New study says beginning to feed solid food earlier helps baby get better sleep
Most medical practitioners used to recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed until about 6 months of age and only then begin to introduce solid foods. However, new research suggests that an alternative feeding plan is not onlysafe for babies but might even provide key advantages.
Introducing a child to solid baby foods after just 3 months was associated with significant improvement in nighttime sleep and slightly fewer wakings throughout the week compared with babies who began eating solids later, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
For Dr. Gideon Lack, senior author of the study and a professor and head of the Department of Paediatric Allergy at King's College London, the study's single most important finding was the "more than 50% reduction in the number of families reporting severe sleep disturbances in their babies." Better even, these improvements in sleep seen early on did not end after seven or eight months as the researchers expected but continued throughout the first year of infancy and beyond.
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