how early to introduce rice cereal ?

Annie - posted on 01/20/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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im exclusivly breastfeeding and like to know when i can introduce some solids kaitlyn is 3 month 1 week x

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To clarify...my son is now almost six and healthy as a horse. He is wearing size 6 1/2 clothing and very busy!

It is not needed for every baby, but there are those that need the extra to stay full enough to be comfortable. If your baby is undersized don't. If your baby is on the larger size (length not weight) and fussy seeming to not get full give them cereal. Their bodies NEED it.

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Jessica - posted on 01/21/2009

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im a mother to a 14wk old son. i also work in paediatrics at womens and childrens hospital. babies should not b offered solids until they r 6mths as they dont have the correct tounge movements to coordinate the swallow until then. solids should also be introduced one a wk to check 4 reactions.

Gabrielle - posted on 01/20/2009

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Quoting Sarah-Jane:

I'm breast feeding my 6 month and have introduced her to soilds. She eats 3 meals a day & still feeds the same amount of breastmilk. She so very strong & healthy, she is even trying to crawl.



I'm doing the same thing with my seven and a half month old as far as 3 meals a day and the same amount of milk production and nursing at least eight times a day... he's a growing baby and enjoying his time with mommy all the while tasting her delish homemade baby food!

Gabrielle - posted on 01/20/2009

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All of the doctors/ peds agree on between the fourth and fifth month, but I personally liked waiting until my tiny bundle was closer to six, just to really ensure that his stomach had indeed matured to withstand the solidarity he was not accustomed to...

Emily - posted on 01/20/2009

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6 months! Actually, more like 7 or 8 months (we didn't start with cereal) 






Babies don't need solids before 6 months. Feeding solids to a baby under 12 months is for practice eating only, the majority of their diet should be breast milk.



Tamara - posted on 01/20/2009

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I think she is still little for rice cereal . But do consider it when she is more than 4 months. My son was 4 and a half months old when I started the solids and I gave him the rice cereal for the first two weeks once a day. And around five months I started with one vegetable meal per day...When they reach two table spoons per meal it is time to give them one more meal and to move to vegetables and then fruit. Now he is 7 1/2 and has three meals per day and I  offer him breast before each meal, he eats everything and he is around 8kg and 500g heavy and around 70 cm tall .



So you can see that he is not an overweight baby.I am saying this because doctors recommend to start solids from 6 months because baby can get diabetes be overweight or can get food allergies in their life.....and yeah their stomach is not ready for food. I don't believe in that because I prefer to give my baby food and breast milk than to top them up with the formula! I had the same problem he started waking up through the night and wasn't putting enough weight so I decided to start solids.



My mom breastfed me and started giving me solids when I was 4 months and I am healthy  not overweight and I dont have diabetis. And  of course i think when you start with solids later babys are more fussier and won't take every food as they do when they are younger . I listened to doctors and didn't gave my son water and the bottle and now I have problems because I can't make him to take any water so I am giving juice from the cup...Talk to a pediatrician and listen to what people have to say and then you as a mother decide what is the best for your baby  all the best

Melissa - posted on 01/20/2009

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I wouldn't give her cereal until 6 months, Their digestive system isn't developed enough to break down food. It is normal for her to eat every hour around 3 months, she maybe going through a growth spirt. My daughter was the same way. She will eventually slow down. My daughter still eats every 2 hours at 9 months. She doe have her days where she is less hungry. check out wholesomebabyfoods.com. Its a great site for when she is ready to start solids.

Christine - posted on 01/20/2009

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Mama's milk is best.  Babies need to nurse often.  Their bodies digest breastmilk easily and quickly.  There is no need to supplement with formula.  Doing this can jeapordize your supply.  Remember, your baby's body is developing rapidly.  Cluster feeding and feeding frequently could indicate teething and/or a growth spurt.  Sometimes they like to suckle for comfort.  Waiting until atleast 6 months to introduce solids is best.  When you do,  try a whole grain brown rice.  Cereal can do a number on breastfed babies bellies because of all of the iron.  If you make it at home, it will be more wholesome and constipation shouldn't be as big of a problem.  I make all of my food for my babe, including some homemade cereal (brown rice and oatmeal).  I mix it with some butternut squash and it is delicious.  He loves it.  My babe is now 9 months old, and we started with avocado, banana and sweet potatoes around 7 months.  These are all great for breastfed babies because they are sweet like your milk.  Enjoy your early moments with your baby.  They pass too quickly.



Check out these websites all about breastfeeding and introducing foods:



http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/



http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...

Sarah-Jane - posted on 01/20/2009

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I'm breast feeding my 6 month and have introduced her to soilds. She eats 3 meals a day & still feeds the same amount of breastmilk. She so very strong & healthy, she is even trying to crawl.

Meghan - posted on 01/20/2009

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And their bodies do not NEED cereal. If that was the case, we wouldn't have breasts (or bottles) to feed them, lol. Ask a pediatrician and they can check your baby to give you the best answer. Also, go on your own judgement because none of us are the ones caring for your lovely little girl :)

Meghan - posted on 01/20/2009

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Our little girl is 25 inches long and weighs 13lbs 5 oz (was only 6 lbs at birth) and shes growing like a weed just on breastmilk (and a bottle of soy formula once in awhile). I'm sure that you'll get it figured out soon! It's nice to have that bond when exclusively breastfeeding, or even when giving baby a bottle before bed. I did that one night when she wouldn't sleep and ever since she's been doing atleast 8 hours a night :)

Crystal - posted on 01/20/2009

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My youngest son got solids at 4 months, my middle child got them at 6 months, but wouldn't really start eating them until 10 months, and with my youngest I waited until 5 1/2 months, because my husband was home on leave. He still mostly breastfeeds and he's 13 months old. He'll eat a little bit during the day but his main nutrition in breastmilk.

Jenna - posted on 01/20/2009

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My baby is also 15lbs 3oz at 3.5 mos and a short chubbster, he oftens eats every two hours but does make it through 5-9 hours at night without feeding. I still plan only to introduce solids at roughly 6 mos.

Meghan - posted on 01/20/2009

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It usually depends on the child, but I would seriously consider talking to a pediatrician (or better, a naturopathic doctor) about it. Some babies cannot handle food at such a young age and it can cause serious health problems, I.E. digestive issues, allergies. It's recommended that a baby be exclusively breastfed for 6 months to give them the best start possible. I have seen mothers give 3 month old babies rice cereal, and their children are grown up with a huge list of health issues. If you feel that baby is not getting enough, talk to your doctor about other options (maybe one bottle a day of formula, even if you don't think it's best) as it is made for a little baby!

Annie - posted on 01/20/2009

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she is a very tall baby 14 weeks old and weighing 15lb 13oz ,

i will be asking the health visitor on thursday when she gets weighed again but i was curious what other mams think she seems to just want my breast constant wont have a dummy or bottle of expressed milk up used to be up every 3 hours through the night for feed but now its getting on every hour!!

i want to keep breastfeeding but just wondering if she needs that solids to keep her contented a little even if its just once a day? xx

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I have started as early as 3 months. That was because my 6th son would not sleep and i had to! Make sure there are lots of fluids or your baby will experience constipation and discomfort that will leave you worried and upset.

Jenna - posted on 01/20/2009

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I was specfically told by my dietician/nutrionist not to introduce them before 6 mos. As babies need nothing more than breastmilk for the first 6 mos. I am exclusively bfing a 3.5 mos old.

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