What is the best cereal to start with? My son is now 4 months old and breast feeding.Ask a Question!


Jessie - posted on 03/31/2010




I would wait. The digestive system is the last thing to fully mature, and if you are breastfeeding your baby is getting all that he/she needs at that age, my son didn't have any solidsuntil he was 8 or 9 months old and I just made sweet potato for him froze it in ice cube trays and popped a little out as needed. He has always been a healthy happy baby, his pediatrician agrees, I went agains what she said but she never had any complaints with his health.

Summer - posted on 03/29/2010




Don't start with Cereal! Babies can't digest grains until they are at least a year old. A breastfed baby doesn't even need solids until he or she is 1 year old. Momma's milk is everything they need. But if you would like to get them started sooner (7 months or so) then start with easily digested vegetables and fruits...sweet potato, avacado, banana, carrot...Starting cereals too soon can be very damaging to a babies system.

Nikki - posted on 03/27/2010




Check this site out, it has some pros and cons for stage one foods and when to introduce them.


Sara, I agree with you regarding the developmental aspects of when an infant is ready for solids and and also agree that breast milk is all that a baby needs until they are 6 months.
Personally I would prefer avocado as a first food because it is not processed but there are actually nutritional benefits to rice cereal, I researched this in depth when I was starting my daughter on solids.

Nutrient Information


Vitamin C 2.4 mg
Vitamin E 5 mg
Vitamin K 0 mcg
Thiamin 2.645 mg
Riboflavin 2.221 mg
Niacin 31.243 mg
Vitamin B6 0.479 mg
Folate 24 mcg
Food Folate 24 5.6 mcg
Dietary Folate Equivalents 24 mcg


Calcium 850 mg
Iron 47.5 mg
Magnesium 206 mg
Phosphorus 590 mg
Potassium 385 mg
Sodium 32 mg
Zinc 1.98 mg
Copper 0.331 mg
Selenium 11.6 mcg


Total Fat 4.9 mg
Saturated Fat 0.919 mg
Monounsaturated Fat 1.26 mg
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.016 mg

I would have a talk to your doctor and do what you feel comfortable with.

Monika - posted on 03/29/2010




We started my daughter on "My Organic Baby"'s brown rice when she was four months old, as my doctor said we could also. I have gone organic as much as I could, we had no trouble of constipation with it. "Happy Times" organic cereals are good too.

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Cereals have no nutritional value and tend to cause constipation. If I were you I would skip them all together. It's really best to exclusively breastfeed until baby is 6 months. You want to look for signs of readiness before starting solids which include:

-at least 6 months old

-able to sit up unsupported

-lost tongue thrust reflex (doesn't spit the food back out)

-developed pincer grasp (can pick food up between thumb and finger)

-interested in food

-doesn't seem satisfied with only milk (not related to a growth spurt, teething or illness).

Good first foods are avocados, sweet potatoes and bananas.


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Karen - posted on 03/31/2010




I didn't do cereal at all with Isaiah. We tried it a couple times cause the pediatrician was giving me a hard time but he didn't like it anyways. I basically did BabyLed Weaning. I just gave him pieces of foods starting at 7 months. Then once he got the hang of feeding himself I gave him whatever we were eating. Now he eats everything!

Honestly I think cereal is a waste, no disrespect. You also shouldn't start till 6 months, especially being a breastfed baby. They only need mommy's milk, the best thing for them.

Zena - posted on 03/31/2010




It is recommended that babies *only* receive human milk until they are at least 6 months of age.
Introduction of any other foods before this age increases the risk of allergies, stomach disorders, variety of life time diseases, and respiratory illnesses. It also reduces the benefit of the immunities of human milk for the baby.
Zena Kay, IBCLC

Angela - posted on 03/28/2010




"-developed pincer grasp (can pick food up between thumb and finger)"

I don't agree with this. Your baby will let you know when they are ready for solid foods, I know that my LO was ready for rice cereal and wasn't satisfied w/only breastmilk at about 4.5-5 months. The pincer grasp is for a more developed baby, more around 8-9 months old, you'll read this in most "milestones" list/charts. My LO started eating chunky solids at around 7 mnths, he already has 6 teeth at a year old and is now eating whatever I put in front of him, including steak, pickled egg, asparagus and all fruits of course. At six months exactly I started feeding him solids like, mashed sweet potatoes. I made his food and it's much cheaper and better for your LO. It's super simple too, I would recommend it to everyone.

Samantha - posted on 03/28/2010




At 6 months everyone told me to introduce rice cereal first...it made my son very constipated and gassy. I switched to oatmeal and barley Gerber single grain cereals, mixed with breast milk, and no digestion problems since. Now, my son LOVES these mixed with Gerber purees...I usually do fruit with oatmeal and veggies with barley...which also makes the food have a thicker consistency and less messy:)

Martha - posted on 03/27/2010




I agree with Sara/Nikki. My daughters first solid was avocado after 6mos. Avocado is one of her favorite til this day (shes almost 14mos) and its SOOOO healthy. :)

Anneke - posted on 03/27/2010




I say your baby is to young, there are growth spiurts where pepole think their baby needs to start soldis but thats not the case, wait till your baby shows interst and is at least able to sit up. When you introduce solids it decreases your milk and baby is getting less of the good stuff. I started at 6 months old as I thought that was what I was meant to do and wish i had of waited after reading about it now. If you are going to feed early make sure there is no wheat, gluten or other things that are likely to cause allergy, leave that till past a year.

Nadine - posted on 03/27/2010




started with ricecereal and then switched to oatmeal. I used the Gerber oatmeal and just mixed it with breastmilk to a runny consistency.
So it was like breastmilk just a little thicker and my son took it without a problem.

Heather - posted on 03/26/2010




I feed my 4 month old (almost 5 months) Barley and Oat cereal.. but of them are the highest in fiber and cause help to avoid constipation.. Rice cereal is the one you should try to give last.. this is waht my doctor was telling me.. I haven't even tried my son on it mostly because he has problem with bowl movements.. But I also use Milupa.. I have been giving my son that since he was three month because he was eating around 10 ozs each bottle and his doctor told me to give him a little each morning.. and it works great.. She also told me that the milupa is one of the best kinds.. It is also milk based so you only need to mix it with cooled boiled water.. I do use his formula though because thats the only way he will eat it

Chelle - posted on 03/26/2010




yeah i was recommended the rice cereal to start off- he hated it!! and refused to eat it, even when i added pureed fruit to it. I thought i was in for a fussy child who would not take to solids but it turned out that once i moved the try out meal to lunch instead of breakfast and went onto pureed veg-instead of rice cereal, he happily gobbled it up and has loved fruit and veg ever since. He is now 17 months and unless mouth is sore or overly tired, eats practically everything!, He loved pureed sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, banana

Grace - posted on 03/26/2010




Oh, and these can be mixed with breastmilk or just cooled, boiled water. :) most babies only have this once a day, or even less often too..

Grace - posted on 03/26/2010




all child health nurses will recommend the FAREX, rice cereals... Something plain, so their tummy's can adjust to it.. Babies that age really only need to start the solids just to get used to different textures, and really have no nutritional value in the rice cereals. Have a look, it should be with most baby foods in the supermarket. Most brands have the age they are suitable for too, so look for the 4-6 month foods. :) Good luck

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