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    Default Is rice cereal considered a "solid"?

    I'm a first-time mom so am very new at all of this. I breastfeed my little girl, but have had to start supplementing 1oz of formula with each bottle because I'm not producing enough to keep up with her (although I'm working on increasing my milk supply after some suggestions from a friend).

    My little girl is 4 mos 1 week old and we started giving her rice cereal. She is actually doing quite well with it. It is supplemented with my breastmilk, not in place of. (I breastfeed first and then we have some cereal). However, should I be doing this???

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    Mar 2006

    Default Re: Is rice cereal considered a "solid"?

    Yes it is considered a solid. La Leche League recommends that the following as signs of readiness for solids:

    * he is about six months old
    * he can sit up without any support
    * he continues to be hungry despite more frequent nursing which is unrelated to illness or teething
    * he has lost the tongue-thrusting reflex and does not push solids out of his mouth
    * he can pick up things with his finger and thumb (pincer grasp)

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    Default Re: Is rice cereal considered a "solid"?

    If you are having supply issues I would suggest you hold off on the cereal until you get that resolved. Nursing before giving solids is the right thing to do, but the cereal in her belly may keep her full longer and therefore she would not be nursing as often as she would otherwise. The current AAP recomendation is to exclusively breastfeed until at least 6 months old.
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    Default Re: Is rice cereal considered a "solid"?

    Just curious, what makes you think you're not producing enough?

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    Sep 2007
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    Default Re: Is rice cereal considered a "solid"?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mammaof2 View Post
    Just curious, what makes you think you're not producing enough?
    yeah, that

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    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: Is rice cereal considered a "solid"?

    Anything that isn't breastmilk or formula is a solid. I'd definitely wait on the cereal- other than the vitamins and minerals it's fortified with, cereal is just empty starch. It lacks the healthy fats, proteins, and sugars that breastmilk (or, to a lesser extent) formula supplies- the things that are necessary for healthy growth. If you absolutely need to supplement, IMHO formula is a better choice than cereal.

    Can you tell us why you think your supply is low, and what you're doing to correct it? A lot of us have had a lot of experience with low supply, so maybe we can help!

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