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Put That Baby Spoon Down: Doctors Say Infants Fed Solid Food Too Soon

Forty percent of mothers surveyed reported giving their baby solid food before the baby was four months old. (Andy Peters/Flickr)

Forty percent of mothers surveyed reported giving their baby solid food before the baby was four months old. (Andy Peters/Flickr)

A new survey from the Centers for Disease Control finds that mothers (the CDC surveyed only mothers) are giving their babies solid food too early, despite guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In the survey, or more than 1,334 women, just over 40 percent of mothers gave their babies solid food before they were four months old.

For years, the AAP had recommended that babies be at least four months old before being given solid food. But last year, it recommended that babies be breastfed — exclusively — for six months, before “complementary” foods are given. Now we see that many mothers are not even waiting the full four months.

From USA Today:

Understanding parents’ motivations is important, because a number of health problems are associated with the early introduction of solid foods, says study co-author Kelley Scanlon, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These findings “don’t offer a full understanding why, but they give us some insight,” she says.

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