When should you introduce your little one to baby cereal?

Laura - posted on 06/21/2013 ( 34 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 2 months on the 28th, is she still to little to start baby cereal? Obviously she would still nurse and I would pump for her and it wouldn't be a huge amount. Her dad and I were talking about it and he thinks it's a good idea, but I'm not to sure. It's something I haven't researched enough and before I change her diet even a little bit I definitely need more information!

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Aleks - posted on 06/24/2013

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I whole heartedly agree with what the 2 ladies before me have stated.

No, 2 months is way too young for solids for all of the reasons outlined.

Google "virgin gut" and have a read of what some of the link state...here is a small taste:
from: http://www.thealphaparent.com/2011/07/vi...

What is the Virgin Gut?

Until around six months of age babies have what is often referred to as an “open gut”. This means the spaces between the cells of the small intestine will allow large molecules to pass directly into their bloodstream. Consequently, as well as the beneficial antibodies in breastmilk passing into baby's bloodstream, allergy-triggering proteins from other foods, disease-causing pathogens and other nasties can also pass through.
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Here comes the killer fact. Only small amounts of formula or solid foods cause a shift that destroys this environment, changing acidity and destroying the immunoglobulins that coat mucosal surfaces. “Just one formula supplement per 24 hours will result in an almost immediate shift from breastfed to formula-fed gut flora - in which good bacteria (Bifidobacteria) are no longer dominant” (Mackie, Sghir, Gaskins. Bullen, Tearle, Stewart). This means that your baby is more likely to develop allergies later on as your baby's gut becomes 'sensitized' (Lim 2009). The process has been described as follows:
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It’s no mean feat exclusively breastfeeding when everyone around you (in-laws, friends, health visitors) are pressuring you with formula top-ups, juice and boiled water, as well as cracking open the wallpaper paste baby rice whenever a growth spurt threatens a night’s sleep. ... "

Also:
http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-s...

"Delaying solids decreases the risk of food allergies.
It is well documented that prolonged exclusive breastfeeding results in a lower incidence of food allergies (see Allergy References). From birth until somewhere between four and six months of age, babies possess what is often referred to as an “open gut.” This means that the spaces between the cells of the small intestines will readily allow intact macromolecules, including whole proteins and pathogens, to pass directly into the bloodstream.This is great for your breastfed baby as it allows beneficial antibodies in breastmilk to pass more directly into baby’s bloodstream, but it also means that large proteins from other foods (which may predispose baby to allergies) and disease-causing pathogens can pass right through, too. During baby’s first 4-6 months, while the gut is still “open,” antibodies (sIgA) from breastmilk coat baby’s digestive tract and provide passive immunity, reducing the likelihood of illness and allergic reactions before gut closure occurs. Baby starts producing these antibodies on his own at around 6 months, and gut closure should have occurred by this time also. See How Breast Milk Protects Newborns and The Case for the Virgin Gut for more on this subject. "


Hope this helps a little bit in the start of your research.

Samantha - posted on 06/28/2013

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NO. Cereal is like pure sugar for them, it is void of nutrients, they will fill up on it and not get enough from breast milk, and it can cause constipation and all sorts of other digestive issues. You need to wait until she can actually sit up on her own, that is when her digestive system is mature enough to handle solids, and look up the WhiteOut campaign and go for whole grains, or whole foods like avocado, sweet potato, etc before you do grains.

Jenniffer - posted on 06/27/2013

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At 2 months old her throat is not developed enought for sold foods. you need to talk to her doctor before giving her any sold food.

Leslie - posted on 06/30/2013

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I did after the first four weeks. sorry I was raise different. I need my sleep and it help. my daughter is a big eater. since now she is 37inches and only 2 1/2. you know when it right just trust you mother way.

