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What's wrong with rice cereal?

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
I was reading the the other post about about the momma whose baby is underweight, when I saw a couple of references to rice cereal being bad ... rather than hijack her thread, I'd figure I'd just ask it outright ...

What's wrong with rice cereal?

Not that DS is eating it at 3 mos (we're waiting until 6 months or later if he's ready later) to start solids ... I had never heard anything bad about rice cereal except early introduction of rice cereal ...

So what's the deal?
post #2 of 30
It's refined, for starters, has little to no nutrition except what they add to it, doesn't really introduce baby to different flavors or tastes, etc etc. It is completely fine if you grind it and cook it yourself. But not the best for a starter food.
post #3 of 30
It's pretty much just empty calories...it fills the baby up, but they're not getting the same nutrition they would be through breastmilk.

Oh, and my son was in the 1st percentile, and rice cereal didn't help him gain weight at all...he actually lost weight because it filled him up enough that he didn't eat much breastmilk.
post #4 of 30
we eat it too stop diarehea so maybe it would constpate a babe
post #5 of 30
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much, mommas! I learn so much on MDC.

So what is a better option to introduce babes to solids? Is another cereal better, or do you just start with the veggies?
post #6 of 30
#1. Rice cereal has next to no nutritional content
#2. constipating
#3. The whole purpose of solids in the first year is to experiment with texture and taste- rice cereal has neither

I would not start solids until at LEAST 6 months then I would start with fruits and veggies that they can self-feed.

-Angela
post #7 of 30
Most rice cereals (heck most baby cereals period) are fortified w/iron. When a baby ingests that iron, it causes their gut to change and they no longer absorb the bio-available iron in breastmilk as easily/readily. Doctors will tell you that breastmilk doesn't have much iron in it and that is true. But what they fail to tell you is that the iron that breastmilk does contain is highly available for absorbtion by the baby.

It's like giving your kid an entire dropper full of tylenol because you know they're going to spit out half of it anyway (my sister does this, I don't use tylenol - it was the only analogy I could think of.)
post #8 of 30
Our ped said not to bother with rice cereal (or any other cereals) for the same reasons all pp's have stated-just empty calories. He was all for my wanting to do sweet potatoes, peaches, squash, pears, apples, avocado....
post #9 of 30
im glad you posted this..i was going to do the same
post #10 of 30
what about brown rice cereal?
post #11 of 30
Has anyone used the Earth's Best Organic brown rice cereal? Dd is only 3mo, but someone gave it to me so I'm hanging onto it...
post #12 of 30
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Originally Posted by curlyfry
Has anyone used the Earth's Best Organic brown rice cereal? Dd is only 3mo, but someone gave it to me so I'm hanging onto it...
I have! I didn't give my son any rice cereal but that. I could have eaten a bowl of it, it really does, to me, taste like brown rice and he liked it too.
post #13 of 30

Maybe I'm dense, BUT...

I have been eating Cream of Wheat almost every single morning for breakfast. It is also fortified with iron. If I am bf'ing, do you think I might be constipating my babe? She has seemed to be pushing really hard when she poos. (Maybe that is normal for 5wk old babies as my mother said?)

Sorry this is slightly off topic, but the rice cereal is probably similar in content to Cream of Wheat and it made me wonder...
Does anyone know if I'm taking in too much iron if that will affect my babe?
post #14 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by spiritmomma
She has seemed to be pushing really hard when she poos.
are her poops still very runny? constipation is not judged by how long between poops or how grunty/red they get, but if the poop is still loose and watery for a bf baby...

Quote:
Does anyone know if I'm taking in too much iron if that will affect my babe?
I don't *think* it will. But I am not positive.


I only feed dd rice cereal if she has the runs. We started her at 6 months on bananas and avocado, mushed up.
post #15 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by spiritmomma
I have been eating Cream of Wheat almost every single morning for breakfast. It is also fortified with iron. If I am bf'ing, do you think I might be constipating my babe? She has seemed to be pushing really hard when she poos. (Maybe that is normal for 5wk old babies as my mother said?)

Sorry this is slightly off topic, but the rice cereal is probably similar in content to Cream of Wheat and it made me wonder...
Does anyone know if I'm taking in too much iron if that will affect my babe?
My ped said the amount of Iron in moms Blood does not affect the amount in mom's blood stream.

I asked because I have the opposite problem. I am anemic and was throughout my pregnancy also. Sage was born almost 2 months early so I was really concerned about her Iron Stores and thought since I am anemic that I wasn't giving her enough Iron in my milk. We just had her checked and her levels were at 11.9 (anything above 10.5 is good) Mine on the other hand was 8.1 last I had it checked
post #16 of 30
On the OT, I also am fairly sure I read somewhere here on MDC that we can not digest grain until we have Molars as we do not produce the necessary enzymes until the first set of Molars come through
post #17 of 30
OP asked what to do instead of rice cereal -

with both kids we did sweet potato and avocado (about one week apart). Both can be given mashed or diced or in big hand-held chunks (tho w/avo I'd wait until they're old enough to have a couple of teeth). The sp is GREAT food for babies - second best to breastmilk, in fact. Yams are ok, but taste different. That's where we started and I gotta say I have great eaters who eat everything (almost). Once they get a taste for food, and that can take a while for some babies, then I offer whatever I'm eating. I don't eat dairy or wheat, so other than honey and eggs everything is fair game. He just gums stuff like broccoli and beans (LOVES beans), chick peas, sprouts, cooked carrots, etc. We don't do much in the way of cooking specially for him, but I do buy jars of food for a quick meal when I'm busy or if we go out. The organic food is great and simple and has no preservatives, so once it's open, use it or toss it. and HAVE FUN!!!
post #18 of 30
I never use rice cereal plain. But I do use it to thicken up fruits or veggies that are too runny-- makes for a nice spoonable consistency, and adds some iron.
post #19 of 30
Does anyone know when quinoa can be introduced? It is a supergrain, and very easy to make into a mushy cereal for baby...

I did rice cereal with my first but have since changed to veggies and fruits and quite a while past the 6 month mark.

Cool thread!!
post #20 of 30
So do you make it yourself or just skip it? What's wrong with Earth's best brown rice cereal? I started with it according to the Super Baby Food book, but quickly introduced veggies and fruit. I mashed and pureed produce myself, but never felt like making cereal myself. Maybe people rely on it too much or something. I never had trouble with constipation because I was still bfing as well. It's not like people use cereal to the exclusion of veggies, fruits and breastmilk. I didn't know that about the iron though..
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