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cereal and bf

I recently start my dd on cereal.  she has about a tablespoon during the afternoon, and another before bath at 7pm then I nurse her around 9 til she goes to sleep.  Of course she isn't eating as much as she used to because of the cereal.  Is it ok to let my supply go down.  Is this the natural order of things because she will be starting other foods shortly, or should I pump the rest out?

Re: cereal and bf

  • At 4 months, she should not drop any nursing sessions yet!   Breastmilk is the primary source of calories for the first year - solids should be started very slowly and breastmilk should always be offered before solids until much closer to one.  Solids are just for practice the first few months and shouldn't replace any breastmilk calories.

    If I were you, I'd drop the solids if it's causing her to nurse less.  There's no need to start until 6 months and even then you should go slowly.

  • I also suggest nursing first if you decide to continue the cereal. The breastmilk is the BEST thing to offer for her health.
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  • Solids should be hugely for experimentation at this point. And as a previoius poster mentioned, 4 months is actually on the young side for starting them. Most health organizations do not recommend starting solids of any kind until at *least* 6 months. And even then, only if LO is showing signs of being ready: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/solids-when.html .

    If you're comfortable doing so, you may want to hold off on solids for another month or so. But once you do go into solids, ALWAYS offer nursing first. Then offer solids after. Breastmilk is supposed to be primary source of nutrition for the first *year*. Hope this helps.

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