New mom looking for help

Kistia - posted on 06/05/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I know the doctors say not to start rice cereal for a long time but I have heard several mothers say they start one feeding at night so they would sleep longer when do you do this? or should you do this ever?

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Amanda - posted on 06/07/2009

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Quoting Emma:

i would say dont do it less than 5months...when my brother in law was little he had to go to hospital cause the baby sitter put it in his milk n it cut up his stomach. if your
BF try a top up or a FF before bed this helps my little one sleep through



OMG i love that pic! that is so cute

Amanda - posted on 06/07/2009

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no yuo should not. just try to deal with the lack of sleep. it is something we all have to deal with. rice cereal is not good for the baby and is a choking hazard. do you want to cause your baby possible allergies, tummy problems and choking plus fill him up on empty calories so you can get some more shut eye. just tough it out this will pass

Melissa - posted on 06/07/2009

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Serioulsy,just both of you just give it up yes Bridget you do know alot hell you have taught me most of what I know as well as helping me choose the right course so no disrespect but some people just dont want to change even if it may be for the better andyou can only own what you do for your family but its so not worth arguing with someone as it doesnt benefit you and you are stressed and angry over it. Believe me not worth it. Thanks I have seen you have defended me but I do not need defending you have said its out there, lets move on.



Do you really care what people think of you that dont know you, I know you dont. Soon you will be a pediatrician so soon by the way time flies, you will get to do the miracle work then

Mel - posted on 06/07/2009

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i dont care how much i piss you off you still shouldnt be saying it in public. just because you have some education doesnt make you a pediatric dietition or pediatrician or any other kind of child health professional. i think id rather take my advice from them as i do. thats why my daughter doing so well with weight gain because i take my advice from them. they know what they are talking about. i can see you two are very similar in the way you speak and act but doesnt give you the right to act like a child on a public forum. we're supposed to be supportive mothers here. act like one. if you would like to discuss this ,more personal msg me, dont do it on this poor ladys thread

Bridget - posted on 06/07/2009

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I dont like you enough to STALK your post I have education in nutrition so I liked the posts of feeding, but on everyone youhappen to be there, Not stalking just helping your not worth of stalking, just sick of your parenting advice and I will be the one to say it, plus Melissa A has actually asked me to not reply rudely to you as she is my friend but she also did say she is responsible for being a mod. You just piss me of so much I can not help but to tell you what I think I am so sick of everyone listening to your pitty partys go make a group for whiners. You'll fit in great there.

Mel - posted on 06/06/2009

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lmao funny you should say this my little girl did actually rely on maccas its all she would eat along with custards and yogurts. now she doesn eat any of it. you have clear personal issues with me due to your friend but dont let that get in the way of how you give advice. dont stalk me on here. send me a personal msg or write on my wall if you have to.

Bridget - posted on 06/06/2009

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Melissa if you could have your way babies would be eating Bigmacs and having a milkshake with it at the age 1 month

Esther - posted on 06/06/2009

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I say wait until 6 months. Some pediatricians give the OK at 4 months but I would personally wait and certainly don't start before your doctor gives the OK. There are concerns about feeding too early such as triggering food allergies. Feeding before the 4th month has also been linked to developing diabetes later in life according to the American Medical Association. You may also want to think about feeding too early as wasting the cereal you feed. Babies usually can not digest the cereal that is fed so no nutrition is being gained from the food given. Up until the 6th month, babies can get all the necessary nutrients from breast milk or formula.

Getting a little extra sleep (which by the way has not be proven to be the case) is not worth the health risk to your baby. Here's some more information for you:





http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/T032000...





http://www.aap.org/publiced/BR_Solids.ht...





http://www.llli.org/FAQ/solids.html





http://www.babycenter.com/0_introducing-...



http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/...

Mel - posted on 06/06/2009

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it is. i didnt mean any offense to you in any way. just thought id add this about my little one! tc

Lois - posted on 06/06/2009

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and everyone is entitled to their own opinion and it's up to every mother to make their own decision based on what they think is best for their child.

Mel - posted on 06/06/2009

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with respect Lois it may not have worked with your child but this doesnt mean it wont work with other babies many many mothers say it helps baby to sleep thru the night. alot of doctors actually recommend solids before 6 months. trust me i had a pediatric dietitian, pediatrician and speech pathologist tell me it was fine to give my 3 month old solids as long as i watched out for any kind of reaction x

Lois - posted on 06/06/2009

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No!!! Their little digestive tracks are not ready for solids!! It could totally backfire on you by causing things like painfull gas and constipation. And it doesn't help them sleep longer at night!! I know I've tried with both my kids!! My daughter is almost 8 months and believe me it doesn't help!!! Just wait until 6 months like they recommend, because that recomendaion it for a reason!

Mel - posted on 06/06/2009

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it depends on the baby, some people do it from 2 weeks old but personally i feel you should wait til baby is about 6 weeks before putting rice cereal in the bottle. it does help them to sleep longer yes you may need ot make the teet a little bigger. some doctors will actually tell you to do this. depending on the age of your baby you coud also try spoon feeding before bed after about 8 weeks. good luck x

Bridget - posted on 06/06/2009

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Congrats and please never do this it can cause so may problems best advice is wait the 6 months you will be giving your child a great start to life I ahve been in course after course for nutrition and breast milk and formula are best for 6 months and cereal should never be put in a bottle, could cause choking. I myself would not take the chance I knwo we all as moms think nothing would ever happen to our children but the truth is every child that dies or is hurt the parents didnt get a warning our warnings our the information given to us from doctors and specialist and by not putting cereal in the bottle you just took one risk of harm to your child. Also feeding cereal to young could cause celiacs disease,obesity allergic reactions which could result in death and diabeties. If you are breast feeding it will also lower your milk supply

Breast milk and formula are so important to brain development and so much more cereal is little and empty calories and not really beneficial to your infant.
The digestive system is not ready for cereal yet

Another thing I owuld like to add is they drink alot for growth sputs it will slow down just stick to it strong and you will do great.

Emma - posted on 06/05/2009

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i would say dont do it less than 5months...when my brother in law was little he had to go to hospital cause the baby sitter put it in his milk n it cut up his stomach. if your
BF try a top up or a FF before bed this helps my little one sleep through

Catherine - posted on 06/05/2009

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My pediatrician told us to start introducing solids at around 6 months, and from 6-8 months treat the solids as dessert (i.e. breastfeed until he is done, then see if he wants a little extra).

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