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How did your baby's nursing habits change when you added cereal? Just wondering what to expect. My dd is 4 mos, getting 1 tsp prepared with breastmilk in the morning and will be adding another tsp in the evening in a week or so.


Asked by rhianna1708 at 10:26 PM on May. 15, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • she didnt nurse as much right after i fed her, but she always made up for it later.

    Answer by jennifer588 at 10:29 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • well i didnt breastfeed so it could be different, but in the beginning my son still ate just as much formula as he always did. it wasnt until he actually started eating a nice amount of cereal & fruit that he started drinking less formula.

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 10:28 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • It shouldn't change at all because anything before a year is just practicing to eat really. I don't think with my first DD anything had changed for her feedings.

    Answer by tanya_marieh at 10:31 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • 4 months is awfully young and the cereal you are giving isn't going to be digested because the digestive system is immature -- it will just come out the other end. It will just take up space and the baby will get less calories not more. Cereal is a carbohydrate and of very little nutritional value. YOu may find that you baby gets bellyaches, constipated (because of the added iron). In all honesty, the cereal thing is a marketing ploy and is from an outdated model of bland food feeds for formula babies. It is recommended that breasfed babies not be given solids until at least six months, but waiting even longer for gut maturiity and oral readiness is encouraged. Fruits and veggies not cereal (table food essentially)....but food befoe one is always just for fun. Rice cereal isn;t very fun :!

    Answer by amileegirl at 10:31 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • You should always BF (or bottle whichever) before you give food. at least until a year.

    Answer by tanya_marieh at 10:32 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • i started my son on rice cereal at 4 months also. he never got tummy aches or anything like that. my DR said it was important and good for him because of the iron & protein.

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 10:35 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • I am aware of the 6 month guideline but we decided to add cereal and have consulted her pediatritian who agrees that she's ready. and her belly is doing just fine with the cereal.

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 10:35 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • Cereal can interfere with sleep patterns. Keep in mind that solids fed to babies before they turn 1 are for the experience of eating them, not for nutrition (a subject most doctors know little about).Nutritionists recommend starting solids at 6 months; many now recommend skipping cereal and starting with a bit of avocado mashed with breastmilk (or formula). Then baked sweet potato, oatmeal, pumpkin, pureed peas, etc. Jarred baby food tastes awful, is expensive, and you never really know what is in it. Be sure to avoid the allergy trigger foods. This is not a complete list: before age 1, no soy, dairy, wheat, citrus, egg white, strawberries; before age 2 no honey, chocolate, nuts.
    Two great books /websites on feeding babies, with differing philosophies, Baby Led Weaning and Super Baby Food You should be able to find them at your local library

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:36 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • ijust nursed them beforehand on one side at least..... there was not that much difference until they started eating alot of food (like when they are 8 months and can eat alot)

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 10:41 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • Until 1, solids are just for fun. Nurse (or bottle) first, THEN offer some solids. All nutritional needs should be met through their milk supply. So - to answer your question - their eating habits shouldn't change at all, because baby is nursing first, so still nursing just like before.

    Answer by TiffanyMarie80 at 10:45 PM on May. 15, 2010