Feeding.

Bianca - posted on 09/10/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am a first time mother, my daughter just turned seven weeks this past thursday septmber 7th. Since birth she has been feeding extremly well. She is breastfed, and the doctors made me start giveing her a suplement after each feeding because she would not stop eating as though she was getting nothing. For the past week she seems hungrier than ever. She normaly feeds every 2 - 2 1/2 hours but latley shes been haveing a full bottle (7ounces) every hour (Ive gotten no sleep!) im wondering if its safe to start feeding her solids at all ? Im thinking it might make her fuller and more comfortable (And it might get me some sleep). Any sugestions ?

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Celia - posted on 09/20/2011

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It's different if your doctor tells you to go ahead because of a growth problem. For example, failure to thrive that doesn't resolve, but if it's just because they are wanting food more often, it's not a good idea to just do it. Babies aren't supposed to take in solids of any kind at that age unless deemed necessary by a doctor. But if her weight is fine and she's growing, she is most likely just going through a growth spurt. You don't give a baby cereal just because they are going through a growth spurt. No one ever said parenting would be easy! You just have to get through it!

Karen - posted on 09/12/2011

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please do not give her ceral without talking to your doctor first. a baby this young can not digest solides properly and can lead to alot of digestive problems (both now and in the future). it's not going to "fill her up" anymore then just giving her extra milk, but what it will do is keep her from taking in as much milk as she needs, leading to not getting enough nutrition....at this age, all of her nutrition is in her milk, not cereal. http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/5887

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Nicole - posted on 09/22/2011

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I had trouble with breast feeding for the first three weeks as well. My daughter struggled with latching on and since she was having trouble, she was hungry every hour as well. I kept at breast feeding instead of the formula. I kept in contact with the pediatrician to make sure this was okay. Fortunately, she started a 2 hour feeding schedule by the 4th week. Now she is 10 weeks and went back to every 1-2 hours during the day and night. I'm not getting sleep at all. I started to monitor what I eat, take vitamins and drink plenty of water. It could be your diet or a growth spurt. I read that they usually have a growth spurt around the 6/7th week. The pediatrician told me that solids are good after 6 months (6months to a year), but not earlier. If breastfeeding is important to you, then I would suggest sticking to it b/c the frequency at which she is feeding will keep your milk supply up. As for sleep, sleep when she sleeps, though this is very hard to do, at least for me.

Kimberly - posted on 09/20/2011

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my friends kid was the same way and her doctor told her to start her son on cereal but talk to your doctor about it

Celia - posted on 09/13/2011

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I have been told by my son's doctor that cereal is NOT something to be giving a baby that little. It is hard when they go through the growth spurts, but just keep up with it!! It will be the most beneficial thing. If you do want to you, you can ask your baby's pediatrician about cereal, but I'm 98% certain he/she will tell you not to do that.

Ann-Marie - posted on 09/12/2011

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you could try giving her a liitle bit of rice cereal. it is easy on the stomach. just dont give her alot everyday because it could cause her to get constipated. thats what i do with my little girl.

Brittaney - posted on 09/11/2011

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Honestly it sounds like a growth spurt but I've also heard that a dr told my step MOL to give her baby rice cereal this early on because her son just wasn't getting full so ask your dr about it, hope this helps

Karen - posted on 09/10/2011

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no it`s NOT safe for solids at all this young!!! just keep with feeding her when she needs, it won`t last long - around 8 weeks they have a growth spurt so that`s all that`s going on i would say. i know it`s hard (especially if you`re tired) but try to give some feedings to dad or someone else so you can get some rest. once the growth spurt is over she`ll settle back into her regular routine

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