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When do you start giving breast fed babies rice cereal

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Asked by Charlotte799 at 3:17 PM on Dec. 10, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • No sooner then 6 months, though you can skip cereal altogether, and start with a fruit or veggie, also no sooner then 6 months.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 3:19 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

  • The most current recommendation is to wait until baby is at least 6 months before introducing any solid foods. You can wait longer than that, if you want. And there is nothing saying you have to start with rice cereal. Some moms never use rice cereal at all. We started with sweet potatoes.

    Answer by BlueFrogMama at 3:19 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

  • 4-6 months. Some doctors say not before 6 months, some want you start by 6 months, it really depends. It's not necessary until 6 months, though. And it's really better to go by developmental signs than age, like when they're able to hold their head up, sit up supported, open their mouth when they see the food, move the food to the back of their mouth with their tongue, etc.

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 3:21 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

  • I started my son at 4 month as adviced by his pediatrician

    Answer by AmiJanell at 4:04 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

  • 3 months on the advise of his doctor. he was always hungry! and he could sit on his own, hold his head, help put the spoon in his own mouth

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:33 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

  • You should not give any solids to a baby before 6 months. That is what the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, the US Department of Health and Human Services and UNICEF all say. Any doctor who tells you otherwise is wrong.

    We actually just skipped the cereal for my son anyway. It has no nutritional value except for all the iron which isn't bioavailable (baby's body can absorb or use it) and just constipates them. I

    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 10:06 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

  • Oh, and by the way, no solids are actually necessary before 12 months at least. Breastmilk will provide all the nutrition for baby. Solids are more for experimenting and learning before then. :)

    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 10:07 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

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