Susan K. Schulman MD Author of "Understanding Your Child's Health" talks about the right age and stage to start on solid foods and begin weaning from breastfeeding.
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When to Start Feeding Your Baby Solid Foods Dr Schulman: Well most of mother appreciate the effects that breastfeeding have on them including the fact that breastfeeding creates a child spacing effect where they probably can't ovulate while they're nursing. And some of the mothers who like natural child spacing will nurse for a long time without feeding solids. So I use the growth and the weight of the baby to help me decide what the baby needs and the additional food because anytime you add food to the baby’s diet, what will happen is it will just take a little less milk from the mother. Most people start feeding the baby solids at around six months but there are many people who do not feed until the baby is able to feed themselves at nine, ten and eleven months. Male: So it’s a little bit veritable but you don’t have to feed solids until six months, is that correct? Dr Schulman: No, as a matter of fact I almost never feed solids under six months. I don’t even know if there are some that don’t even follow to feed solids even at six months. Depending on how well the breastfeeding is going. It’s up to the mother. I always feel that the mother has to know, as the mother feels it’s inconvenient and she wants to give the baby something else, so she doesn’t have to be on call all the time. Then she can start the solids at around six months but certainly the more solid you feed the baby, the less nursing you’re going to do.