My child is three months and already eating 6 ounces every three hours, should I start him on cereal

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Denise - posted on 01/13/2010

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When my daughter turned 6 weeks old it was like she couldnt eat enough! i was breast feeding her every hour and a half day and night! 2 nights of that and enough was enough! I started putting rice cereal in a bottle after her bath right before bed and it only took about a week before she started sleeping through the night. she is 14 weeks and is taking a 6 oz bottle with cereal every night and she sleeps from 9pm-7am.

Peita - posted on 01/11/2010

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Quoting Alison:

My son was doing this and I took him to the doctor and they said this was WAY too much for him to be eating. That thought had never cross my mind but PLEASE take your baby to see their doctor and see what they think before doing anything.

My son's doctor said we have to limit his feedings. Babies do not know when they are full...



The Formula tins in Australia have guidelines on the back as to how much an infant should drink.  My daughter is on Heinze formula and babies over 2 months, but under 4 months should be on at least 5  7oz (200mls) bottles per day!! 



I was also told by my doctor and midwives not to worry if my child takes more than the tin says, because a baby will only eat what they need!  Limitting how much a baby can eat would, I imagine, make for a very cranky baby!!



 

Alison - posted on 01/11/2010

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My son was doing this and I took him to the doctor and they said this was WAY too much for him to be eating. That thought had never cross my mind but PLEASE take your baby to see their doctor and see what they think before doing anything.

My son's doctor said we have to limit his feedings. Babies do not know when they are full...

Chrystal - posted on 01/10/2010

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I know that my baby's doctor would kill me, but i started my daughter on cereal at a week old...she was a fierce little piggy, and i was brestfeeding....it was literally killing me....i was loosing weight like a cancer patient! She is now very content at two months, but she is not a fat baby....she is a healthy 13lbs. She drinks 5-6 oz overy 21/2 to 3 hrs. When i started her, i would just sprinkle a little in each bottle and i gradually increaced it...she now gets about 1 1/2 to 2 oz in each bottle. Checked out at the doc just fine...never had a cold or anything, thank GOD. Personally i am not worried about obesity or allergies because every baby is going to loose wieght once they start crawling and walking, and as far as allergies are concerned, if it is meant to be, it will happen if i like it or not. But one tip....PAY ATTENTION TO UR CHILD!.....in most cases, the mother knows their child more than anyone..do what ur intuition tells u...if u do, start out on strickly rice until 6mths, and if u notice that they are not having at least one bowel movement a day, the trick to it is a dose of mylecon drops and a strictly milk bottle. Within the next three hours, they will poop like a bear!

Chrissy - posted on 01/09/2010

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I personally wouldn't. I was told by my pediatrician not to start with solids until the baby can sit up supported and is able to push food back with her tongue. I think around 4-6 months.



I know alot of people that put rice/cereal in the bottle, which is fine ,it's their choice. My sister was doing that with her daughter but all it did was clog the nipple and make it harder for the baby to eat. Which also gave her awful tummy trouble. But you as a parent , have to do what you feel is right for your child.



I'd say if your baby isn't satisfied with the 6 ounces then it's time to give him or her a little more formula per feeding, because they get allof tthe nutrients that they need from the formula and or breast milk. When they get a little older, then they will need something more than just that alone.

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Atrelle - posted on 11/13/2013

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My son is 2 months old and when I feed him 5 ounces of formula he is not satisfied on it how many ounces should I feed him?

Amanda - posted on 10/24/2012

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I started my son on cereal at 4months. I give him a teaspoon in the morning go he gets use to swallowing he's food. I put cereal at night with his bottle too i find he is full and sleeps really good.

He drinks 7 ounces every 3 hours. Next month i will start with a veg in the afternoon. If your son or daughter will take the food then give a little at a time.

Lindsay - posted on 02/03/2010

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It's really your own choice! My oldest was about a month and a hallf/2 months old and he was eating 6ozs every 2 hours and he would suck down his bottles so that was when we started him on cereal off the spoon and it worked awesome. I never have put cereal in my kids bottles. Every mother/child is different. If you think he/she is ready then you should do what you think is right.

Bethany - posted on 01/30/2010

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Heres the thing tho, babies are very very good at making you "think" they are still hungry after that first bottle of 4-5 ounces. I think that 7oz every three hours is a bit much. in reguards to how much is enough.. Babies at this age are supposed tohave 2 1/2 oz per pound of body weight a day. so if you child weighs 12lb then they should be getting about 33ounces a day!

