Should I Start Cereal at 2 1/2 Months?

Kimberly A. Tessmer's picture

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
My question is my daughter is 2½ months old. She is only eating breast milk (no formula). Well, people are trying to get me to feed my baby rice cereal but I read that if you start a baby on cereal to early it can cause allergies later on in life. Should I wait until she is 4 months or start her now. She weighs 13 pounds 3 ounces.

ANSWER

For most full-term, healthy babies breast milk is the only food needed for the first six months of life. Breast milk provides protection from infections by sharing the mother's immunities with the baby, until the baby has a chance to build up an immune system. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that water, juice, and other foods are generally unnecessary in the first 6 months of life. Ask your pediatrician about what signs to look for, to show that your baby is ready to begin eating solid foods.

-- Kimberly, RD LD