Rice Cereal

Gabby - posted on 01/02/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 and a half months. He does really well with breast feeding but I heard it was good to start rice cereal at 4 months. First should I even start it yet since he is doing good with the milk? And second how do I go about doing it when I don't produce enough to pump to use in the cereal?

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Sammy - posted on 01/03/2010

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I wouldn't give him any solids yet, especially rice cereal. It's bland and has no nutritional value. I'd hold off a bit longer, especially if he's being satisfied by breastmilk.

Elle - posted on 01/02/2010

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I recently intruduced cereal to my 4 month old. She sits my her self and can pick up food and put it in her mouth (we found that out when daddy tried to hold her and eat at the same time, she got her hands in the mashed potatoes which went right into her mouth). We started giving her a baby spoon to play with when we ate. She can grab it and put it in her mouth. So we tried rice cereal and she didnt like it. We tried oatmeal and she loves it, she loves to play with it mostly. We mix oatmeal with breastmilk. I pump the side she didnt nurse off of (she refuses to nurse off both breasts in a sitting) after a feeding.

We introduced cereal because she had met the physical milestones and seemed to really want to eat with us. If your son isnt "asking" for solids I would wait. He will still get his nutrtion from your milk, the cereal is mostly for learning a different texture ans taste.

Minnie - posted on 01/02/2010

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No major health organization recommends anything but breastmilk prior to six months.



According to LLLI, signs your baby is ready for solids include:



Able to sit unsupported

Has developed pincer grasp

Able to pick up food, put it in mouth, chew it, and then swallow it



Cereal is nutritionally deficient- it would offer absolutely no benefit to your baby and can do a whole lot of bad- it replaces your milk when it is your milk that baby needs.

Sophie - posted on 01/02/2010

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If hes happy with milk i wouldnt bother he doesnt need anything else. If you do decide to introduce it you can use cooled boiled water instead of milk and always offer him your breast first and give him cereal after as he should still be getting all his nutrients from you

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