Sunday, July 8, 2012

RICE&OATMEAL!

What a wonderful welcome into the world of food! Single grain rice and oatmeal. Mixed with that hearty breast milk of course. Jude was strictly breastfed for his first six months and at six months and a few days he started rice cereal. He ate that once a day for a few days, then twice a day for a week. Then, oatmeal twice a day for a week. Then, oatmeal and rice cereal mixed together for a week!

 It was important to me to wait until six months to feed him solids, unless he was showing signs of unsatisfaction of course. Yes, he eats every couple hours around the clock but I do not mind. He is a growing boy and breast milk digests so fast he gets hungry more frequently but he has been satisfied with the frequent feedings. Research has shown it is beneficial to wait to feed your baby solids. Their stomachs are more developed and it can be hard on their little tummies to introduce food too soon. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for your baby for about six months. I am glad, and proud, that we stuck it out after a rough start! By six months, he was ready and excited for that cereal! It was a sticky mess at first and he wasn't quite sure what the spoon was all about, but he is getting the hang of it and opens that mouth up wide!







Come on dad, I can feed myself!


Finger-lickin good.