Samantha - posted on 01/29/2010

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i breastfed for the 1st 6 weeks then the 1st day i switched she slept the whole night and has been sleeping since usually 10 - 11 to 7 30 - 830... we dont really give her cereal she doesnt need it all the time yet... before i stopped breastfeeding she ate all the time.. so i decided to start giving her formula ... eats usually every 4 hours and at night its about 8 hours... formula is way better because i dont fall asleep with the baby in the bed... she falls asleep in our arms then we put her in the crib and she sleeps until usually 8 30 she's 14 weeks

Casey - posted on 01/12/2010

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My little girl is 3 months and 1 week old. i give her 5 oz of formula every 2-3 hours. Before nap time and bed time she gets cereal in her 5oz of formula. She takes two 3 hour naps a day and she sleep 9-10 hours at night!

Martine - posted on 01/12/2010

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have u tried heavier food or up his ounces 2 7 or 8??? my son is 2 and a half months old and taking 6 ounces every 4 hours though i have started spoon feeding him then he will take a bottle at nights and he is sleeping through the night :) at least 7 hrs!!!

Leeann - posted on 01/12/2010

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Cereal is actually appropriate if a baby can sit up assisted. Age is not the milestone nor volume intaken. My son is also 3 months and has been sitting almost unassisted for a bit now. I just started slowly introducing it into his bottles. His volume intake has not changed, 5 oz/feeding.

Kyla - posted on 01/12/2010

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My baby is 3 months and the doctor told me to start him pn rice cereal. she said everybaby is different and she started her first kid on it at 2 and a half months she also told me to just give him a lil in the afternoon and go from there. also she said to have a bottle ready incase he doens't want it.and make it really watery my baby is 3 months and hes eating 6 ounces and hungry an hour later! .. but yes u should if u think hes ready for it:)

Pauline - posted on 01/11/2010

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every parent has different views, as well as doctors: you just have to follow your own instincts. 4 months is the general rule, but that's not to say that earlier, or even later won't work for your baby.
I started putting cereal in my oldest childs' bottle when he was 3 months and he was fine, but it does not seem to be sitting so well with our youngest who is 3 months so we stopped, and will try again in a couple of weeks.
I would suggest starting off slowly (we started with just 1/8 of a teaspoon in the bottle), and see what works for both you and your little one

Anne - posted on 01/11/2010

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I was told by my doctor that my son should start eating cereal when he was 2 1/2 months. I do not know how much my son takes at a feeding because he is breastfed, but he loves to eat. The child just needs to be able to spit out the cereal or turn his/her head away when they are full. You just need to make it really soupy. As s/he gets used to eating it you can begin to make it thicker. Do not put the cereal in the bottle tho. Infants have a natural sucking reflex and will drink the cereal mixture even if they are not hungry. I hope this helps and good luck.

Emily - posted on 01/11/2010

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My son is 3months old and is taking a 6 oz. bottle about every 4 hours. I do however put rice cereal in his bottle before bed time (about 3tbls) I just started it, my pediatrician didn't seem to mind when I told her, she said just put it in the bottle for now and at his 4 month appt. We would talk about being spoon fed! Every baby is different and needs different things, you know if your baby can handle the cereal or not. I think you should at least try it and see if it works for your baby!

Jennie - posted on 01/11/2010

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my son is 10 weeks old. I was breast feeding him that wasn't enough at 7 weeks i began supplementing with formula every other feeding. Now he is up to 4 to 6 bottles (6 ounces) breast 2 to 3 times a day and I have introduced cereal cause he is just hungry. I make one tablespoon of cereal mixed with formula (really runny no lumps) and he eats it before bed and it has made a world of difference. Plus he is also sleeping 6 hours at night now. Remember you are the mom and it is your choice. If your baby is hungry then you make that call.

Brie - posted on 01/11/2010

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my daughter is 4 days from being 3 months and drinks 7-8 ozs every 3 hours i give her cereal 1 in the morning and 1 before bed so she sleeps threw the night it works wonders and she has been on it since 1 month cuz her grandma (mother in law) started it lol but rice and mixed dont work for her so we give her bananas and oatmeal she loves the taste and doesnt cry as much anymore at night cuz it fills her up but formula alone just wasnt cutting she always wanted more after each 7 ozs now with cereal she is full when shes done eating And i mix it with 3 scoops of enfamil premium lipil in a bottle she loves it

Kate - posted on 01/10/2010

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Cereal should not be started til at least four months. If given earlier it can cause food allergies. My son is three months and taking anywhere from six to eight
ounces every three to four hours and my ped said that was perfectly normal.

Kristy - posted on 01/10/2010

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yeah eating every three hours is normal.. its actually really good. my bub is 3 months also and he eats 6 oz at a time too! my doc said when your baby gets to about 4 to 6 months you can start him on cereal if they are eating a lot of formula at a time. it would be more satifying. i would ask your doctor first to make sure your baby's belly and bowels are ready for the change but other than that im planning on starting my bub on cereal as soon as he hits 4 months! hope this helps.

