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    Default Starting Rice Cereal

    At my DS's 4 month appointment, his Ped said I should start him on some rice cereal. I thought that after 6mo is the best time to start, she said that is for solids not cereal (i thought they were the same). But she informed me that babies need the extra Iron right now and the cereal gives them that. Do I start that now or wait? Any comments?

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    Default Re: Starting Rice Cereal

    Hi there momma and Congrats on your LO!! If you are BF your LO, there really is no need for the added iron, cereals were mainly for formula feed babies. Check this link out from LLL. I would wait until the 6 month mark and then have fun!
    Last edited by surfinrn&mom2mason; January 27th, 2007 at 01:19 AM.

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    Default Re: Starting Rice Cereal

    Rice cereal definitely qualifies as solids. To make a well-informed decisions as to whether your baby is ready and that you're ready to start solids, check out Is my baby ready for solids?

    Babies don't need anything but breastmilk (or formula) for the first 6 months of life, according to the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics and UNICEF.

    Don't feel like you have to start solids just because your ped said you can. You have some big organizations to back you if you decide to wait

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    You are right, cereal is solids and it's best to wait. Cereal does have added iron but it's poorly absorbed and is full of preservatives. Just do a search at the top of the screen for cereal and you'll find a bunch of threads started about why cereal is not the best choice for first food. Here are some links too.
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/solids.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...earlyreadiness
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...olids-how.html
    http://www.lightlink.com/hilinda/Diane/solids.html
    http://breastfeeding.hypermart.net/solidfood.html

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    Default Re: Starting Rice Cereal

    Cereal does count as a solid and your baby gets enough iron from your breast milk. Your baby may receive iron if you are giving your baby vitamin D supplements.

    I am about to start my baby on solids. She just turned 6 months on Tuesday. I plan to make my own baby food, but thought that babies had to start on cereal. I want to do what is best for my baby. So, am I wrong? What has everyone else done? Help!!!

    Thanks in advance!!!

    -Kathleen

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    Default Re: Starting Rice Cereal

    Your baby is definitely getting enough iron from your breastmilk until AT LEAST the 6month mark! Why mess with perfection? I'd wait.

    Way too lazy for formula

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    I just wanted to say that be careful about making your own baby food. I heard that nitrates might be very high in some foods (even organic carrots and sweet potatoes).

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    Nope, babies don't have to start on cereal. Dr. Sears says that some of the most perfect first foods are actually banana and avocado. Just mash 'em up and feed. Or, you could do the baby-led approach, and wait until your baby can feed themselves.

    Lisa

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    Could someone fill me in on the baby led techniques? Where can I learn more? Thanks!

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    Default Re: Starting Rice Cereal

    I read somewhere that there is a "window" to start spoon-feeding, and if you don't start during this time, the baby may reject it later because of waiting too long to give her something of consistantcy. The child doesn't like it.

    Has anyone else heard this? Is it true?

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