A.A. asks from Coram, NY on April 18, 2009
Cereal - Coram,NY
My baby is four months old and weighs 14 pounds 11 oz...I was exclusively breastfeeding up until recently, being back at work and not being able to pump as much. So, I have now had my mother (who thankfully watches her while I'm at work) feed her with breastmilk and formula in the bottle. She's doing well, however, she is acting very hungry. When I took her to the doctor for her four month shots, we asked the doc. about starting cereal. She said to wait as long as possible, but if she is acting hungry, we can begin. Any suggestions? And my biggest concern, will she still want to breastfeed as I don't want to give that up yet?
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Thank you to everyone who has offered their expertise and suggestions! I have decided to wait a bit more, up the feedings for now and see how it goes. I think I will feel more comfortable waiting until at least next month (when she is 5 months).
Thank you all again!
A.S. answers from New York on April 20, 2009
My son is 17 months old now and my pediatrician told me that it was ok to start my son on cereal at 4 months old and for two weeks if he was taking well to it to try oatmeal for a week and if he did well with that the following week to try barley and then from there he told me it was start him on the fruits and veggies. You want to try veggies first though because if you do the fruit before the veggies they will not want the veggies they will want the fruit because it is sweeter. It really depends on how you feel its your child if you feel that she is not getting enough then go with your instint and start her with the ceral.
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D.B. answers from New York on April 20, 2009
It's okay to start now, it shouldn't effect the nursing, always nurse first, then if their still hungry give rice cereal or oatmeal. Some people would nurse 4 times a day instead of 5 and do cereal that one time... or 3 times and cereal 2. Whatever feels right to you, it's really trial and error, my son kept doing both.
A.R. answers from New York on April 20, 2009
I have a 5 month old as well and I am breastfeeding too. My doctor said I can start feeding him cereal. I wonder why your doctor told you to wait? I would start with a little cereal at 4 months and veggies and fruits at 4 1/2 months. (but this is my third). I am still breastfeeding as well. Sometimes he is so hungry that he is crying so to calm him down before I give him cereal I breastfeed him a little before and then I feed him after he eats the cereal. I am sure that your daughter will breastfeed when you get up in the morning,when you get home from work, at bedtime, and if she gets up during the night. It is soothing thing for babies to have that close, quality time with their mommy. Good Luck!
Z.L. answers from New York on April 20, 2009
Are you/your mother feeding her on demand? Only you can know what is best for your daughter. I think you will find opinions either way. I, personally, waited to start cereal until 6 1/2 months because I have a history of allergies and I wanted to let my daughter's digestive track develop as much as possible before starting solids. But to do this I fed her whenever she was hungry. There was a basic structure/schedule but I didn't hold back if she was hungry a little early.
Hope this helps.
A.C. answers from New York on April 20, 2009
I exclusively breastfed my daughter until she was 5.5 months old. Then, I started her on cereal and although she took to it immediately, she still nursed fine. After a couple of weeks when your baby starts taking solid foods, your body will naturally know that it doesn't need to produce that much milk because your baby doesn't require that much of it. I continued to breastfeed my daughter, as well as give solid foods, until she was 9 months old when it was clear that I definitely no longer had enough to nurse her. I started to wean her to formula with no problems. Good luck with your little one!
D.F. answers from Albany on April 20, 2009
Hi, I am amazed at how many Mommies out there feed cereal to their babies too early. Medically, their little digestive tracks are not completely developed and should only be fed breastmilk or formula (or both) until they are 6 months old. It's a fact....a medical fact.
If your baby is hungry - then simply feed her/him larger servings of formula or breastmilk at each feeding....or actually just feed on demand. It truly is only a minor inconvenience to feed them on demand....think about it - two more months!? No big deal - and I think worth the wait. Why chance it? Why put your babies digestive track at risk? Better safe than sorry.
Just my 2 cents.
C.L. answers from New York on April 20, 2009
I nuirsed two of my children until they were 30 months, yes I said thirty months they ate some table foods but not all. Please keep in mind what ever you mix breaast milk with will break down. Breast milk has a composition that digests food if you are mixing it with processed milk it changes it's consistency. Having cereal will not change her appetite, also breastfed babies nurse as needed you don't put them on the same type of schedule as a bottle fed baby, because your milk flow matches their needs. Breast fed babies go through a growth spurt if you have the joy of experiencing it they nurse around the clock or frequently, To increase your milk flow and if you are not nursing her at these times you will not be producing enough milk.
R.M. answers from New York on April 20, 2009
If she seems interested in eating cereal, go ahead and give it to her. I breastfed my son as well, and at his 4 month check up, our doc told me to start cereal anywhere between 4 and 6 months. He seemed interested when my husband and I would eat anything, so we decided to start cereal. It didn't interfere with his wanting to breastfeed because your milk is still going to be the main source of nutrition. We did a little cereal in the morning while we ate breakfast, mainly so he would learn to eat from a spoon. Our doctor told us that is the point. You want to teach your baby the skills needed to eat, chew and swallow that she will need later on. Follow her lead. If she rejects it, try again in a few days. At this point she doesn't need nutrition from anywhere else other than your milk, so just have fun! My son is now 7 months old and eating many of the things my husband and I eat and still breastfeeding.