Cereal

Brooke - posted on 07/17/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I'm a first time mom & I am breast feeding & I'm not sure if breast feeding moms are suppose to try to give their babies cereal.. HELP!

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Jo - posted on 07/19/2013

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It's a misconception by many people that babies need to be given cereal because breast milk is not enough. Your breast milk (unless you are having problems producing enough) has the right balance of nutrients that your baby needs. Some moms make a schedule while others like Lori stated breast fed on demand which is what I also did with my kids. Your baby's digestive track is not mature enough until about 6 months of age. At 6 months you can introduce a rice cereal and see how the baby does. Rice cereal is the least to cause allergic reactions in children and that is why it is usually recommended first. If in doubt ask your baby's pediatrician and they can help you in regards to your child's nutritional needs.

Lori - posted on 07/18/2013

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I never scheduled my babies nursings. I always nursed on demand until each was over 1 year old. However: that being said, they did sort of settle into a routine of sorts after about 3 months old. I never watched the clock to say "ok, it's 10:00 time to nurse" but I knew that sometime around then my baby would be ready to nurse.

When your baby is ready to start solids, you'll want to remember that starting solids is to get your baby used to new tastes and textures. It's not supposed to be what fills them up yet. Breastmilk should be your babies main source of nutrition until her first birthday.

I found that lunch time was an easy time for me to start offering my baby solid food. She had already nursed, and I wanted to sit down to eat.. so I'd put her in the high chair and offer her some food. For the first several weeks I only offered solid food once per day. With my second one since she didn't like being spoon fed I'd give her something to play with/eat on her tray while I ate. Pretty quickly that turned into offering her solids anytime I was eating. Sometimes she'd eat some, other times she wouldn't. There were still some days as we approached her first birthday that she wouldn't eat any solid foods. Just nursed. And that's normal and healthy. There were other days when she'd eat half a banana, and some cheerios, and some puffs, and some avocado.

I've also attached some links to the kellymom website about starting solids. Kellymom is a wonderful resource for any nursing mom.

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

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

Brooke - posted on 07/17/2013

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Thank you! She's actually only 6 weeks old & everybody started asking if I was going to start cereal & I had no idea when I would even begin that. When you start solid foods, how are you suppose to schedule when the baby breast feeds or when they eat solid foods?

Lori - posted on 07/17/2013

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How old is your baby?

Solids don't need to be started until after your baby is 6 months old. And cereal is NOT necessary. Personally, I started my girls with carrots and then sweet potatoes. My older one loved baby food and we moved on to peas, and green beans, then bananas, apples, and pears. My 2nd baby wanted nothing to do with baby food - would just spit it right out...even at 7 and at 8 months old. I figured out she wanted to feed herself, so she moved to cheerios, and chunks of banana that she could pick up herself. I found some decent info on feeding baby by google searching "baby led weaning". It's not just about weaning off breastmilk, but about letting baby lead the way with what solid foods to eat too.

baby cereals are enriched with iron and other vitamins. If you have a healthy diet, then your breastfed baby doesn't need all the extra vitamins from an "enriched" cereal. And... many cereals will constipate baby. I did offer cereals to my first baby, but after reading more about what a baby needs - especially a breastfed baby - I didn't even bother offering them to my 2nd.

The push to start baby on cereal (especially young babies) began many years ago because formulas were not as good as they are now (and even now, nowhere close to as good as breast milk). Many formula fed babies were becoming anemic, so they found that adding some iron fortified rice cereal helped. Adding cereal to babies diet will NOT help your baby sleep through the night (as many claim), and is NOT necessary.

If your baby is over 6 months and you want to offer cereal, by all means go for it.... just make sure you also offer fruits and veggies too. :)

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