When To Start Cereal Rice In Breastfed Baby

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Lynn - January 1

When do you start this stuff in br___tfed baby? My dh says at 2 months, I say no way that's too early. 4 months at the earliest is what I say... what has everyone else done? I know you start earlier in formula fed babies & also in babies with some other issues like GERD and reflux and stuff.....


Christy - January 1

My mom tried to tell me 6 weeks b/c that is what they did back when I was born. Got into a huge fight over that one! Anyway, I thought six months, but you could go a little sooner if the following are happening: Baby can sit up well without support. Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue. Baby is ready and willing to chew. Baby is developing a “pincer” grasp, where he picks up food or other objects between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and sc___ping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) does not subst_tute for pincer grasp development. Baby is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in his mouth. I got that list from Kellymom. There is a lot of good info on starting solids there even though they to tend to promote bf as long as possible on that site.


mama-beans - January 1

I followed my Ped's advice and exclusively b___stfed for the first 6 months, then we slowly moved on to feeding her rice cereal after that.


Shannon - January 1

my ped said i can start gradually introducing my girl to cereal at 4 months old. i'm looking forward to it. :-) i'm still gonna b___stfeed primarily, though.


Deb - January 1

6 months seems to be the earliest agreed upon time nowadays. I am waiting 'till 12 months with this one due to allergies. They don't need any thing but b___stmilk for the first year, and anything that doesn't provide nutrition will actually rob the baby of nutrients. They don't have much space in those little tummies, so we need to be careful to fill them well. I was so shocked at the holidays when my cousin was feeding his 8 month old icecream, cake, cookies, and chips. That child ate nothing but sugar for 3 days straight! Have to say that her behavior was nothing to be desired.


HEATHER - January 1

My daughter turned 4 months last night and we tried some really milky rice cerael, She has been super interested when we eat and lately at dinner time she usually sits in the bouncer with us while we eat and we've been having to put her in another room cause she gets super fussy. So we started giving her a spoon a few weeks ago with nothing on it and she puts it in her mouth while we eat, and also I experimented with giving her a sippy cup with some b___b milk in it and she loved it and knew how to work it by herself. So I figured she is ready to try it. I thought it would help her sleep threw the night since the last 3 weeks she has been waking hungry when she used to sleep 8-10 hours. Needless to say she still woke at 4 am. I think it may just be she wants to cuddle cause durring the night feedings I pull her into bed and she cuddles with me till the morning.


Lynn - January 1

Thanks for the responses. I am all about b___stfeeding exclusively for 6 months. the MIL gave hers cereal from day one - so that she could sleep at night. I have a lot of people telling me to do that just at night to help them sleep through the night, Personally, I don't think its to help them sleep, I think parents do it so that THEY can sleep & to me, that seems selfish, especially if you are risking allergies and possibly obesity with it. I'll just keep open to the idea that she may be ready for something a little earlier than 6 months, but my plan has always been 6 months of just the b___b & then introduce other things. My SIL is in sweden & they never even did the cereal thing, they went straight from b___stmilk to baby food.. anyone ever heard of this?


Ruby - January 1

MIne daughter is five months and I just started spoon feeding her ceral in the morning I never put it in bottles she still dosnt really eat just makes a mess but she will eventually My doc says as early as 4 months no later than 6 months then ad a new food ebery week or so so you can see if they have a bad reaction to it. Id wait util your baby was at least 4 months old


Ruby - January 1

I mean MY daughter ha ha MIne daughter thats funny


TC - January 1

Yeah, I have heard of that. Some countries don't do the cereal thing. Some countries don' t feed baby food the way we do in the states, and other countries. United States is the country that has the biggest obesity problem. Maybe we should take a look at our neighbors and see how they do it. I still wonder though, if it is feeding them too early that leads to obesity then what doesall of the candy, junk food and fast food do to them. Go figure.



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