Mia Tell Me About No Cereal

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kaylynnsmom - January 16

Hey Mia, I saw your post on the cereal thread. If you don't do cereal, then at what do you start introducing solids & what do you start with? I am br___tfeeding and the more I research cereal, the more I realize it is a very unnecessary step, especially if, like me, you plan on br___tfeeding exclusively for 6 months. So, how do you start you kids on solids, just start on veggies & regular bay food stuff or what?

 

Lisastar9 - January 16

I am not Mia but I bf exclusively for six months and then started rice cereal . My second was 5 1/2 months old when I started cereal.

 

Mommy - January 16

I'm not Mia either, obviously, but usually you can start the baby on solids by giving it to him/her once a day using 1st foods and see how he/she does on it. 1st foods come in fruit and veggies and if you are iffy you can add a bit of fruit babyfood to the cereal to flavor it. Hope I helped a little. Sorry if it seems I b___ted in.

 

Mia - January 16

Hey kaylynnsmom - We exclusively bfeed for 6 months as well, then see if baby's ready to eat. With our first, she wasn't ready till she was 11 months old - she refused everything - when she was ready, we introduced regular adult foods (bypa__sing cereal and baby food altogether). Never had any problems. The main reason we skip cereal though, is because like you, we found out it's pretty much unnecessary. Cereal was invented for the formula fed baby who needed additional iron boosts at early ages. BF babies don't need it. And introducing it (or any other iron fortified food or vitamin) while bfeeding actually messes up the baby's iron stores, making the iron no longer available to just the baby but bacteria now, too. We exclusively bf till about 6-7 months, then introduce homemade baby foods one at a time, unless we get another baby like our first who just skips them altogether! My pediatrician is aware of this, agrees it's not really necessary anyway, and also isn't shocked to hear that we don't "do" juices or milk, either. But he probably think we're just weird. :)

 

Mia - January 16

correction: I wrote: And introducing it (or any other iron fortified food or vitamin) while bfeeding actually messes up the baby's iron stores.... SHOULD read: And introducing it (or any other iron fortified food or vitamin) while EXCLUSIVELY bfeeding actually messes up the baby's iron stores... And to add to this, if we ever feel worried about iron stores, a simple blood test can tell us if Baby is needing the iron boost or not. So far, our babies' iron scores have been off the charts, with just bmilk alone.

 

Mia - January 16

sigh - "off the charts" meaning waaaaay above average. Good grief, I should get things right the first time. :)

 

AutumnsMommy - January 16

Mia, this sounds interesting....Autumn is BF exclusively and I have been thinking of skipping cereal too. How long is it ok to feed her BM only? It never occured to me, but it makes sense that cereal was invented for the formula fed baby. Thanks in advance!

 

Mia - January 16

http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/first-foods.html AutumnsMommy - check out the above link. It's one place where I got some info... (remove any dashes EXCEPT for the one between first-foods) Like I said, we BF exclusively till 11 months with our first. Ped said you can bf exclusively up to a year.

 

kaylynnsmom - January 17

Thanks Mia. I have found in my own research that_t reallyis not needed in the b___stfed baby as my b___stmilk changes to accomodate the baby's needs. Thanks for your help!

 

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