As you may have seen in the news there has been a review of research published in the British Medical Journal that suggests that babies should be given solid food from the age of 4 months. This one paper was funded by baby food companies and goes against the majority of the research available. You can see that paper here – http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c5955.full
The Analytical Armadillo has started to go through the report and break it down, Armadillo is famous for great research and accurate reporting.
The press have reported it in a sensationalist way, claiming that earlier weaning can prevent allergies. My personal concern is that many mothers will take a 4 month growth spurt as a sign to wean onto solids and to stop breastfeeding. All babies are different but I am not convinced that mothers are taught the signs that babies are ready for solid – sitting up, lack of tounge thrust etc.
Anyway, back to the hard sell – I’ve got 40% off all the ‘I’ll wean when I am ready‘ slogan t-shirts, badges and postcards until the 20th January 2011 – lets get the word out there!