My little one will be 6 months in a month and has started showing agressive signs of wanting to start solids... starting about a month back. She is top of her class in weight and height and has done everything on par or earlier than we expected. However, I am adamant about NOT starting her on solids until she turns at least 6 months old. It's hard though when she watches mommy and daddy eat and is begging with her eyes and her hands!
I have been exclusively breastfeeding on demand and have never pumped. A few weeks back, I bought a few jars of Earth's Best starting purees (apples, pears, bananas, peas, carrots and sweet potatoes) and a box of their rice cereal. I have heard, and read, from many sources to start baby off with rice cereal. (although I'm really looking forward to letting her try some avacado). The directions on the back of the box say to mix the rice cereal with either water or breast milk. I would prefer mommy's milk because it seems to me that it would be a bit more nutritious and I think she would take to it better if it had a familiar taste. However, again, with never having pumped, I am at a loss on how to mix this cereal with milk! Is hand expressing enough? It doesn't seem to me that I would be able to produce enough milk with hand expressing in one sitting to be able to mix enough cereal. What about pumping? I have the same concern. When you are pumping or hand expressing milk in small increments, how do you store this? *i am beginning to think i am in the wrong forum* Do you store 20 little bags from each time you are able to get some out? Or do you continuously add to the same pouch? Then to follow up on that, do you mix the refrigerated milk to the cereal or do you have to warm it up first. If so, how? If you have more than you need in one pouch/bottle, do you warm the entire thing up and then the unused portion is wasted?
I'm sorry. I'm such a novice.
Any help would be appreciated!