Giving your baby cereal at 7 weeks old?

Jessica - posted on 01/26/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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I know doctors say not to give your baby rice cereal until the age of 4 months, but I just started my 7 week old on it a few days ago and he is lovin it!! He is breastfed and doesnt seem to be content enough with just that! Is anyone else giving their newborn cereal or should I stop until he is older?? And same goes with 1st foods~ is it a bad idea to start him on food within the next 3-4 weeks???

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Dalene - posted on 02/15/2009

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There is nothing wrong with giving your baby cereal earlier.  I started all four of my children on cereal their first week and they all grew up very health children.  Giving them cereal helps get their tummys full, since liquids just go through them.  My daughter Kayla is in this group since she is a first time mommy and I advised her to do the same with my grandson and he is doing great with it.

Jemma - posted on 08/15/2010

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My little boy was on solids at 6 weeks old as I couldn't fill him up! He was on 9oz of milk (hungry baby milk) 10 times a day! He was big born 10 pound 4 ounces and needed the food as he was losing weight and not sleeping. My health visitor was happy and he then started sleeping 7 hours at night! He is now 6 and the perfect weight for his height, every baby is different and mum knows best! After a week on rice I started mashing food up veg and blended meat and he will try anything I offer him and fruit and veg are his fav food still. Good luck

Joanne - posted on 01/30/2009

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A think its ok to carry on with the cereal as long as he is ok with it, a would prob wait a little longer to give him anything else x

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September - posted on 07/16/2009

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Parents often look forward to the day that they can start feeding their baby cereal. That often leads them to start baby cereal a little too early and before the generally accepted guidelines of four to six months. Most of these parents would agree that Seven weeks is too early to start cereal though. Some think it will help their baby sleep through the night. And others likely feel that their babies simply aren't getting satisfied with only drinking breast milk. Don't rush into starting your baby on cereal or other baby foods now though. Young infants aren't developmentally ready for baby food yet, as they can't sit with support and hold their head steady very well. They will also likely just thrust their tongue out if you attempt to put a spoon of baby cereal in their mouth. That leaves parents to put the cereal in a bottle if they want to feed their baby cereal at this age, which is generally discouraged by pediatricians. If your baby is drinking more than about 40 ounces of formula a day, isn't sleeping as well as you think he should, or has another issue that you think would be fixed by starting him on cereal, then talk to your pediatrician first. In addition to not usually being helpful, starting cereal too early may put your baby at risk for food allergies. In my opinion it’s really not worth the risk.

User - posted on 02/15/2009

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yes you should stop.



If your breastfed baby doesn't seem satisfied its because he's likely not and needs to be nursed more. Or you can suuplement with formula but even that isn't the best option. Your baby is likely having a growth spurt and just needs to nurse more frequently.



Ava just finished a growth spurt and for 3 days I was nursing her for what felt like all the time...now things are back to normal because she has increased my milk supply.



If you supplement witg other things like cereal or formula your breast milk will not increase for the demand that your baby needs and then your baby will always seem hungry after a feed.

Kaja - posted on 02/15/2009

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I'm in the same boat...I don't know if I should or not...Liam is just not content...he's 6 weeks. I followed what the docs said with my first, trysten, and he ended up with tons of allergies so I am extremely confused......so i think it's a very good question!

Laura - posted on 02/12/2009

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I have been giving my 9 weeker rice cereal in his night bottle for the past couple of weeks.  He loves it and sleeps through the night now.  He also doesn't seem to spit as much up as when he has just formula.  We got to the ped next week, so we will see what she says, but so far so good!

Anna - posted on 02/12/2009

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Dawn- I have read that rice cereal causes constipation. The recommend using the oatmeal cereal instead if that describes your baby.

Anna - posted on 02/12/2009

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There are only 2 main reasons for avoiding rice cereal before 4-6 months. The first is that theoretically breastmilk is the best nutritionally for your baby and rice cereal is just a filler food. They say that babies are deprived of the more nutritional breastmilk when they fill up on rice cereal instead. The second reason is that some researchers believe early introduction of rice cereal may be linked to food allergies. For my 9 weeker, she has reflux, and the rice cereal really helps her. She has been a much happier baby since I started pump a few bottles a day and adding rice cereal. Basically, with rice cereal, every doctor has a different opinion- just go with what works for your baby and you. As for introducing 1st foods soon, I am going to wait until my baby's tongue reflex has stopped- you know the one where they push things out of their mouth easily (you'll see this if you ever try to give an infant medicine). Until they grow out of that (around 4 months I think), your baby is more at risk of choking on food. Though, I do know that some people put their baby of food earlier. Just do your research and introduce food slowly at first when you decide your little one is ready.

