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    Default going on three months. when to start rice cereal?

    i read some where that 3 1/2 -4 months is a good, or sometimes sooner.

    Looking to get some other opinions besides my mother :P who was convinced when lo was just born i should've started right then because i'm *starving* her now.

    Some notes:
    Lo is going to be 3 months on sunday
    She's 11lbs 18oz as of Tuesday
    She gives me a good number of wet and dirty diapers. ( although now her bowls have decreased a bit, but this is a normal decrease from what i was told)
    She's a frequent nurser. So much in fact she'll get frustrated when it seems she's emptied both breasts and can't get any more ( least, that's what i think. but the breasts are still heavy)

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: going on three months. when to start rice cereal?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*cutiemark85 View Post
    i read some where that 3 1/2 -4 months is a good, or sometimes sooner.
    I am curious where you read this, because such early introduction of solids is no longer recommended. The American Academy of Pediatrics section on breastfeeding recommends that solids be introduced starting at 6 months. Here is the wording from their 2005 policy statement:

    "Pediatricians and parents should be aware that exclusive breastfeeding is sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first 6 months of life‡ and provides continuing protection against diarrhea and respiratory tract infection.30,34,128,178–184 Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child.185

    Complementary foods rich in iron should be introduced gradually beginning around 6 months of age.186–187 Preterm and low birth weight infants and infants with hematologic disorders or infants who had inadequate iron stores at birth generally require iron supplementation before 6 months of age.148,188–192 Iron may be administered while continuing exclusive breastfeeding.

    Unique needs or feeding behaviors of individual infants may indicate a need for introduction of complementary foods as early as 4 months of age, whereas other infants may not be ready to accept other foods until approximately 8 months of age.193

    Introduction of complementary feedings before 6 months of age generally does not increase total caloric intake or rate of growth and only substitutes foods that lack the protective components of human milk.194

    During the first 6 months of age, even in hot climates, water and juice are unnecessary for breastfed infants and may introduce contaminants or allergens.195

    Increased duration of breastfeeding confers significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother, especially in delaying return of fertility (thereby promoting optimal intervals between births).196

    There is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer.197

    Infants weaned before 12 months of age should not receive cow's milk but should receive iron-fortified infant formula.198"

    Please note that there is a more recent policy statement, the 2012 version. I personally prefer the 2005 version because I think that it is superior in both clarity and content.

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    Default Re: going on three months. when to start rice cereal?

    I read it via Baby center I believe. Thanks for this. because I was wondering.

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    Default Re: going on three months. when to start rice cereal?

    IMO, Babycenter is kind of the bottom of the internet barrel when it comes to getting information about baby care, development, and feeding. Especially if you are reading the comments. I know this is going to sound snooty, but IMO a lot of the people who weigh in over there are astoundingly ignorant.

    If you're looking for a better resource, I suggest The Baby Book, by Sears & Sears.

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    Default Re: going on three months. when to start rice cereal?

    The Baby Book was suggested to me by a friend, but i'm a little skeptical from what i've already read and the reviews on it. I know a lot of baby books out there are just 'take with a grain of salt' though.

    but thank you for the input.

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    Default Re: going on three months. when to start rice cereal?

    Grain of salt, indeed! Nevertheless, IMO the Baby Book is top of the rather poor heap.

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