when did u introduce cereal to ur breastfed baby?


Judy - posted on 05/02/2009




I followed the wrong advice (3 months!) from relatives, but learned better when I was trained to teach mothers of young children for my job. It's OK to try rice ceral any time between 4-6 months. Your baby will let you know when s(he) is developmentally ready. Watch for the ability to sit up with little support, grabbing things with hands and bringing them to mouth, accepting the cereal from a spoon without forcing it out with the tongue. Rice cereal is an important 1st food because it is easy to digest and can be mixed w/EBM. It is best for baby to wait till 6 months old to start fruits and veggies in order to reduce risk of allergies and tummy aches. (Intestinal system is just not ready before that.) Wait 3-5 days between trying single ingredient new foods, so if your baby reacts to something, you will know what it was.

Allison - posted on 05/01/2009




I waiting until we had tried several other foods first. We started with avocado at 6 months, and then tried banana, sweet potato, and yellow squash. I don't like to use rice since it's so boring, nutritionless, and bland, but I will add oatmeal at some point when baby is ready to have cereal, though I don't use a lot of it.

I really love the website http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com as it talks about when to introduce foods, what foods to start with, how to prepare them, etc.

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Jennifer - posted on 12/02/2013




My son is almost 4 months and he is constantly on me to nurse. I don't mind as I nursed my daughter as well, but I am thinking of possibly trying a little cereal even maybe just pumping a bottle to see if he will be more satisfied...?

Suzanne - posted on 05/02/2009




I started rice cereal for my daughter when she was 6 months and didn't introduce any veggies until 7 months. I let her stay on one food for about a month before I introduce a new one. At 8 1/2 months she just started a fruit. I suggest going slow. I've read that introducing foods slowly help keep food allergies down.

Alisha - posted on 05/02/2009




I tried rice cereal at 5 months and it upset his stomach. I waited until 6 mos and started oatmeal cereal. He did well w/ that and now eats veggies and fruits and still nurses 8-10x a day.

Katie - posted on 05/02/2009




Our son was 5 and a half months old when we started cereal. He had cereal for a month before we started veggies. That was on the recommendation of his doctor.

Melora - posted on 05/02/2009




I have been told cereal at 4 months and baby food starting at 6 months. If you start sooner you risk them developing allergies.

Soffie - posted on 05/02/2009




My little boy always seemed hungry after i breastfed him and he was trying to reach for our food when we ate in front of him so i SLOWLY started oatmeal cereal at 4 months Once a day at dinner time. Then at almost 5 months i started him with veggies at lunch. then fruit at 5 1/2 months. Now we do cereal in the morning then fruit or veggie for lunch, then a little food and more cereal for dinner. he loves to eat and wants to eat everything, even our food and our drinks.he is 6 months yesterday and his appetite is crazy big.

Bryana - posted on 05/01/2009




Quoting Nicole:

when did u introduce cereal to ur breastfed baby?

i gave my first son oatmeal at 4 months and my almost 3 month yr old's pediatrition told me to start giving oatmeal at 4 months.

Tara - posted on 05/01/2009




I started cereal at 6 months, the studies show an increase in food allergies for infants started earlier than that.

Kim - posted on 05/01/2009




I tried DD on cereal at 6 months. She gagged and threw it up. I waited a couple of weeks and gave her some mashed avacado. That went pretty well. We've added sweet potatoes and now we are working on peas.

Babies still rely on breastmilk for their main nutrition so make sure you nurse first then offer solids. This way will also help you keep your supply up.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 05/01/2009




I introduced my daughter to fruits and veggies before cereal because of the nutritional value. I started solids at 6 months because of the health recommendations. As Anna said LLL has great information on this topic. Don't let others tell you your baby needs anything other than breastmilk until 6 months of age!

Safia - posted on 05/01/2009




My son was in the 95% so he was about 16 pounds at 4 months, and i wasn't about to breastfeed every house! so I started cereal twice a day, then started solid food when he turned 5 months

Anna - posted on 05/01/2009




I skipped cereal and went straight to food around 5 1/2 months. People say you can start solids around 4 months, but others recommend 6 months, so I tried to wait 6, but he was so interested in what we were all eating I didn't want to wait longer. There isn't much nutritional value to cereal, so there is no reason to start with it. I like this website for all info regarding breastfeeding and solids. I also like the La Leche League website. Good luck!


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