The great weaning debate

Breast is still best for babies, according to experts worldwide, but exactly when is the right time to introduce your infant to solid food?

12th February, 2011

Weaning, or the introduction of solid food to infants, is a minefield of confusion and uncertainty for parents and, it seems, medical professionals too, both here and internationally.

There is a large disparity between global recommendations proffered by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Irish Department of Health and the British and American governments concerning the right time to introduce solid foods to infants.

In 2001, the WHO advised that infants should be exclusively breastfed...

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