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can you give buckwheat to a baby instead of rice cerial, since it is reach in iron naturally?

DD is 4 and a half months old and exclusevely breastfed, i am planning on starting her on pureed foods at 6 months.

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Myroslava

Asked by Myroslava at 4:17 PM on Jan. 5, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Rice is more neutral for a first food, so you'll probably want to stick with that until you've established any food senstivities or allergies. You start with the least likely food to cause bad reactions and gradually add more kinds. But I'd think once the baby is on a regular diet that buckwheat would be fine.
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 4:20 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

  • I make all my own baby food - veggies, fruits, and cereal. I use wholesomebabyfood.com as a resource. They recommend waiting until a baby is 8-10 months before introducing buckwheat but they don't really say why. Here's the link: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/buckwheatbabyfood.htm
    flalbert

    Answer by flalbert at 4:37 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

  • grains really aren't recommended until 9-12 months of age so i would hold off on that until then.

    http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/first-foods.html
    heatherama

    Answer by heatherama at 5:05 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

  • I'd still start with rice, it's gentler on the tummy! There may not be a lot of food value to it, but SO many food have a form of rice in them, it's better to find out if there's an allergy to it alone than trying to break things down later! :)
    KatieCrandall

    Answer by KatieCrandall at 5:09 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

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