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Starting baby on food, do i have to now?

My son is 6 months old and i have tried starting him on rice cereal but he doesnt want it at all. I only breastfeed him. He has never even taken a bottle with breast milk in it. The only thing he wants is breast. Is it okay to only breastfeed him until he is ready?

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Asked by JanetElizabeth at 2:16 PM on Jan. 23, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • He really doesn't need anything else for several more months. You can still introduce foods to get him used to them and when he shows an interest in what you are eating you can give him soft bits of it.

    Answer by elizabr at 2:18 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • He is old enough you can start giving him "solids". If you want, you can make your own baby food. It's easy and inexpensive. I started with the green veggies first. Cook until soft and throw in the blender, I never had a babyfood maker thing, the blender worked just fine. Add the water you cook the veggies in when they are first starting. Not all babies like the rice cereal, it's not too tastey compared to sweet breast milk. There are a lot of sites out there for babyfood recipes and ideas. I used to look at for info and ideas.

    Answer by 2BlondeBabies at 2:19 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • Start with a little at a time. BFing activites will tell you breast is fine until they are ready, but no baby is immediately eating baby food. The texture and taste are completely different than anything he has had. Just keep trying. Try mixing your breast milk in with the cereal. He might be more apt to eating it if it tastes like mommy.

    Answer by BabyBugsmama at 2:21 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • Just my opinion but...try oatmeal, with a teeny, tiny bit of fruit-of course mixed with your milk.
    He may have an issue with rice, many babies do, so try another route. Soy products, wheat, or oatmeal....worth a try :).
    good luck mama.

    Answer by Bearsjen at 2:22 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • Yes, it is fine to continue just nursing until he's ready for solids. When you start, maybe skip the cereal and offer a fruit or veggie.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 3:58 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • 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 3:59 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

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