Meygan - posted on 01/10/2010

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Eating every three hours is normal... Is he sleeping though the night? My baby is almost 4 months and he drinks 2 ounces of breastmilk and 2 ounces of formula evey 2 hours... we havent started cereal yet because that satifies him! They also say that they need to be a 'good' supported sitter and to have lost the reflex that thrusts food back out!!??

Tiffiany - posted on 01/09/2010

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my son was born Oct.30 an was takin already taken 2oz at birth....so by the tyme he was a month i was giving him to 4 oz bottles every two hours so i started him on cereal an 8oz an he takes dem like a champ...an he also sleep better an longer....

Jessica - posted on 01/09/2010

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mee too! my sone is 10 weels and is eating 6 oz every 2-3 hours but sleeps his nights. I tried giving hhim oat cereal for about a week, made a small difference but took forever to feed him so i stopped and will try again in a week or 2. he sleeps his nights 10-7 for about 3-4 weeks already so im not too concerend about how much formula he eats as long as i dont have to wake up ;)

Nicole - posted on 01/08/2010

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you could try putting rice into his formala. ive done that with my daughter b/c she was always hungry. put 1/2 tbs of rice . see if that helps

Louise - posted on 01/08/2010

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i think you should do as you feel is right for your baby my daughter is 3 month and she is on 8 ounces 4 times a day with baby rice in the morning its not what is recommended but its what she is happy with not every baby is the same some need more some need less.

Pamela - posted on 01/08/2010

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my son is a little over three months and I have been giving him cereal for the last few days during the day and then i give him a 5 oz bottle at 9 he sleeps till 12 or 1 and i feed him another 5 oz bottle he sometimes gets up after three hours or sometimes he sleeps longer it all depends on how much he sleeps during the day!

Faith - posted on 01/07/2010

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ive been putting cereal in Adam's bottle since he was 6 weeks because he was going thru six or seven bottles that had six or seven ounces in them. the cereal works! and try feedin him cereal on the spoon too

Ashley Ward - posted on 01/07/2010

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my son is 3 months old and he is my 3rd i fed my other 2 pablum or plain cereal at 2 months, just a few bites befor bed and he has sleps 6 hrs a night in a row for a month now and woke up after for a bottle. now he is 3 months and eating baby cereal befor each bottle, mind you just 4 or 5 bites.

good luck

Sheila - posted on 01/07/2010

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That is appropriate. My son eats the same and he is the same age. I won't start him on cereal until 4months at least. My ped said not to feed him solids until he was 4 months no matter how hungry he gets. This is my 4th and feeding every 3 hours is right on target. If you want him to sleep longer at night try feeding him more than six closer to bedtime or feed him again right before you go to sleep, even if he sleeping to extend the time he is sleeping. That is what I am doing. Good luck.

Cady - posted on 01/07/2010

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i started my son on cereal at 2 months he just wasnt gettin satisfied!! it helped alot

Sara - posted on 01/06/2010

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ive put it in a bottle already, i did it with my oldest too, but i quit doing it when i switched her to formula, i was thinking the same thing, my mom and grandma did it, not saying you should or i should but i'm pretty healthy lol. im thinking of giving it to emma around dinner time and see if it helps her sleep better, who knows try and see what happens.

Peita - posted on 01/06/2010

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My little girl is 10 weeks old and has 6oz every 3 hours also! I don't think there is anything wrong with that, it's about what they are supposed to have and I don't plan on giving her cereal until she is at least 4 or 5 months old, I eat more than every 3 hours most days!!! My son was 6 weeks old and having 7oz every 2 hours and I satarted him on cereal at 4 months! Milk is all they need at this age, giving solids too early can cause allergies, gastric problems ( most tummies aren't ready yet) and can cause uneccesary weight gain, then again each child is different and your boy may well cope! Maybe try bumping his bottle up again and see if that helps! Whatever you do, it's not a good idea to put cereal in the bottle! Good luck with ot all!

Devon - posted on 01/05/2010

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my son is a week shy of three months and we had to, it just wasn't enough. i know they say that it promotes obeseity and that you shouldn't, but my mom and my gma have been feeding babies rice cereal this young for every one in my family, and only two are overweight. outta like 20. lol, so i would say yes, either way, your his mom and you gotta do what you feel is right. start out once a day and only a lil bit. and do it around dinner time. it also helps with sleeping. =] and give him drinks of milk with it, every fourth bite or so, be patient, make sure you get it far enough on his tongue, and mix a lil juice in with it to help with digestion. don't put in a bottle though.

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