Exclusively breastfeeding and giving baby juice and cereal.

Lacey - posted on 08/06/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I started out exclusively breastfeeding my son and all was going great until he was about 6 weeks old. At that point he started eating more often for shorter periods of time. My mom mentioned that my milk may not be satisfying him and that maybe I should try giving him rice cereal and apple juice. At that point my milk supply was in great and I haven't had any problems with it since then. I was just wanting any input on feeding baby food before four or five months. Please share with me your thoughts.

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Another problem that can occur if you give rice cereal is constipation! If you are concerned about your supply, try going to see your doctor or I believe La Leche League is popular in the US.
A big problem with listening to older generations is that we know a lot more than we did. My mother smoked when she was pregnant with me because it was "perfectly fine", but we know a lot more about what that does to babies now and most wouldn't imagine doing it.
Good luck!

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Most posters have said something similar to what I would suggest. I exclusively breastfed my 2 boys (until a couple months ago when I've had to supplement my second with formula) and it's true that it's a matter of supply and demand. The more you feed, the more milk you will produce. My first son was a big eater during growth spurts and would cluster feed most of the day... that's one big cluster! :-) He would eat every hour (sometimes every 1/2 hour!), except when he was napping. That usually continues for several days to 2 weeks. It sounds like your baby is doing just that (he's the right age for his first growth spurt). There's no need to supplement with anything else just yet, just try feeding more frequently.
A baby's digestive tract isn't mature enough to handle food at that age, so the most natural way of solving the problem is breastfeeding more. Another problem is introducing sugar to him at such an early stage. If you continue giving him sugar (in the form of fruit juice) it could damage the teeth that will be coming along soon.
Good luck!

Annette - posted on 08/09/2009

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ur definately not stupid for asking, that's rediculous, so just ignore rebecca. the american pediatrics association says that it's best to wait until 6 months before introducing solids. but u don't need to give him formula either. babies go thru stages like that every now and then and it's normal, he will go back to eating normally. actually it sounds like a growth spurt and 6 weeks is about the right age for one, so feed on demand b/c he is telling ur body to begin producing more at one time. if it's just "grazing" try to stick it out and he will be fine.

Iysha - posted on 08/09/2009

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Also, about constipation, my baby's pediatrition said that a lot of the time parents think their babies are constipated, but the babies aren't. He said that if the baby is having a hard time going poop, and when they finally do go, it is hard stools, then they're constipated... if it's soft and normal looking it could be that the baby hasn't mastered the art of going poop. I know it sounds funny, but we take going to the bathroom for granted. A lot of babies have a hard time realizing that they have to push with their abdomen AND relax their anal sphincter (but hole muscles). So what the baby's are doing is pushing against something that is tight, thus not being able to release. Just something my baby's doc and I discussed when I thought my one month old was constipated. lol

Amelia - posted on 08/09/2009

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Also to the woman with the 5 week old baby who's baby has constipation. Just a question. How do you know your baby has constipation? Because breastfeeding babies can go days with out having a bowel movement, it is normal. I talked to my Dr.about it. Breastfeeding babies have kind of unpredictable b.m.'s at early ages. Unless your baby is really having a hard time and is having discomfort when she tries to pass it I would not worry about it and I certainly wouldn't put my 5 week old baby in any kind of juice. :)

Amelia - posted on 08/09/2009

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I would talk to your pedi. But I have exclusively breastfed both of my children for over a year for both and I just let them eat when they wanted to, sometimes they didnt have to eat as often, sometimes they ate more. If its too much for you though I would try supplementing with formula. I wouldnt feed the baby cereal or apple juice, babies that young aren't able to digest those kinds of foods. You could try giving the baby a bottle of water too, I did that and it helped alot. Sometimes they seem hungry when all they want is oral stimulation. Do you use a paci?

Lacey - posted on 08/09/2009

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Thank all of you for your responses. I feel like I am doing the right thing for my son and myself. He's growing and doing very well. Please feel free to continue to share your thoughts, I am loving the input.

Lacey

Iysha - posted on 08/09/2009

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BTW.... juice, diluted or not, is not more nutritious or "natural" than formula. lol. Formula is made to simulate breast milk. It is as close as anything can get to breast milk. It has all the nutritions that a baby needs. Juice doesn't. It has only a select few vitamins, minerals, whatever... and sugar. Sorry to tell you this, but just because your mom said so, doesn't mean she is right. Before you listen to anybody's advice, including mine or anybody else's, ask your doctor. Do it for your baby's sake.

