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Old 03-18-2012, 02:32 AM   #1
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Why do all the doctors (at least all the ones around here) want to start babies off with cereal at 4 months old? I don't really see the point of it. I would rather wait until my baby was older and showed a lot of interest in food and give them something i'd eat myself but is okay for them.

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Old 03-18-2012, 03:03 AM   #2
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The doctors here seem to be the same way. My DD is only 3 months but I have several friends with small babies who all were told to start cereal at 4 months. Each baby hated the cereal and the mama ended up waiting a bit to be able to introduce more appetizing foods.
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doctors here aren't like that. My dd1 did start eating solids when she was 3 months and dd2 was 4 months but we did baby led so we went with their flow. I never fed baby cereal and baby food. I gave them whatever I was eating
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I think it's a throwback to the antiquated idea that a mother's milk diminishes in nutritional value the longer she nurses (which we now know isn't true at all). Baby cereal is packed full of artificial nutrients and vitamins. It's also difficult for many babies to digest.

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I think it's a throwback to the antiquated idea that a mother's milk diminishes in nutritional value the longer she nurses (which we now know isn't true at all). Baby cereal is packed full of artificial nutrients and vitamins. It's also difficult for many babies to digest.

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The doctors I know all recommend waiting until 6 months to start solids, but they still tell parents to start with baby cereal. We skip cereals and purees, and do baby-led weaning. It's much easier, and healthier for the baby.
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Honestly, it is because the AAP council on nutrition says to start at 4 months, while the AAP council on breastfeeding says 6 months. I think they are just spouting what they are told to say.
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Just trust your own instincts and wait until your baby is older & actually shows interest in food, no matter what the doctor says. If your baby is of a healthy weight & thriving, there's no reason to introduce any cereal/other food right now.
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Why do all the doctors (at least all the ones around here) want to start babies off with cereal at 4 months old? I don't really see the point of it. I would rather wait until my baby was older and showed a lot of interest in food and give them something i'd eat myself but is okay for them.
You can wait and you don't have to start with cereal. Iron fortified cereal as starter food came about around the same time as formula was being pushed by pediatricians.... For breastfed babies meats and veggies are good starters. My DS hated anything on a spoon until he was 9 mo. He prefers finger foods over puréed. Our pediatrician recommended we "still keep trying" spoon feedings, but we have let DS take the lead with BLW. Meals are much more enjoyable for all and less stressful
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Not here either. Ours was a bit surprised we started at 4 months but he showed and interest and took to it right away. Every child is different. We couldn't do BLW as our kid could not gum and would choke and hated it.
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We never did cereal. The only time it was even mentioned by our pediatrician was at our 4 month doctor's visit. She asked about our plans for starting solids and told her 6 months (and BLW) and she said if we decided we didn't want to wait until 6 months we could do the cereal at any time.
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