How much cereal?

Lauren - posted on 01/15/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I started cereal Monday in addition to her normal breastfeeding. I followed the directions on the box and did 5 tbsp breastmilk and 1 tbsp cereal. The next evening I did 4 tbsp breastmilk and 1 tbsp cereal. How much cereal and breastmilk/formula should I give? What is the goal? All the box says is your desired consistency. I think it would be so much easier for her to eat if it were thicker?

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Angela - posted on 01/18/2009

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I started Grace out with 3-4 tbsp of apple juice/breast milk to 1 tbsp of rice cereal. Rice cereal constipated her so I switched her to oatmeal. I give her 2 tbsp of apple juice to 1 tbsp of cereal. Then in the evening I give her 2 tbsp of breast milk to 1 tbsp of oatmeal. I also tried barley cereal and it comes out more watery than the oatmeal cereal does- weird. I also add 1 1/4 oz of fruit with each cereal serving.

Danielle - posted on 01/16/2009

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yeah it is easier to eat thicker. i give my son his really thick he wont eat it any other way. its fine for you to make it as thick as you like only oyu know hiw your baby will like it

Lorilynne - posted on 01/15/2009

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I pretty much just eyeball it too.  I pour a little and then add some liquid and just mix until it looks right.  If he wants more I'll make him more but he usually doesn't finish the amount I've made.

Nancy - posted on 01/15/2009

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If she's doing well with swallowing then making it thicker is definitely easier to feed! My son is eating 4 tbsp of cereal to about 2 or so tbsp of liquid...I can't say exactly how much because we just eyeball it - try not to be too concerned with the box instructions...there isn't a wrong way of mixing it...if she is hungry enough to eat 2 or 3 tbsp of cereal then let her at it! :0) Good luck.

Lorilynne - posted on 01/15/2009

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When you first start out it should be fairly runny but each day, make it a little thicker so your child will start practing "chewing".   For my son, I make it to where it won't run off the spoon and he likes it so much better than when we first started out.  You only want a couple of tablespoons prepared cereal. 

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