Asked by Anonymous at 10:52 AM on Jul. 18, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)
Answer by M2TandM at 11:03 AM on Jul. 18, 2010
Formula is better for brain growth. Cereal is hard to digest and was invented as a way to get iron in babies before iron was in formula. It used to taste too nasty and babies wouldn't drink formula with iron. Everyone got used to feeding cereal and it became the "standard of practice". Doctors aren't trained in nutrition and unless they have a special interest in infant feeding may have gotten no training in fomula feeding, breastfeeding, or starting solids. If your baby is on formula with iron there is no need for cereal.
At 4 mo you can start with fork mashed regular foods. Banana, sweet potato, and avocado are good first solids. Your baby may be able to feed herself. You want every food your baby eats to be for nutrition. A baby food company started the myth that food in the first year is for practice. You don't need baby foods.
Answer by Gailll at 11:38 AM on Jul. 18, 2010
Answer by sarahmae3 at 12:14 PM on Jul. 18, 2010
Answer by amileegirl at 12:36 PM on Jul. 18, 2010
Babies really should not be eating solid food until at least 6 months old, and then only if they can sit up by themselves, have teeth, and are able to feed themselves. Also, rice cereal is just empty calories, and not needed at all. For more information about introducing solids, visit http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/index.html. At this point, it is still very important that each time they eat, they are getting the most out of it, which would be breastmilk or formula instead of cereal.
Answer by squish at 5:08 PM on Jul. 18, 2010
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