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Kimberly - posted on 07/01/2013

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Most doctors recommend not giving your infant food (other than formula or breastmilk) until 4 months of age some wait until 6 months of age. It seems recent research indicates it is better to hold off on solid foods longer as most nutrition baby requires comes from breastmilk or formula. Personally I waited till my boys were 4 months (with the exception of my oldest who spit up a lot and my doctor recommended weighing down his formula with some rice cereal to try to alleviate the problem) to give cereal and encountered no issues when making switch. I would definitely recommend discussing with your pediatrician as he/she has firsthand knowledge of your daughter's health and growth progression and is in position to make most informed recommendation for you. Best of luck!

Brandi - posted on 07/01/2013

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Speak with your babies doctor. Recently it was recommended to hold off on solid foods until 6 months and now the recommendation is between 4 to 6 months. You and your doctor would be the best judge of this. Check out the information from the World Health Organization. But 2 months would be considered too young to start. Best of luck.

Alvilda - posted on 07/01/2013

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No cereal at least until she is 6 months old. Try not to pump so much and put her to breast as much as you can. I realize you might be back at work , but as soon as you have her with you put her to breast Mothing boosts production like their suckling. The pump foesn't do it somehow. Also let her feed fully (for as long as she wants) on one breast before switching breasts. The back milk is much higher in calories and fat and will suatain her longer. Best wishes and congratulations. I have 3 kids all breastfed until past their first birthday. The first one was the most diffucult but I was sure glad to have stuck with it. Lots of savings and kids who hardly ever get sick.

Elaine Melissa - posted on 07/01/2013

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2 months too early her digestive system under developed. May lead to health issues like constipation, eczema and other complications. Cereals will tear the inner lining of the tummy as her tummy can only digest breast milk at 2 months. Breast is best

Tracey - posted on 07/01/2013

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Actually, I've seen a recommendation--think it was from WHO--to delay cereals to 1-2 years, because babies do not develop the needed enzymes to properly digest them until between 12-24 months. Researchers believe that early introduction of cereals may be behind the epidemic of obesity, allergies, asthma, and even autism. Sending undigested grains into a baby's bloodstream causes all kinds of havoc in many different systems, and that is what happens when you introduce cereals before the baby has the enzymes to break the grains down. They are rough little molecules and will quite literally rub holes in their digestive systems in various places!

Natalie - posted on 07/01/2013

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the America Acadamey of Pediactrics (AAP.org) recomends feeding exclusive breastmilk for the first six months. : )

Ariyibi - posted on 06/30/2013

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I think its good to start from 6 months to allow her develop enough to process it. Besides introducing cereal early may reduce her intake of breast milk naturally as she can't consume more than her body really needs. Once she is full there will be no need demanding for a lot of breast milk unlike if she on full breast milk. I think 2 months is damn too early.

Ariyibi - posted on 06/30/2013

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I think it will be nice to introduce cereal at 5 months to allow her strong enough to digest properly. Besides if you introduce it early, it may naturally reduce her milk intake via breast.

Rose - posted on 06/29/2013

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My doctor told me that my son didn't need anything but breast milk first year as long as they are satisfied with it otherwise 4 months is when you can start or 6 months.

Candace - posted on 06/28/2013

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NO cereal!!! Bottle or Breast until she is 6 months, minimum. Then after that just go with pureed fruit...bananas, apples or mangoes. Give her the same food for at least a few days before introducing other foods. Start out slow, only 1-2 times per day unless she really takes to it. Watch for any reactions and stop giving anything that causes diarrhea, rash or other obvious discomfort. Follow her cues, and don't push anything that she will not willingly take to easily. Good Luck!

Laura - posted on 06/28/2013

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Thanks everyone. Of course before I ever do anything concerning Josslynn, I always talk to her Doctor!

Carolyn - posted on 06/28/2013

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I'd wait til she was at least 6 months, but I'd definitely ask your doc beforehand

Karen - posted on 06/27/2013

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Are you serious?
Why would you even think of giving a 2 month old cereal? That is way too young all she needs is milk!!!!

