Jodi - posted on 09/11/2010 ( 60 moms have responded )
Not in this community, thankfully, but in others, I am getting very tired of seeing mothers advise one another to give their small infants, 2 and 3 month olds, rice cereal....In a bottle to boot!!!!!!!
I don't know if anyone here does this, if you do, would you please NOT reccomend this to other mothers? Besides being dangerous in the idea that an infant can choke on thickened formula (or breastmilk), their little tummy's don't contain the proper bacteria to digest the proteins found in rice cereal causing tummy aches and constipation. Not to mention that rice cereal is nutrient deficient for an infants needs, I was told to not even bother with rice cereal when beginning "solids" due to it's nutrient deficiency.
There is no proof it helps babies sleep longer as babies both who have had rice cereal and those who don't may or may not sleep through the night, it's a coin toss. I don't get the idea behind filling your young child with potentially harmful crap that does nothing for their health besides deprive them of the nutrients they DO need in the form of formula or breastmilk!!!!
I had to vent this one out as I'm sick of being nice to other mothers and trying to supply them with information leading them to conclude that rice cereal is NOT appropriate for an infant. Thanks for listening!