Another cereal question lol

Tracy - posted on 12/31/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I started my 17 week old on rice cereal twice a day as advised from my doctor. Should I be doing it three times a day? For breakfast lunch and dinner? or just stick to two? Also on the box it says to feed one tablespoon...She was still hungry after one tablespoon. I ended up giving her three tablespoons altogether. Should I be giving her the cereal until she is full? or feeding her one serving of Cereal and giving formula after if she is still hungry? I don't want her to get constipated if i give her too much cereal. I'm not sure what to do. Also how long should I keep her on cereal before starting stage 1 foods? thanks

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Kelly - posted on 01/02/2010

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i am not an expert by any means..i have my dtr who is 6 months (my 1st)...so i am still learning..but we just recently started the whole solid food thing..she is a monster when it comes to eating...my mom just says to feed her until she is full like any normal person would do themselves... i know by my friend who is an RN said that the rice can be binding so we feed her happy bellies oatmeal..it also comes in whole grain which will not bind either.... we started with 1 1/2 tbsp of cereal and then 5 oz of formula....

if she is tolerating the oatmeal i would say try mixing in some applesauce when you can too!

Nikki - posted on 01/01/2010

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stik wit twice until u kno she passin stools well... then wen shes comfortable go on to three ... give her a most a cupl spoons at a time n if shes still hungry give her milk she may like it n be comfortable wid it straight away but her gut still needs to get used to digestin it n this obviously takes longer then milk... i kno frm experience my lil1 got extremely constipated n woke up in the mid of the night literally shoutin cos she was strainin so hard (loudest noise iv heard her make to date :( ) i felt so gultty had to rush her to the kitchen u pump her with pears n freshly squeezed orange juice to loosen hr up ! big mistake jus take it real slow at first giv her about 3 days to a week on each stage jus to make sure everythings spassin through smoothly.. n if not then tek her a step or 2 bk thers no harm in stoppin n startin wen her bodies more able to receive it (with regards to ne n every food) good luk n happy weanin :) its fun wen u get goin n bbys enjoyin ther food

Paulette - posted on 12/31/2009

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You should be giving her formula first, then just topping up with solids. I never start my babies on cereal, as it does tend to constipate them (found out by experience!) I begin with pureed fruits and vegetables. Feed as much as she wants - but only After her bottle. If she is satisfied with one or two solid feeds per day (good sleeping is a reliable indication) then wait awhile before adding an additional solid feed. If she does get constipated I found 1 teaspoon of flaxseed oil added to the solids solved the problem. See my website motheringadvice.org.nz for free advice.
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The book What to Expect the First Year helped me alot to know when and how much and all. You can find them fairly cheap at thrift stores and consignment shops. I would recommend getting that and then it will help you down the road to know what to do with food and such....

Sarah - posted on 12/31/2009

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When doing cereal you want to make sure she is still getting enough formula. So I would say you could experiement with it. If her formula intake is still the same before you started the cereal you could try adding a little bit more cereal and seeing how that goes. If her formula intake has gone down then do formula, or if you notice that her stools are getting harder you can decrease the cereal a little bit and increase the formula. As she grows you will notice her being able to do a little bit more cereal. I would ask your doc about when to start the stage 1's. Usually that is at 6 months of age, but your doc will be able to better answer that question for you. The big thing is you don't want the amount of milk she drinks to go down (that is where most of her nutrients come from).

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