Quoting Lizplustwo:" They don't have near the vitamins and minerals that breast milk does - so if you're skipping breast milk ... [snip!] ... told you that? Well, I'm a nurse, and I'm telling you it's a bad idea. You should definitely discuss it with your pediatrician."
Authorities in several Western countries1, 2 recommend that solids should not be introduced before 4 months and should be offered no later than 6 months. This does not mean every baby should begin at 4 months, rather at some point in between these two ages, when the baby shows readiness. The Australian Society for Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)
supports this and has influenced many health professionals' recommendations. In the food allergy articles in the November 2012 issue of Community Paediatric Review
, two paediatric allergists from the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne recommend introducing solids around 6 months.
The advice to begin solids before 6 months is based on several recent population studies, mostly from Europe.3 These have suggested that introduction and frequent exposure to food allergens from 4-6 months reduce the risk of allergies rather than increase it.