A new study finds that formula fed babies started too early on solid foods are more likey to be obese compared to those that are breast fed alone. According to the report, babies who were given solid foods before 4 months of age were six times more likely to become obese by age 3.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents delay solid foods until at least 4-6 months. Interestingly, breast fed babies had no increased risk of obesity regardless of when they were started on solids. Doctors recommend mothers breast feed exclusively for the first 6 months of life, and continue until at least a year while other foods are introduced along the way. 75% of American babies are breast fed, half of those nursed for less than 4 months.