We were given the green light from our pedi to start rice cereal 2x a day, so yesterday was the first try. The morning attempt he accepted probably 7 spoonfulls before getting frustrated, but the evening attempt he wasn't having it at all and pitched a fit from the first spoonfull. My pedi said to not put it in a bottle, since the point is to get him used to spoons, but since i mixed the cereal with my BM, and my freezer stash is super low, I put the remaining mixture in a bottle so the BM wouldn't go to waste. So my questions are:
Should I nurse him a little bit before trying to get him to eat cereal so he's not super hungry and fussy?
If he's fussing, how long should I try to get him to accept the cereal before I surrender and put it in a bottle to feed him?
Since my freezer stash is so low, should I just mix the cereal with formula?
Do I ask my DCP to start trying to give him rice cereal once during the day? Since I only get 2-3 feeding sessions with him during the work week, I'd prefer to nurse in the early morning to allow for the bonding time, since the post-work feeding will be at least partially cereal/highchair time.