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Should i feed my baby rice cereal?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: We start cereal at 4 months of age in formula fed babies and 6 months for breast fed babies. There is little benefit for cereal prior to those times.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: Yes, if the doctor recommended adding rice cereal to breastmilk or formula as a thickener to decrease reflux/spitting symptoms. Otherwise, babies under 4 months of age do not eat baby food. They only drink breastmilk and/or formula. Baby food is started at 6 months. Some parents try giving rice cereal at 4-5 months, but that usually is not necessary. It's best to wait until 6 months.

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