The Perfect First Food for Breastfed Babies

Saturday, March 10, 2018

I can't believe McKenna will be 8 months old in a week and a half! She's honestly the most perfect baby and I'm upset that time is going by so fast because I want her to stay little forever! One part of her growing up that was bittersweet was starting solids around 6 months. Starting baby on solids can be an intimidating, but exciting time for new parents. I know it was for my family! We had NO knowledge of how to incorporate solids foods into McKenna's diet, but we did learn a few things that made the whole process a lot easier for our breastfed babe and us!


The two things we did know about starting our breastfed baby on solids was 1. that we wanted her first food to be nutritious and packed full of the nutrients missing from her breastfed diet and 2. that we wanted to give her a single-grain infant cereal as a first food. Single-grain infant cereals are an ideal first solid food to check for food sensitivities and help develop eating skills. To make the whole process of starting cereal easier, we mixed it with breastmilk to give it a familiar flavor.


Gerber DHA & Probiotic Oatmeal is the perfect first food for us because my breasted little one (and yours!) needs iron to support healthy brain development. Around 4 to 6 months babies start to lose their iron stores from birth and need a new source. Just two servings of Gerber infant cereal meet 90% of baby's daily iron needs! Gerber cereal also has essential nutrients such as Zinc, Calcium, Vitamin C, E, and six B Vitamins for healthy development. DHA helps support brain and eye development while Probiotic Bifidus BL helps support digestive health when eaten on a regular basis. It's not hard to see why this infant cereal has been trusted and used for years!


Gerber infant cereals are also non-GMO and contains no artificial flavors or colors so I feel good about it being one of the first foods my baby ever eats. I picked up the Gerber DHA & Probiotic Oatmeal cereal at my local Target (but you can get it pretty much anywhere!) along with a few other essentials for starting baby on solid foods: spoons, bowls, and TONS of bibs!



You can learn more about Gerber infant cereals here and pick up a few of our other favorites from Gerber using this coupon!

We had NO knowledge of how to incorporate solids foods into McKenna's diet, but we did learn a few things that made the whole process a lot easier for our breastfed babe and us! #AD #AnythingForBaby @Gerber #Gerber

5 comments:

  1. Your daughter is too cute! Gerber is one of my favorite baby food brands, and I agree that Oatmeal cereal is a perfect first food for babies.

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  2. This is interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Your daughter is such a cutie! We did the same thing for each of my breastfed daughters. Starting them on cereal mixed with breast milk seems to make the transition easier.

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  4. I love this post! I tried oatmeal with my little guy who is breastfed as well. Definitely a great food option. Your daughter is so cute by the way!

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  5. Interesting. I'm more into pureed vegetables & mashed fruits for my little gal!

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