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    Default formula in cereal?

    hi ladies. so dd is 6mos now, and her appetite has definitely increased. she is now needing both boobs per feeding every time, and is eating solid foods as well.. so far just cereal and fruits/veggies.

    i'm already taking the max of fenugreek, but my supply isn't keeping up with her now, so i'm wondering, how bad is it to put formula in cereal as opposed to pumping out 4oz/day for cereal? she's nursing just as much as before we started solids, so pumping out that 4oz/day right now is making it harder to nurse her.. i'm ending up with drained/milkless boobs every evening, and she's suckling and fussing for more NURSING, and i don't want to start giving her tons of solids and make the supply issue even worse.

    any thoughts on this? i always said i didn't want to give her formula, but if iti's just used to mix into her cereal, is it bad? honest opinions, please!

    thanks
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    Default Re: formula in cereal?

    let me add (trying to cancel out possible questions, lol):

    we feed from the breast exclusively, rarely pump or do a bottle except if i have an doctor's appt or something

    she has only been eating solid foods consistently for about 4 days now

    we've never introduced formula before

    she nurses about 7-8 times a day still, and wakes up every 3-4 hours at night to eat still (UGH)
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    Default Re: formula in cereal?

    She really doesn't need cereal at all actually, especially if she is already doing well on fruits and veggies, so you don't need to worry about having to put BM or formula in it.

    Have you read about baby led solids? There are a bunch of threads about it. Let me see if I can find some of them for you.
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    I'm Hillary
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    Yeah I'd say nix the cereal if it's causing you troubles! 4oz is quite a bit extra to pump!! If you want to give her cereal I'd just do with whatever extra you have that day. No need for huge amounts, she's really just learning with it, not really for nutrition at this point.

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    Default Re: formula in cereal?

    I agree with the pp's, you don't really need to feed your LO any cereal. But if you still wanted to, you could always just use water to make the cereal. My LO actually preferred her cereal made with water and ate it just fine prepared that way.
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    I had the same problem and I now use formula for my DD's cereal. She has never had it in a bottle so I am very proud of myself for that but trying to pump for the extra to mix the cereal was just too much and my DD did not like it with just water.

    Just remember that you are introducing something new so don't give anything else new at the same time!

    Good luck in deciding what is best for you and your LO!!!

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    Default Re: formula in cereal?

    You can also make the cereal with water instead. Especially if your LO is still nursing a lot and eating other foods.
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    Default Re: formula in cereal?

    thanks, ladies.

    dd's pediatrician told me to try harder to get her on solids.. she wasn't really ready when we tried at 4.5 months, 5 months, and 5.5 months. at 6 mos now, she is enjoying them and eating them with relish.. like i said, we've only been doing them for about 5 days now, since her 6mos checkup.. and the only reason we tried again was b/c when i told her ped that dd wasn't interested, he told me that at 6 mos, i should be forcing the issue a little more, b/c if i kept on letting her only nurse, she may develop aversions to solids, and that if nothing else, she needs to be experiencing new tastes and textures from a developmental standpoint at this age... so now i don't know what to think. i do know that my supply is down these days, as she's eating more (i'm talking about nursing)..

    anyway, thank you for the information. i'll figure this whole thing out eventually..
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    Default Re: formula in cereal?

    I gotta totally disagree with your pediatrician. At 6 months I think you should be just starting your solids journey (I'm going by what the AAP says, that babies should not have solids before 6 months) and really there have been LOTS of babies who don't start solids until much closer to a year. I think forcing foods would cause more food issues than letting a child learn at their own pace KWIM? Now maybe if she was 3 and wasn't eating anything, that might be cause for intervention.
    It sounds like she's doing ok now. I'm thinking your ped may have you on the solids to wean by a year track. Meaning LOTS of solids so you might take some time to think about what your nursing goals are and that. Babies who start large amounts of solids early wean early. That might be good with you, just FYI though!!

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