Heather - posted on 06/27/2013

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I don't think there is any reason to feed your baby cereal at 2 months they're only babies for such a short time why not just feed them formula or nurse them yes maybe formula is more expensive than the cereal but that is just part of having a baby I guess and if it would happen to be a financial burden there's places that help you get free formula

Kerre - posted on 06/27/2013

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No - you can't feed her anything but breastmilk until at least 4 months but now peds recommend 6 months. Ask your ped and they'll say the same thing - Basic rule don't feed her anything until she can sit up unassisted.

Chimila - posted on 06/26/2013

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Hi Laura first of all congrats for been a mummy.Well my baby just turned 5 month this 26th june and i still feed her breast milk and formula.I hvnt fed her with cereal.I believe more ur baby drinks milk its better for now as she is very young to eat cereal.So i would suggest for u to wait atleast for her to be 4 months old.

Molly - posted on 06/25/2013

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Am now afraid aftr reading bria.s mail coz I started my baby wen shi was 2 weeks but now cant stop her her coz shi crys if I dnt give her solids thank,you moms for ideas

Briana - posted on 06/25/2013

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The association of American pediatrics recommends 4 months, the world health association recommends 6 months, so yes it is too early. It can cause gut issues in babies that age since their gut is not mature enough to handle it. It is a myth that babies sleep longer at night when given cereal perpetuated by years of old wives tales. Not to mention rice cereal is empty calories and full of iron which can constipate baby.

Chana - posted on 06/25/2013

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ask your doctor before giving any food. the earliest recommendation I have heard is 4 months and thats if the signs are there-as others have mentioned-such as sitting up, showing an interest.

Lori - posted on 06/25/2013

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First off, why aren't u discussing this with her dr? 2 mo is way too young. My son started cereal at 4 mo but it was thru his dr cuz he was underweight n spitting up so much. Ur breastmilk is plenty for her right now n that's all she needs. As she gets older n closer to 6 mo if it seems like she needs more n is more hungry then introduce foods but I sure would not do it at 2 mo.

Jenn - posted on 06/25/2013

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I fed all 4 of my children cereal from 2 months on and continued to breast feed and pump. They are all healthy, have no food allergies and are not overweight. They are 18, 14, 8 and 3.

Arielle - posted on 06/25/2013

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Please do not give her cereal. The recommeneded age is 4 months, but research is showing it's healthier in the long run to wait until 6 months. And this includes letting them "taste" food. Studies are showing that eatly intruduction to solid food leads to a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, ecsema, and a few others. Please only give her breast milk or formula for as long as possible.

Kim - posted on 06/25/2013

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2 months is way too early for any kind of cereal or any solid foods. Recommendation is 6 months for both. I'd wait till she is 6 months to introduce anything other than breastmilk and/or formula. Babies digestive systems are just not strong enough that young. Plus, she needs to be able to sit up on her own, hold her head up, be able to move her tongue from front to back of her mouth and show interest in food. Look for all those signs before you think about giving your baby any kind of solid food.

Why are you thinking about starting her so early on cereal anyway?

Sally - posted on 06/24/2013

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Why does her dad think it's a good idea? It'll be easier to explain to him why it would be bad for her if you know why he wants to do it.
Even baby food companies say to wait until 4 months and the American Academy of Pediatrics says no sooner than 6 months. More importantly, she needs to be able to sit without support, lose her tongue thrust reflex, and show interest in eating. Most kids do those somewhere between 6 and 18 months. Feeding her before she's ready (and age is not a guarantee of readiness--the recommendation is AT LEAST 6 months of age) can set her up for a lifetime of digestive issues.

Jodi - posted on 06/21/2013

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Recommendations are 6 months old. Before that, their digestive systems are not mature enough to handle solid foods, and it research indicates feeding solids too early can lead to life-long digestive problems. Additionally, they continue to need the nutrients in either breastmilk or formula, and by giving them solids, you may be taking those valuable nutrients out of their diet.

Your baby is too young.

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