I got Adam weighed today - he's 15 weeks and doing nicely - he grew slowly in the early weeks, followed the 9th centile but is up to the 25th centile now. Exclusively breastfed. The nurse seemed quite keen to push that we should start to think of weaning at 17 weeks.
I said, having read a lot of MN threads, but there's more calories in breast milk than carrot puree. She said, some babies need solid food earlier.
When I last got Adam weighed 2 weeks ago, the nurse then was pushing for earlier weaning too. But the official advice is now 6 months, I said. Both the nurses said that if you wait till 6 months you have to "rush the stages" of getting baby used to solid food in different varieties.
Do they have a point? I haven't seen the "rushed stages" argument anywhere else.
I had that situation with DS, he was light and was advised to wean at 4 mnths - he only menaged a teaspoon of purre a day . today 5 y old still eats v liittle but healthy. DD oposite - very heavy, always hungry, now 4,5mnths and I was advised to wait till she is 6, but I'm sure she would be happy to eat solids today I think u should do what u think is best
Just do what you think is best. IMO, HVs are there to advise you to best of their knowledge/experience but it is ultimately your decision and responsibility. Don't be pressured.
OK, so maybe if you leave it till 6 months you have to keep a good pace of introducing new foods and all that, but surely better that than start too early and cause damage?! I'm sure you will still have enough time to do right by your LO.
So ditto above - do what you think/know to be best
WTF are they talking about "rushed stages"? There is absolutely no need to wean your DS early. They should be saying "food is fun until they are one". There is no pressure to certain foods in them. Follow your instinct.
The good thing about waiting until 6 months is that you can give your baby anything so you can do it totally at their pace. I started with purees, added lumps when I thought DS could handle it, same with finger foods. No need to rush at all.