Water and Cereal...Yes or No?

Megan - posted on 06/12/2013 ( 32 moms have responded )

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My son is 6months on the 28th, I wanted to know if I can mix his rice cereal with water so I have more than 2-3 hours to replenish my milk supply. He nurses from both right and left each feeding every 2.5-3 hours. He has tried butternut squash this far and has never had problems eating from a spoon, a bottle, or breast. He is a happy baby and loves to eat. So there are no issues switching him between things. Please offer your opinion...

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Imbeautifuldawn - posted on 06/19/2013

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Be careful about supplimenting with cereal too early for a couple reasons:
First of all, if you are trying to build your milk supply supplimenting will actually inhibit that. Milk demand for your baby will go up and down with growth spurts and such. if he is needing more nourishment and you are wanting to build your supply then you need him to nurse MORE, not less. and your body will compensate and produce more milk. if you suppliment your supply will go DOWN and not up.
Secondly, giving a baby cereal too early has been linked to allergies to wheat and glutens. so keeping the amounts of grains given to your baby is really important. the best first solids to give your baby are fruits and vegetables. There is a lot of research out there to support this, and lots of suggestions for first foods. See what you can find out.
Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 06/17/2013

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I have 4 kids... 6, 4, 2, and 10 months. They were all breast fed for almost 18 months each (the youngest is still going) but I mixed their cereal with water for all of them all the time! I always boiled it first but it will NOT hurt them! All my kids are perfectly healthy!

Samantha - posted on 06/14/2013

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why don't you skip rice cereal and purees and move on to whole foods? babyledweaning.com has lots of great info. Doesn't make sense to teach them to swallow solids without chewing. also rice cereal and many storebought purees have less nutrients. Breastmilk can fully nourish a baby for up to 1 year....my 11mo is almost exclusively breastfed still, has maybe 1-2 bites of food a day and is still on her curve, which is above 100th percentile according to our ped.

Kathleen - posted on 06/14/2013

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buy a can of powdered baby formula to use with the cereal, the Walmart and Target brands are NOT expensive and are produced by wyeth labs who have a sterling reputation....

Sue - posted on 06/14/2013

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Yes you can but I would use a brand that actually says to mix with water (they generally have some milk solids in them that are safe for babies). I started with cereals first but it isn't necessary. I believe the medical community is just concerned about iron intake when babies start to take less breast milk or formula. Avocados are a good first food to with no need to cook or strain, just open and mash. Just remember to only try one new food for a couple of days at a time to watch for any reactions or allergies.

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Nicolle - posted on 06/22/2013

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Both my kids started thinner cereal at 3 to 4 months because it seemed they were always hungry. I typically used breastmilk or formula when mixing it that early. But by the time they were being spoon fed, I mixed it with water at a thicker consistency since they were more developed. I too added applesauce or different types of fruit baby food to enhance the flavor. They had no problems with this at all. As long as you're using it as a supplement to formula/breastmilk, I see no issue using water to mix the cereal.

Dawn - posted on 06/21/2013

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One good way to do it is use apple sauce.. Most kids love and it has great flavor..
I always mixed the cereal with some type of fruit and water.. It is more filling that way...

Julianne - posted on 06/21/2013

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I would mix his cereal with breast milk that way he is still getting the ultimate nutrition.

Amanda - posted on 06/21/2013

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When my son was only about two months old, he started waking up hungry every hour to two hours. My doctor suggested adding just a small amount of cereal to his formula so it would keep him full longer and we could both sleep more.

Antonette - posted on 06/21/2013

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Some cereals are formulated with added milk nutrients they just have to add water. The cereals packaging will tell. Otherwise I add breastmilk.
I feel too that my baby same age is not getting enough because of frequent feeding. I've been supplementing breastfeeding with solids since when he was to turn 6mos. He was always wabting to feed; was ready for solids.

Tanya - posted on 06/19/2013

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Yes as long as he has 24 oz of formula or nursing and 6 wet diapers that's what I was told and my boy is healthy as ever and now 8 months you stink water right why not mine hated formula that's the only way he would eat it I also once he is used to it and u have tried fruit add a little of that to sweeten it he will love it ( like bananas or prunes ) sounds weird but he will eat it up . Good luck

Keista - posted on 06/19/2013

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I think its ok to put water in cereal. My husband and I use to put water and baby food in her cereal and she loved it!

Sara - posted on 06/18/2013

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I did it, it worked. Best bet is to ask your pediatrician. I put a tiny bit in pumped milk.,

Katie - posted on 06/18/2013

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Under 6 months they shouldn't be having anything but milk anyway. I agree wih the suggestion to do baby led weaning, it's SO much better for everyone. I did it with my youngest and wish I had with my oldest. Breastfeed and finger foods. Perfect combination.

