rice cereal

Julie - posted on 01/23/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )




For breastfeeding moms, whats best month you incorporated cereal? And did your baby breastfeed less at that point?


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Crystal - posted on 01/25/2009




My oldest started cereal at 4 months, my daughter started at 6 months, and my youngest started at 5.5 months.

None of my kids ate a lot of solids until they were around 8-9 months old, my daughter didn't really eat solids until 11 months, she'd rather nurse. My youngest nurses more than he eats solids, but he will eat a little bit at every meal with us.

Tamara - posted on 01/24/2009




We skipped the cereal and the purees and went right to finger food. (soft cooked carrots, avocado, sweet potatoes, baked potatos, etc.)

Carly - posted on 01/24/2009




 I started my little guy on cereal at 4 months, he still nursed just as often. But it made his pooping more frequent.  I did have some problems with hard poo and a little consitpation with the Gerber rice cereal ( I think it may have more fillers). So I feed him Happybellies, its a doctor Sears Organic brown rice ceral. He does really good with this stuff and I just started him on the oatmeal (6mo's).  He has started to nurse less with the oatmeal! (I also mix in fruits and veggies). The directions for the first time feeding were too thin and it just leaked out of his mouth so I thickened it up a little and he took to it a lot better! Good luck!

Shannon - posted on 01/24/2009




My son started on cereal at 4 months also... his nursing did not change however... he didn't care for rice much, it constipated him and made fora generally miserable kid! So onto oatmeal we went, and now at 5 months, I use oatmeal to thicken fruits and rice to thicken veggies... and he does great, still nurses 8 times a day on top of two "meals"

Staci - posted on 01/24/2009




I started my daughter at 4 months - right after her 4 mo Dr visit.  Yes, the nursing decreased after the cereal was introduced.  I have always mixed the cereal with expressed milk instead of water though so she is still getting just as much milk as she always did, but just now in a different form...

Christine - posted on 01/24/2009




I was never a huge fan of cereal, especially the stuff on the shelves.  It is so weird to me that it is known for to be the best first food for babies, because it really doesn't have a very high nutritional value.  Same as other ladies said too, about the iron.  When you are ready to start, try making your own.  It is so simple, more wholesome and without the fortified iron you will skip the awful constipation.  I started making my son whole grain brown rice mixed with butternut squash around 7 1/2 months.  It is so yummy! 

Here is one of many great resources to making your own baby food:


Chelsea - posted on 01/24/2009




I started my 5.5 month old on cereal at 4 months and we just started the baby food lastnight.... she still doesn't nurse any less! All babies are different though, and I have heard 6 months is best! If your baby doesn't let you get much sleep at night cereal SOMETIMES will help!

Melissa - posted on 01/24/2009




oh and I forgot, because my kids have problems with "baby" cereal, you can also take dry regular oatmeal,and grind it up in a chopper/blender, and then cook it. My kids like it better, and when they are a little older, I use some of the fruit ones.

Melissa - posted on 01/24/2009




I skip the crereal alltogether, it causes very bad constipation in my kids, so does any extra-iorn formula or food. I only use it to help thicken up a runny fruit or veggie, and then only a tbl. at a time.

I don't do things "by the book", every child is different.One of my girls wouldn't eat ANY food until she was 9 months old!! and I tried everything with her! The only reason I even did have to start her was b/c I found out I was P/G again!And she pretty much went right to table food, she never did like any of the "baby" foods. I just mushed up whatever we were eating, and found out she didn't mind carrots, or grean beans if i oput 1/2 a jar in her apple juice.

I also have pudgy B/F only babys, so I never had to wory about their (food) intake. Just do what feels right, oh and if you are worried about the iorn, just take a pill daily, or if your still taking you prenatal vitamins, that should do the trick. good luck!:-)

Debbie - posted on 01/24/2009




I started my baby at 5.5 months because she was watching every forkful/spoonful of food I put in my mouth. She would grab at my food and try to put it in her mouth. I give her ceral twice a day and she still nrses as much as ever. I always nurse her first befre I give her the cereal so she will get mostly filled up on the good stuuf and then sometimes she likes to nurse again afterwards to "wash it down"

Lorilynne - posted on 01/24/2009




It really is best to delay solids until six months in breastfed babies.  Here's a link:


You'll hear a lot from doctors about how a breastfed baby needs the iron in cereal but it just isn't true.  Unless your doc checks your baby's iron levels, there is no way to know for sure that their iron is low.  Also, babies only absorb about 4% of the iron that is actually in the cereal so that makes that argument pretty bunk.  Another thing to mention is that, you don't have to start baby on cereal.  Thats a common first food because they say that it is easily digestible by babies but you can start with fruits and veggies.  I was a big believer in cereal and I actually did start my son at four months because I had done that with my daughter.  AFTER doing this, I started looking in to it more.  I would definately suggest reading into it before you start just so you know all the facts. Also, I'm fairly certain that the AAP is now recommending waiting until six months and I know that the WHO (world health organization) says six.

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AAP suggests 4-6 months to start like Crystal stated. Depends on the baby, some will eat less but it shouldn't be too much less. Breastmilk/formula should still be primary. Think of cereal (and all other foods for that matter) as test driving the idea of eating more than getting any additional nutrients in your baby's belly. It won't matter if they are eating very much for a few months yet. Good luck. My boy is almost 6 months and not interested 90% of the time but we still offer because eventually the idea will catch on for him.

Crystal - posted on 01/23/2009




for any child you can start giving them cereal around 4-5 months, baby's will eat less after they eat cereal because it fills them up for a longer time. My son eats cereal at night before bed and he takes the rest of a bottle, he slept the first night but since then he has woken up to eat.

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