number of occasions. The uk government looked at this article and a lot of other recent research and decided not only to keep the recommended weaning age at 6 months but to no longer advise that from 17 weeks is ok, except for exceptional health circumstances. The authors of this study have achieved what they wanted though because people are still regularly linking to this BBC article on forums xx
A hungry baby probably just needs more milk, even at 6 months they are not yet fully about to get the full nutrients etc (guts not mature yet) from solids and their main source of food remains milk (bf or formula).
I dont particularly like HVs they dont seem to always know what the hell they are talking about. I saw mine once and never felt the need for another visit, I was not impressed the first time anyway lol
I would suggest a pediatrician's advice before going against the recommended guidelines..
As the article says most of the studies were done in developing countries. Of course the baby is going to have deficiancys if the mother is surviving on dirty water and one bowl of food a day.
In the developed world where mothers are eating 3 meals a day and have access to vitamin supplements then baby's get everything they need from breastmilk. If they dident then the human race would have died out centuries ago.
Summer rain - 12lbs!! That advice is just scary!! I think my DS was 12lbs about 9 weeks old!!! I am in NZ and the 16lb rule was definitely gone when I was born (1979) because my mum was told 5 - 6 months for first foods, as was my aunt and her children were born in the early 70's.
Thanks to everyone for the links. Its so good to feel informed and knowledgeable on the topic. Google can only go so far!! All this baby stuff is so new to me!!
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