OK. Ive browsed around a bit in this part of the forum and now I feel a little better already, however, here is the situation.
My baby is six months old and I have tried starting her on cereal this week. Well, its was SO cute, because she was really excited to try. WHen she saw the spoon in my hand, she actually took my hand and gently guided the spoon to her mouth! She gingerly tried to "eat" and even managed to swallow a bit of that first bite. But no sooner had she done so than she frowned and made unmistakable "this is yucky" expressions. Nonetheless, she kept trying, each time with the same result.
Ive been pumping and mixing the cereal with breastmilk as reccommended. Well, IM getting the sneaking suspicion that the very problem is the breastmilk. I think she is repulsed by that flavor she normally likes now being mixed with something unfamiliar. Also, I have noticed a plastic smell that the breastmilk has either from the pumping or the storage. Ive tasted the cereal concotions and there is an unmistakably odd side flavor that I cant really identify.
TO date I have tried: buckwheat, that was a no go. Rice, that was a no go.Barley- no improvment. Barley mixed with a touch of banana babyfood. Nope.
Each time she puts anything in her mouth she either gags or just makes a frowny "its yucky" mouth and everything just runs right out.
I feel bad ebcause she really wanted to try it but somehow is repulsed by either the texture, the smell, the mode of transport (spoon?).
Oh, and of course she hates bottles. So thats just great.
The whole point here was to make my life easier on occasion, but so far its been nothing but hassle for us both! Ive been breastfeeding on demand for six solid months. I know Ive done a good thing doing that. I can keep doing that, but I know she is going to need some other food and so far this is discouraging.
Maybe I should forgo mixing with breastmilk and just try straight cereal with a breastfeeding "chaser"?
Maybe I should skip the cereal and try some sweet potato?
Ive been trying to go by the pediatricians recommendations of slowly introducing one thing at a time starting with cereal.THis is going to turn into a full time job if I dont hit upon something she actually likes.