Iysha - posted on 08/09/2009

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I talked to my baby's pediatrition and he said that many people, especially older people, will say to incorporate juice and cereal into m baby's diet but that that doesn't mean I should do it. He said that baby's don't need food for nutrition until they are around 6 MONTHS old. Giving a baby tastes of juice won't hurt them, but is kinda pointless. It's just giving them something sweet to taste. A six week old baby should not be given juice or rice cereal. Babies will start needing more milk as they continue to grow. If you are only breast feeding, your milk supply shoud grow with your baby's appetite =] if not, subsitute with some formula.

Carnegie - posted on 08/09/2009

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While I am now surprised at the responses you have been getting I am encouraged to know that I am not the only new mom in this spot.. ..my son is 5 weeks yesterday and while I breastfeed he has a problem with constipation and our ped. nurse started him on a routine of apple/pear juice because I wanted him to stick with the most natural treatment. The response has been about the same but as long as we aren't replacing a whole meal with juice there isn't a problem.. ..good luck :)

Mel - posted on 08/09/2009

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its fine Lacey the childrens hospital actually put my daughter on solids at 3 months, couldnt hold her head up well and coudlnt sit up yet or anythig it was just for weight gain so do not stress. if it was dangerous they would not recommend it to some especially failure to thrive or aspirating babies. good luck

Lynlee - posted on 08/08/2009

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Resist your mums advice - I know they mean well but things were different when they had babies and know it is best if you give nothing but breastmilk (or formula) until 4-6 months. Juice is full of sugar so don't even go there with a baby so young. It's natural for a baby to want more milk as he grows - you just need to feed more often.

Kristen - posted on 08/07/2009

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It's called cluster feeding. They cluster feed at birth, two weeks of age, around six weeks, and three months. They can cluster feed later in life if they are only getting breast milk. This is natural and it is the way babies tell the moms to make more milk. DO NOT GIVE THE BABY ANYTHING ELSE!! Your milk changes to meet the needs of your growing baby. Introducing formula and foods will only hurt your milk supply. Let your baby nurse as much as they want. This phase will pass soon.

Nubia - posted on 08/07/2009

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wow that first lady was very rude. but any ways your baby might just be more hungry why dont you try putting a little bit of rice cereal in a bottle with breast milk if you only want to breast feed him i found that when my oldest son was like that it helped him and he was able to rest a bit more i would do it especially in his last bottle seeing as how he would sleep from 10 to 6 but as he got a bit bigger i put a little bit in all his bottles. i dont see anything wrong with giving the baby food but i would wait just a little more before i did that i started to give my son food like around 3 1/2 months or so and he did just fine.

Catherine - posted on 08/07/2009

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Your baby may be going through a natural growth spurt. If you are still at home with him most of the time feed him as often as he requests, the more he nurses the more milk your body will produce. It is the law of supply and demand.

Karen - posted on 08/07/2009

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Juice is not really a good idea at such a young age. Juice isn't generally introduced until after 6 months of age. Cereal would be fine if the baby is tolerating it, and stick to the formula and or breastmilk. Some babies just decide they need to feed more often on certain days than others, could be going through a growth spurt on the days he is wanting to feed more often.

Lacey - posted on 08/06/2009

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I refuse to use formula. Juice and cereal are more natural foods than formula in my opinion. And on that note my son has had no problems with the cereal or juice, he loves, and only gets it every other day. The juice is also diluted with water, so that the sugar content isn't so high.

Stephanie - posted on 08/06/2009

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Well, no one is stupid for trying something.... however, it generally isn't in the best interest of the baby to start them on anything other than breastmilk or formula for at least 4 months. There are exceptions though... my baby's doctor put him on cereal (1tsp, twice a day) at 3 months old to help with reflux. It has helped tremendously! And the best part is that Micah never had to be on any medication, which would have been the next step. But, if your milk is in and your son is feeding well, I wouldn't worry about any solids (and certainly no juice, which is full of sugar) for a while yet!

User - posted on 08/06/2009

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feeding your baby apple juice and cereal at 2 months?...wow your stupid...there is a reason your not supposed to feed your baby anything but milk until they are AT LEAST 4 months old. You feed them formula if they are still hungry after breast feeding. SIGH the poor kid. Doesn't have a hope in the world!

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