Jen - posted on 06/16/2013

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The Nourishing Traditons book is also very helpful with receipes etc. for babies and growing children.

Jen - posted on 06/16/2013

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I was told that it only takes one hour to replenish milk supply and the more you nurse the more you make. but be sure that the child is emptying both sides. not a fan of water or rice. so my opinion is NO rice Cereal EVER. it is just belly filler and has very little in the way of nutition. Avacados, liver, egg yolk, these would be better starters. are you sure He is getting the hind milk? my first child was tounge tied for a year and we didn't know it and he nursed tons. also our 4th child had a heart condition and after she nursed we spoon fed her the mommy cream that I had pumped because she was not strong enough at first to get it all. babies need fat and veggies are great but not filling. the Lactaion Doctors with Dr. Christina Smilie (not sure the spelling but they are in CT. I think at Stanford University) Were AWSOME and increadibly helpful for me and can do consultations over the phone. hope this helps. God Bless and stay strong.
Jen McManus

Lori - posted on 06/16/2013

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Why not mix it with ur breast milk? He will get the nutrients from u just with a thicker consistency to keep him satisfied. It is really up to the parent in what is decided to give the baby. I have taken care of lots of babies over the years n all have had a different way. Some do just water, cereal mixed with a fruit or veggie with a little water/bm/formula added if it's too thick, mixed with formula, breast milk, some skip cereal al together n just give fruits n veggies. For my first son I mixed with formula. He was underweight n spit up a lot n the dr said to give him a big bowl of cereal before bed n it worked great he slept thru the night n gained some weight. I'm pregnant now n plan to breast feed so I will be mixing cereal with my milk for him.

User - posted on 06/15/2013

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when my children we borne I did it all ,baby' had now problem with food at 6 month , and Rice cereal is good with Milk and water if the baby has now healt problem I am no 6 out of 10 children my mother did't not wait to be told if she can give her Baby food when need be , some Baby need more en Mothers milk , Good luck and a happy Baby to

Heather - posted on 06/14/2013

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Bananas, sweet potatos and squash work real well as a flavor adder. I sometimes mixed the cereal with a little milk ( I expressed and kept it for cereal and such). Her doctor suggested using the rice cereal to start with because she said it was easier for them to digest.

Caterina - posted on 06/14/2013

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There are a lot of beginner cereals for babies. Some require you to add water instead of milk. Just make sure to always boil the water first.
I find there is a difference in taste from one name brand to another. My son didn't like the Nestle mix with water. I spoke to my doctor and he recommended the Milupa name brand. Because of the sweeter taste and thicker consistency my son liked it much better. He is now 6 and a half months and eats up to 5 tablespoons of the rice cereal at one sitting.
As an alternative you might want to try Oatmeal, however, I would get your doctor's approval first.

Christie - posted on 06/14/2013

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Sure you can! Make sure you boil it first though and let cool! I would not mix the cereal in the water and give in a bottle though! Mix cereal in a bowl and give by spoon I would also consider doing a fruit or veggie mixed in as well for flavour! Rice cereal is very bland!

Deanna - posted on 06/14/2013

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Some of the cereals actually use water instead of milk. Nestle has some good ones. But yes, at his age, cereal with water (as long as the cereal calls for it) is fine. :)

Megan - posted on 06/14/2013

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Thank you for the posts, I tried the water first but he did not care for it, he just threw his bottle down. I will go ahead and start trying out different solids. If anybody has any pointers for me or suggestions about anything I am completely open to them. This is our first child and I had never babysat or taken care of any kids before having him.

Mary - posted on 06/14/2013

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I agree with Dove...skip the rice cereal altogether. It's pretty bland, and has very little nutritional value. It can also be constipating. I personally started with pureed fruits. Breast milk is pretty sweet (supposedly - I can't say I ever tried my own), so it made sense to me that she would be more prone to accepting fruits. We started with bananas.

Heather - posted on 06/13/2013

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I had to supplement my daughter with cereal younger than that. She was hungry so often that I wouldn't have gotten any rest if I didn't. She had no health issues as a result of eatting early so I wouldn't worry.

Michelle - posted on 06/13/2013

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You dont have to wait til your child is exaclty 6months before you wean on to solids.if your baby wants milk more than normal and waking in the night and not satisfied then most likely they are ready.good luck from a mum who breast fed both children up til a year and fed solids earlier because my instinct told me.

Marilyn - posted on 06/13/2013

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I mixed my sons' rice cereal with carrots, squash, green beans, prunes, whatever. I also used water, but they didn't like it that way nearly as much. Ask your pediatrician if it would be okay to mix rice milk with the rice cereal--it'll taste better, and be more nutritious!

Dove - posted on 06/12/2013

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Sure you can mix rice cereal with water. It really doesn't have much of a taste though and giving him fruits or veggies is more nutritional. Rice cereal is pretty much just a pointless filler.

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