At what age or how many months can you put rice cereal in formula?
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Josie - posted on 08/25/2009
it is recommended to never put it in the bottle, you can add formula to mix it up in a bowl, but never in a bottle, it will possibly rot teeth and the baby will eat too much thinking it is just formula, it would be too much for the baby to consume.
I put cereal in the bottle with both my kids and they had no problems. I just added a teaspoon to a full 8oz bottle and shook it up really well, it just makes it a little thicker and with a cross cut nipple it was fine. Just make sure that you wait until the baby is 4 months old as their kidneys cannot handle any cereal. If in doubt ask your doctor.
Marjorie - posted on 08/25/2009
I would say that at about 6 months is the recommended time to begin weaning your child (based on NHS recommendations, the World Health Organisation says that at six months you can begin feeding them complimentary foods to the bottle - they recommend breastmilk until around the two year mark - so a bottle is still an important part of diet until at least 12 months). Although part of the process of weaning is getting the baby used to the action of eating as much as anything else. The action of taking a spoon is different to how they use their tongue to feed and at first it will seem that they are trying to push the food out with their tongue - but this is simply because of how they latch on to the bottle or breast and use the tongue to get the milk off of the nipple of either. Over time they get used to not using that action exclusively and are able to eat some quantities of food without most of it going out of their mouths. This guide is pretty good: http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/grou...
Marjorie - posted on 08/26/2009
My daughter was breastfeeding at about the same rate and I just always thought - thems the breaks...frequency has more to do with the size of their stomachs rather than their hunger. Their stomachs are small so need to eat more frequently.
You would add a tsp. of cereal to a full bottle to make it thicker thus keeping baby's tummy fuller for a bit longer, and like I said wait until the baby is 4 months old because that is when their kidneys are developed enough to handle it. It is not odd, my doctor said it was ok to do, especially when my daughter was eating 16 oz every 3 hours. Sometimes it is necessary.
Marjorie - posted on 08/26/2009
Why do you need to put it in in the first place. If you are giving formula that should be enough in terms of liquid and nutrients. Wouldn't it be better to not confuse matters and begin to wean when it is appropriate. If they are not meeting target weights then that is another issue that you should discuss with your doctor of health visitor - but adding things to milk willy-nilly seems a bit odd - and also dangerous where a childs underdeveloped kidneys, and digestive system are concerned. Additionally, if this is not on the recommendation of a health care professional isn't it a precedent of over-feeding that you would want to avoid?
Chelsea - posted on 08/25/2009
Talk to your Dr. but mine said at 4 weeks, I know everyone is saying 4months but our pediatritian said 4 weeks and we have been doing it for the last 2, putting a half scoop in his 5oz of formula, my sister also started on all of her children around the same age, But ask your Dr. My baby was too small and we needed to beef him up so we asked his r and she told us this
Sara - posted on 08/25/2009
It's a choking hazard and the AAP recommends against it. There are formulas that are pre-made with "rice starch" that you can buy that are probably safer. If you want to feed rice cereal it's much safer to do it with a spoon. You can start that at 4-6 months with a formula fed infant.
Jaimie - posted on 08/25/2009
I had to put ceral in my sons bottle at 4 weeks recomended by the doc he told us only a teaspoon for every 2 oz. but my son wasn't holding anyhting down either and after he had his surgery to correct his tummy problem we tried not to put the rice ceral in his bottle and he would'nt drink his bottle without it. so really i would say it's up to you what you think is best, or ask your doc if your still not sure
Nicki - posted on 08/25/2009
I wouldn't put anything in the baby's bottle!
My son was totally ready for food at 4 mos.. so i started him on rice cereal only (real solids didn't happen until 6 mos) and only if they are ready (ie: watching you eat like a hawk!) and only if they are ready to be fed from a spoon!
Melissa - posted on 08/25/2009
I would always recommend talking to you doctor before adding things into your child's diet. I say this because your pediatrician would know what your childs needs are based on growth patterns. With my children I started adding rice cereal to their diet at different ages. My 1st child I never added it to a bottle. I started feeding her rice cereal at 4 months old. My second child I would mix it with breast milk and fed it to him at about 2 1/2 months old, but, only at night. My third child did not get it until he was 3 1/2 months old at which time he was spoon fed. So, like I said each child is different in what they need. My second one was just a little more eager to get started on something with substance I guess..LOL!! So I would always suggest checking with you pediatrician before adding it to your child's diet. Better safe then sorry. They make feeder cups that assist with children that are having issue with spoon feedings. I would also bring that up to your pediatrician. But always remember that you have to do what works for you and your child. After all that is one of the best parts about mothering. Developing your own skills that are only right for you and your baby.
Michelle - posted on 08/25/2009
Wait until at least three months. My daughter was 4 months before we gave her any. Don't put it in the bottle. If he/she can't take it from a spoon they're not ready for it. When in doubt ask your doctor, mine is the one who told me when my daughter was ready.
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