Brandi - posted on 02/12/2009

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I started feeding my 4 week old rice cereal at bed time....he's just very hungry and loves it too ! I  did the same with my first, and he's doing great !

Hollie - posted on 02/11/2009

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Yes it can. Especially if you give it to him on every feeding. Maybe try it just at night or every other feeding. Might work. Good luck.

Dawn - posted on 02/10/2009

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My son just turned 7 weeks. I would love to try cereal but am afraid to. He has issues with constipation so I already put a little bit of apple juice into his formula bottles, but also give him breast milk as well. Would cereal cause further constipation?

Anna - posted on 02/10/2009

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I have a 9 week old who has reflux. She is currently taking Zantac and Reglan to treat it. When we couldn't get her to stop crying 2 nights ago, I pumped 4 oz of breastmilk and added some rice cereal to it. She drank it happily and calmed down almost instantly. I've been trying it every other feeding, and she is noticeably happier and more content. I'm a pediatric RN, and every doctor has a different opinion on this. Just watch your baby closely and do what works for you and your child.

Michelle - posted on 02/08/2009

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I took my 9 week old to his doc Friday and he recommended that I start him on cereal. I breastfeed though, so I am going to try to spoon it to him, I will just make it really soupy.

KAMI - posted on 02/07/2009

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I give my 8 week old son cereal in his bottle at night and I must also say that he LOVES it. I did the same thing with my daughter and she was a great eater until she got the toddler age and now wont eat much of anything but cheese, but she is fine.

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Ok! So last night I gave baby Isabella the bottle with 1 tbs of rice cereal. SHE LOVED IT!
Thank you guys!

Joan - posted on 01/29/2009

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I started my baby on cereal last week(at 6 weeks). I just give it to him before bedtime at night, and he loves it! I do fear that it is a little bit too early though.

Hollie - posted on 01/29/2009

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Thats what I do. They make cereal nipples for bottles or you can just put a little slice into it.

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Hi, I just came back from the pediatrician and he told me to give Isabella rice cereal.
My stupid question to you is, do I add the cereal to the bottle?

Hollie - posted on 01/29/2009

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I think its fine my 7 weeker is taking cereal at night he has reflux so the doc gave him the ok. But I don't think I would do anything else quite yet. I would wait till probably five to six months for anything else.

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I toatally agree with giving your baby rice cereal,I have to put a little in my 8week old daughter's bottle at her bedtime feeding otherwise she overstuffs herself with formula (I can't breastfeed due to a previous surgery) I also did this with my son and had him sleeping through the night bye the time he was 3months so I am hoping for the same with my daughter.

Michelle - posted on 01/27/2009

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Everyone says something different and every baby is different. I say if he is lovin it and isn't suffering any stomach issues.....keep on with it!! As for the food....I might wait a little longer just to ward off any food allergies. Maybe just until the 4 month mark?!?! My doctor says that the rice cereal does not cause any food allergies, so that is a little more safe than the 1st foods. Do what works for you! :O)

Alisha - posted on 01/26/2009

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I wouldnt stress over it. I started my eldest daughter on rice ceral at 5 weeks. She loved it and had no problems at all. I think that is the main reason why she has never been a fussy eater.. she is now 4 and a half and will eat anything I give her!!

Jessica - posted on 01/26/2009

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I am totally against formula for my baby~ I am producing alot so there is no need! He just seems alot happier and more content! I have been giving him both boobs and about 2 ounces of boobymilk (this is what my 3 year old calls it) with a tablespoon of rice cereal at his 7pm feeding!!...

Devon - posted on 01/26/2009

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Personally, I wouldn't start giving rice cereal until 4 months. There are plenty of reasons not to introduce solid foods, but the number one concern is that it could cause health problems later. That's enough for me to leave it alone. That being said, I really don't think that it's a good idea to start on 1st foods either. If your baby doesn't seem satisfied with just breast milk, why not try supplementing with formula? What is the rush with getting your baby on food anyway? He's so young, his system isn't ready for all of that yet. I'm no Doctor, and I believe that you should go with what you feel is right, but if your having doubts, then you should stick with your gut. I do think that it is a bad idea.

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