Cereal?

Alice - posted on 11/02/2008 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hello! I am a first time mom and would love some good advice!

My daughter is breastfed. She has never had a bottle. I am wanting to start her on cereal. Is it too soon? Should I give her a bottle first?

Thanks!!

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Andie - posted on 11/03/2008

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It is recommended to wait 6 months if you can but if your child is ready you can introduce as early as 4 months. Mix a single grain, rice or oatmeal, with breastmilk or formula, it should be the consistency of a soup or thin,runny pudding. You should always feed it on a spoon, not in a bottle as they can easily choke that way - it's a new consistency and a different method of getting it down. It's all about your individual baby. Some key factors for when they are ready are if they are interested in your food, they can hold their head up, sit up well, they don't push it back out of their mouth with their tongue, etc. Breastmilk or formula should still be the main component of their diet, you're not replacing it, just adding to it.
here's a great article from babycenter.com:
http://www.babycenter.com/0_introducing-...
Best of luck!

Ami - posted on 11/03/2008

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It is not too soon if your daughter is interested in your food, can hold her head up, and your instincts tell you it's time -- and some babies never take a bottle. It is possible to breastfeed exclusively and then introduce solids/keep breastfeeding, then wean from the breast. It is true that breastmilk is all that they need for the 1st year, but introducing solids gives them practice eating. My child is breastfeeding 6-8 times a day and eats oatmeal & a fruit in the morning and then rice cereal and a veggie at night. Start with rice cereal once a day. Then you can move up to 2 times a day. Then you can introduce other grains such as oatmeal and barley. Then fruits and veggies. Don't introduce more than one food at a time, and make sure to do so over the course of atleast 3 days (to watch for food allergies)... Good Luck! xoxoxo

Rebecca - posted on 11/03/2008

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my sons has been on the bottle only since he was 2 months but refuses to take cereal in any way shape or form. but he has taken really well to solids -especially pears and green beans- if i were in your situation i would start working in the bottle -first with expressed milk so that she knows the taste and then add in cereal to that to make it familiar rather than jumping straight to cereal- but again every child is different, so don't feel bad if your way needs to be different from what people are telling you- go with your gut

Barbara - posted on 11/03/2008

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I dont breastfeed but was always told to mix the cereal with breastmilk or formula first and if they dont take it wait a couple of days then try again my daughter has been eating rice cereal(always start with rice cereal there is the least chance for allergic reactions) since she was 3 months old and doing great

Caroline - posted on 11/02/2008

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We just started our daughter on cereal on Thursday. She is slightly over 4 months and exclusively breastfed (she HATES bottles!). We are only doing one tablespoon once a day followed by nursing. So far, so good. But our ped said that if they fight the sppon or the food, they aren't ready and to try again in a couple weeks. It should be a pleasurable experience for everyone involved. Hope that helps...

Jennifer - posted on 11/02/2008

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I am also a first time mom with a daughter who is still on breastmilk. I am only able to nurse once or twice a day, because I work, but she took to the bottle very well. I would definitely start with one bottle a day. All babies are different, but ours was an easy transition. We also have just recently started her on rice cereal. When we asked our pediatrician if Haley was ready, she asked us if Haley was interested in our food when we eat. That, to her, was a key indicator. She has done very well with it, and now gets about 1 tablespoon twice a day. After the cereal, she gets her breastmilk in a bottle. Hope that helps! Good luck! :)

Amanda - posted on 11/02/2008

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The doctors say that you shouldn't start your baby on solid foods till they are SIX MONTHS of age. Their digestive system isn't as developed at three months, if you start that early it can be very uncomfortable for the baby causing stomach cramping and gas. If she is younger than six months than you probably should try the bottle up to you. Some nurses think it is better to keep breastfeeding until they turn 1 year.

Helen - posted on 11/02/2008

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in uk everyone says to try not to start until 26 weeks (when they can have meat, fish, gluten etc) and not any earlier than 20. i've just started giving my son baby rice mixed with breast milk at lunch time as he was still needing to be fed every 4 hrs day and night, he can sit up with support and he virtually took the spoon off me! (he's 5mths tomorrow!) He loves it and it seems to help him settle for longer. The bottle thing is another issue - mine took a bottle of expressed milk at 3 months but now is very reluctant to say the least! hope that helps

Lauren - posted on 11/02/2008

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I believe you can start solids as early as 3 months. Personally I'm going to wait until Maddie is 6 months. I just feel that breast milk is the best thing for her right now. She is getting so much from it. But if you would like to start it, why not. If your not sure wait another month, it can't hurt.

Heidi - posted on 11/02/2008

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Brenna is my second baby and each kiddo is so different! My doctor recommends introducing solids between 4-6 months and to do so gradually...cereal, then veggies, then the sweet stuff like apples, sweet potatoes, etc. A good rule of thumb is if the baby thrusts the food back out with his/her tounge they may not be quite ready yet. Brenna took a couple of times before she got the hang of it, but she's having one feeding of cereal daily (about 2 tablespoons of rice cereal). Bryson took a little longer to get the hang of it when I started with him but he was a breastfed only baby. I am working this time around so Brenna has about 2 feedings/day from a bottle. Good luck!

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