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Can I mix rice milk (unflavored) with my daughter's cereal if I'm running a little dry on breastmilk? I've used water but was wondering if the rice milk would be better. She's 4 1/2 months and taking rice cereal like a champ; no signs of allergies and wants the spoon. Any suggestions? :tandem
 

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I would think it would be fine in her cereal.
 

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If you want her to get any nutritional value from it, I suggest you get the enriched types. Other than that,<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
FWIW, DD told me once that the vanilla flavored that we get tastes like my milk. I suspect it's the sweetness she was comparing, rather than the vanilla flavor itself.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I'd also recommend the enriched kind. Vanilla is pretty good.
 

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i'd pump if i was running low on milk at 4 1/2 m postpartum, personally. supply= demand, & all that. (maybe the rice cereal so early is part of why supply is low?)<br><br>
don't get me wrong, i'm not in the 'don't supplement till 12 m' school (i've had two babies not interested in food till after 6 m, but the middle one grabbed banana out of my mouth at 4 1/2 m), it just strikes me as a veteran nurser that these could be preventable issues.<br><br>
for older babies eating regularly i don't know why rice milk would be harmful in moistening the library paste they call 'rice cereal', as long as it is not a major source of nutrition.<br><br>
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I think a number of things are effecting my milk supply: my original appetite has come back so I'm taking in fewer calories, that combined with being outside more and more (walked 10 miles today alone) so I'm burning far more calories now compared to when I first brought her home in January, and finally she's just an eating machine! It got difficult to pump because she would eat all the time, when she went to sleep and I finally got a chance there would be nothing left! She's held her head up since 3 weeks so our doc said it was OK to try cereal and she really likes it. I only give it to her once a day when I give it and she's still breastfeeding the rest of the time. I was just wondering if rice milk could be used for cereal so my pumped milk could be used in the sippy cup when she goes to grandma's; she never took any of the 50 bottles we've tried.<br>
If there is anyway I can boost my supply I'd love to hear it. I drink teas, take my vitamins and eat tons of veggies. :tandem<br>
I feel like my baby is 4 1/2 mo. going on 15! Teenage years should be a hoot!
 

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Cereal at 3 WEEKS? That Dr needs to go back to school! Your not supposed to start solids till at least 6 MONTHS and the following apply:<br><br>
Sits with support and has good head control<br>
Doubled birth weight and weighs at least 13 pounds<br>
Continues to be hungry after 8 to 10 breast feedings or drinks 32 ounces of formula a day<br><br>
My daughter was born with the ability to hold her head up, that didn't mean she was really to start solids the day she was born. Shame on that Dr!<br><br>
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why are you walking so much? 10 miles is a bit excessive for anyone imo
 

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I started feeding my little one rice milk and cereal at 4 mo too after I went back to dancing and couldn't keep up with nursing and pumping and still getting enough calories to stay upright.<br>
I think starting him that young helped him become the really adventurous eater he is now and papa could take care of his hunger needs if I was out and there was nothing pumped which helped them bond and gave me more free time.<br>
Maybe use breastmilk as much as you can and rice milk as back up? We prefer original, enriched rice dream, it seems to taste the best.<br>
I still nurse on demand at 13 mo and never noticed a real supply problem myself, but to build up your milk try lots and lots of water, milk thistle, nettle, good beer and lots of rest.
 

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i second the good beer & rest (i wish i could find some nettles!) i have two voracious nursing toddlers (i wish they'd drink my rice dream, lol, that & cow's milk they've no taste for. i can't get them to drink *juice* but about once a week. they are water drinkers) & in spring i am berserk with exercise (the garden: hauling loads of wet clay topsoil while chasing toddlers is indeed aerobic activity) & i'm still meeting production goals, so to speak.<br><br>
one nice beer in the late afternoon- mmmm. oatmeal is good. & if you are not vegan, organic pastured butter & eggs are marvelous energy sources.<br><br>
if you are walking so much to lose weight, nurse, nurse, nurse. i have been losing steadily & can eat *anything* (movie stars might want to lose it quicker, but at 41 i am happy enough losing a couple pounds a month.)<br><br>
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