The WHO and our National Infant Feeding Policy, both say that babies should not start solids until 6 months of age and not before 17 weeks.
What’s the big deal?
Over 20% of parents in Ireland wean their baby onto solid food prior to 12 weeks of age. Before 17 weeks (ideally 6 months) an infant’s kidneys and digestive system are immature and not ready for anything other than breast/formula milk. Infants weaned onto solids too early are at an increased risk of Coeliac disease, Type 1 Diabetes and wheat allergy.
Did you know that at 1:100, Ireland has the highest incidence of Coeliac disease in the world and the number of children being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is on the increase.
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P.S There is no evidence that infants weaned onto solid food early sleep any better, sorry!
(Ref: Best Practice for Infant feeding in Ireland, FSAI 2012)