Texas WIC News, Volume 19, Number 5, September/October 2010 Page: 4
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Infant Guide '1b Staiting Solids:
by Roxanne Robison, RD.
C SHC N Nutritio n C o nsulta nt
I f there is one thing that is clear about in-
troducing complimentary foods, it is that
there is no agreement on when and what
to start feeding that is right for all infants.
The American Association of Pediatrics has
supported exclusive breastfeeding for about
the first 6 months of age, but recognizes that
infants are often developmentally ready to
accept complementary foods between four
and six months.
Whe n 'b Sta rt So lid s
It is important not to be in a rush to start solids.
One reason is that baby's intestines need to
mature. Between four and seven months, a
baby's intestinal lining becomes more selective
about what to let through and this increases
its ability to filter out any potential allergens.
Young babies are also born with a tongue-
thrust reflex that protects the infant against
choking. Between four and six months this
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