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when to add baby cereal to the diet?

Posted by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:15 AM
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Okay my MOTHER IN LAW. is saying OH thats NOT OKAY to just BF.. you NEED TO ADD CEREAL into her DIET.. and Im all um she wont even take a bottle and WHY WOULD I FEED her CEREAL when breast is best. And shes growing perfectly? She's been fussy but there have been changes int he home like daddy went away for a week so DUH shes goona be fussy (its not like I talk to mom in law about my problems anyway I dont like mom in law that much.)

 So I have to ask.. when do you add cereal to the diet as a "requirement" or when is it normal to give cereal? I didnt feed DD1 baby cereal till she was like 6 months.. so Im pretty much sticking with that.

by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:15 AM
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mostlymaydays
by Group Mod-Stacy on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:20 AM
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Cereal is never required. In fact "iron-fortified" foods actually interfere with the body's ability to absorb that good iron in the breastmilk. And babies can't properly digest grains before a year. Even the AAP now says meats are a better source of iron. NOTHING before 6 months as the gaps in the baby's intestines haven't closed and allow allergens to enter the bloodstream.
goddiddlyumshis
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:21 AM
My babies never had it. It's not necessary, IMO.
I know people who use it to keep their babies fuller longer, but like the poster above me, they can't digest it.
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Char06
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:22 AM
Baby doesn't *need* anything but breast milk until after a year, but we did solids before then to get used to it and for fun, never did baby cereals though.
spitfire06
by Bronze Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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HAHAHA thank you! just wondering what is the "source" for that info so I can tell mother in law and anyone else who wants to interfere with my parenting/breastfeeding?

Quoting mostlymaydays:

Cereal is never required. In fact "iron-fortified" foods actually interfere with the body's ability to absorb that good iron in the breastmilk. And babies can't properly digest grains before a year. Even the AAP now says meats are a better source of iron. NOTHING before 6 months as the gaps in the baby's intestines haven't closed and allow allergens to enter the bloodstream.


SeattleBabyBump
by Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:40 AM
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MILs have the craziest advice. Sigh. I don't know where they got their info from back in the day but it's nuts I tell ya.
mostlymaydays
by Group Mod-Stacy on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM
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I tried to copy and paste some stuff about iron from kellymom but it got all jacked-up. Here's the link. Look at the chart, the amount of iron absorbed in breastmilk!

http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron/
emkirkley
by Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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never!

baby cereal is not needed for any child, not even an EBF child.

MommyO2-6631
by Leslie on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM
You don't ever have to feed cereal. It's actually not good for a breastfed baby... any baby really... but especially a breastfed baby.
hreynol25
by Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM
I gave it to my baby at 5 months. (In a bowl mixed with BM). I didn't give it to him as a meal but to prepare him for solids for month 6.
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