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Old 01-14-2011, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Chicago's burbs
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Interesting new study that exclusively breastfeeding for 6 months may not be best, and beginning to wean to solids as early as 4 months may prevent anemia and allergies:
Breastfeeding study raises doubts over guidelines - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110114/ts_afp/healthchildrenresearchbritain - broken link)
Just goes to show you that recommendations are changing all the time.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:03 AM
 
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Careful, you're about to be barraged with links from the La Leche League just before being tarred, feathered and run out of town.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:13 AM
 
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We need a breastfeeding subforum.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:15 AM
 
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Careful, you're about to be barraged with links from the La Leche League just before being tarred, feathered and run out of town.
Why would this offend people who breastfeed? The study does not say to wean at 4 months (or even 6 months). It says that it may be beneficial to introduce solids (in addition to breastfeeding or formula feeding) at 4 months rather then the current reccomendation of 6. It's one of many studies.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:16 AM
 
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We still need a breastfeeding subforum.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:32 AM
 
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I read the article prior to stating my two cents.
It is wishy washy.
The researchers for this particular study came to this conclusion while others still commit to sticking to breastfeeding only until 6 months.

Every baby is different & has different needs. That doesn't require research.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Every baby is different & has different needs. That doesn't require research.
Amen. My oldest started reaching for food on our plates at around 6 months; my youngest, at 3 months! Follow your baby's cues, you can't go wrong.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:57 AM
 
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We still need a breastfeeding subforum.
Word.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Chicago's burbs
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The headline of this article is kind of midleading, its more about the best age to introduce solids than it is about breastfeeding.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Hillsborough
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Lot's of problems with this "study". (It's not actually a new study, just a review)

Here is the response from UNICEF, which basically tears it apart. (See, not from La Leche League )
http://www.babyfriendly.org.uk/pdfs/...cle_140111.pdf

Note: This was a British journal. They use the word "weaning" to mean adding solid foods, not to mean cessation of breastfeeding as it is commonly used in the US.
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