Can I mix water with my 6mo's cereal?

Valerie - posted on 04/16/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone! I'm new to the group, but have been reading everyone's advice for a while now and love it. I now have a question I need some help with my son.

I've been feeding my 6mo old son strictly breast milk and hopefully can continue till he's at least a year old. Lately there are times when I feed him, I feel like he's not getting enough and will cry. I know he's teething & that's something to consider, but I really think there are times I'm low. I just started giving him crereal yesterday mixed with breastmilk. Once in the morning & again at night. He didn't do very well with last nights feeding, so I gave him the remainder in the bottle with just a bit of warm water added to it, along with my breastmilk. He did very good morning, but now with tonight's breastfeeding, he hasn't eaten much & I though maybe some cereal would help fill his tummy a little.

Finally the question. Since I'm on empty right now, can I mix boiled water with the cereal and give it to him?

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Valerie - posted on 04/17/2015

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Thank you for your advice Jody. I ended up not mixing water with his cereal, nor did I give it to him in a bottle. I ended up giving him what I had left of cereal that I made earlier in the day. It really wasn't much, but just a good continuation of learning how. I really appreciate your help.
Thanks,
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Jodi - posted on 04/17/2015

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You shouldn't supplement with water. If you are going to supplement, do it with formula. But really, if your breastmilk isn't enough, you need to be breastfeeding more frequently to build up your supply, not supplementing, but its not a good idea to fill him up with water as a supplement (even mixed with cereal).

And you should NEVER be feeding your baby cereal in a bottle. You should be feeding it to him on a spoon. Feeding a baby cereal in a bottle is a choking hazard.

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