Study: Many Moms Introduce Solid Foods Too Soon

Updated: 03/25/2013 5:55 PM By: Jennie Olson

There’s a warning for new moms. The Centers for Disease Control says a lot of mothers are feeding their babies solid food before their child’s body can handle it.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends holding off on solid foods until your baby is six months old. But a new study from the CDC found a big chunk of moms feeding their four-month-olds solid foods.

The CDC surveyed around 1,300 moms, and 40 percent of them started feeding their infants solid food before the six-month mark. A small number of them were introducing solid foods as early as four weeks old.

When asked why, many of the moms said “my baby was old enough” or “by baby seemed hungry” or “I wanted to feed by baby something in addition to breast milk or formula.”

"They get information from so many sources – from friends, to relatives, to the internet – that they're not exactly sure what to do,” Dr. Deb Lonzer of Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital said. “They figure, ‘Hey, I may as well try some solid foods. Maybe the baby will sleep better and be happier that way.’”