At my son's 4-month check-up, he had hit a weight plateau (he is exclusively breastfed). The doctor didn't seem too worried about it. She said that it's pretty common for breastfed babies to hit a plateau like that, but it was usually closer to six months. She recommended we try a little bit of rice and start transitioning him to solids slowly. We've been trying a few times a week since then (about two months now) and have not had any luck. He gets one taste of it and starts screaming, gagging, flailing his body around, etc. Even when we can get some of the cereal in him, he ends up throwing it up about a half hour later.
We've tried mixing the cereal with both formula and breastmilk. We've tried rice and barley. We've tried a spoon, dropper, and bottle. We've tried holding him, sitting him in the high chair, laying him back in the bouncy chair. We've tried sleepy, wide awake, before breastfeeding, after breastfeeding, etc. NOTHING IS WORKING! :-( I'm worried he won't have gained any weight at all by his next check-up.
I also feel like I once read that babies react that way when they know they are eating something bad for them (ie a child experiencing lactose intolerance will scream and cry when they are given milk, as if their bodies let them know that the milk is bad for them even before a doctor has figured it out). I'm wondering if he could be having some sort of reaction, but I'm thinking probably not since we've tried both barley and rice and not had any luck with either.
Any advice/thoughts would be appreciated! :-)
I mixed it with a little apple juice and water to sweeten it up too.
we skipped rice with both kids. Try mashing up some fresh avocado or giving him some pureed apple instead. Rice cereal is gross by itself. Have you ever tried it? Yuck. lol
lol. When mixed with breast milk it is not bad because breast milk is sweet. I know that may sound gross, but I wanted to know what she was eating lol.
Since he's 6 months now, try different foods. Pears are supposed to be easy on the digestive system. Since the rice isn't working, don't give it to him anymore. Wait 5-7 days in between trying new food. If he doesn't eat something at this point, it's ok. He's getting all the nutrition he needs from your breastmilk.