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I'm currently bf my dd Kyla who is 6 months old. About 2 weeks ago, I introduced rice cereal and have slowly been adding different fruits and veggies to her diet. Last night I introduced oatmeal cereal. When I've introduced the cereals, I've been using breastmilk to make the cereal and then switching over to water once she takes to it. Kyla doesn't seem to have a preference. However, I have a hard time keeping up my breastmilk supply and get just enough for her bottles so I don't really have any extra for the cereal (hence using water). I have a bunch of formula from when she was first born and the drs wanted us to supplement because of her jaundice.
Should I use the formula to mix with her cereal instead of water? She's on the lower end of the weight scale and I know that she'd get more nutrients with the formula than the water.
On the other hand, I've heard that a little bit of water is good once they start eating solids to help their kidneys process the waste better...
so I'm a little confused...what do you do and what would you all suggest?
I really do not know the "rule of thumb" when it comes to what to use.......all seems to be ok....
personally I would and do use formula for Katie's oatmeal cereal. You want her to get most of her nutrients from Breast milk or formula anyway...so that is what I would suggest.
Maybe one of the other ladies could offer more advice
I switch off between formula and BM, just depends on how much pumped milk I have on hand. When I talked with the pediatrician at DS's 4 month appt she said that while we could use water in the cereal she recommends sticking to either BM or formula b/c they have nutritional benefits whereas water is just water.
I hadn't heard about the connection between kidneys and solids...
I would also suggest BM when it's available and formula when it's not, for the nutrients.
They really don't need much water and if you want to try water you could give her a few sips in a cup to start teaching her how to use a cup, but at 6 months I believe you can do more harm with too much water than not enough. I think she can have 1-2oz at most per meal and sips of water to hydrate in hot weather.
"Babies don't really need water, or any liquid other than breast milk or formula, until after their first birthday," says Rachel Brandeis, a registered dietitian in Atlanta. After age 1, water and milk are Brandeis's baby beverages of choice. "You want to be sure juices don't displace milk in a baby's diet," she says. Once your baby celebrates his first birthday, you can let him drink as much water as he wants.