i have a 3 month old duaghter that is eating 8 oz every day is that ok ?
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~â¥Little Miss - posted on 08/01/2012
It is not recommended to add cereal to bottles. Infact, there are better foods in general to start them out on. Usually you do not start solids (and yes that is a solid) between 4-6 months. They should be able to sit up and support themselves, tongue thrust and have good head control. 6 months is the better target age.
Jill - posted on 08/01/2012
Four 8 oz bottles = 32 oz
At 3 months old both of my kids were 17 lbs, give or take a couple ounces. A normal formula amount for that age/size is 34 to 42 oz per day. You can find your daughter's appropriate range by taking her weight x 2 = low end & weight x 2.5 = high end.
Is she throwing up (not just spitting up) after a feeding? If not, then she can handle the bottle size. 8 oz at once is a little higher than typical at 3 months, but not crazy-abnormal.
Babies this age usually eat more often than 4 times a day. Is there an outside influence that makes it difficult to feed her more often? If she's really hungry between feedings, she will naturally try to eat as much as possible to hold her over until the next time.
If she is overeating and throwing up, then you can try to reduce the bottle size to 6 oz, and feed her 5-6 times a day, or 5 oz with 6-7 feedings, etc.
Natasha - posted on 08/01/2012
Many people tend to have their own advice on when and what to feed your baby, but I know when I had my son I stuck to the schedule the doctor's game when I came home and it worked just fine. I gave him formula until he was 1, and he drank every four hours. I waited until he was six months to start cereal and other soft foods. Here is something I found that resembled the schedule my doctor gave me.
She can sit up (with support) and can hold her head and neck up well.
Her birth weight has doubled.
She’s interested in what you’re eating and may even try to grab food from your plate.
She can keep food in her mouth rather than letting it dribble out.
She shows signs of being hungry for more than she’s getting by clamoring for more when her bottle is empty or wanting to nurse more often.
But the doctor's give us these rules to help protect our babies from things they have seen happen in the past. If you still aren't sure just ask your pediatrician for the best advice.
Wanda - posted on 08/01/2012
when my youngest daughter was born she was breast feeding every 2 hours and I couldn't keep up.. my pediatrician told me to supplement with formula and a 4oz bottle didn't even last her and hour so she was eating 8 ozs every 3-4 hours.. the doc told me that it was just fine as she was also at the 98 percentile of the growth chart for kids her age.. she finally dropped down when she started crawling and getting around on her own.. I should mention that at birth she was 9lbs 11oz and 21in long.. now at the age of 20 years old she is a whole 4'10 and weighs about 90 lbs soaking wet.. lol...
please feed your baby when she is hungry and don't worry about how big she is for now.. as long as your pediatrician is happy with her health and growth there is nothing to worry about while she is this little..
Ariel - posted on 11/01/2012
I always say that baby's know when they are hungry. So to me if she is eating the full 8 oz and is completely content after then she will be just fine. My daughter is also 3 months old she just ate her first 8oz bottle and she is soooo happy. When my son who is 3 1/2 yrs old I gave him cereal in his bottle at 3 mo old it was not all the time. But he is completely healthy and is not over weight at all. But some children are different. But I don't think you should try and slow her down. She's a growing baby:) she just loves to eat(:
Carol - posted on 08/28/2012
My son was breast fed but would have carried on all day long, the nurse at the hospital told me he was just comfort sucking and to give him a dummy/pacifier which after his feed he was very content with he was over 9lb at birth and 2 weeks late arriving. Has since been such a fussy eater that still struggles to enjoy 'proper' food, loves junk food.
On a bad not though, a friend had a baby and told us she would take a 12oz bottle soon after birth then sleep for ages, she was very made up with her until people told her that was not right so ended up having investigations and discovered that she had a hole in her heart and needed an operation to close it. She is now doing extremely well and progressing and grown into a lovely girl too. Hopefully this is not your child's case.
Also babies are not ready to have solids introduced, until at the very earliest 4 months and never in a bottle.
Sherry - posted on 08/17/2012
Why do you want to slow her down ? If yes still give her pablum in thw morning ....pablum at night before bottles ...but tgere is nothing wrong with it....or else change formula...some fill thwm up more than others check ingredients
Joy - posted on 08/15/2012
if you start on solids before 6 months you are creating problems for her later on in life with obesity (there is a proven link) I would look at the formula nd try different ones until you find one that is satisfying her. My son was the same and eating 8oz from about 6-7 weeks and it took a couple of formula changes to find the one that worked for him.
Lynn - posted on 08/15/2012
At 3 mos. I would not cut her down on her bottle. They need energy to grow, and I believe it's better for a young baby to get all they need. Now if she is still eating too much when she is a toddler then you should stick to low fat and low sugar foods so that she won't become over weight.
Pamela - posted on 08/14/2012
Does she breast feed? 8 oz. of milk in one day is nothing. Hopefully it is soy milk and not cow's milk which leaves residue in the digestive tract that attracts, and is a breeding ground for, bacteria.
Does she get water everyday as well? What about other food, which is generally started at 2-3 months of age?
There really isn't enough information here to give a proper response. Share with us what ALL she eats!
Tracey - posted on 08/14/2012
Yes, it's true, sometimes it takes years--decades, even, for the damage done by introducing cereals before 12-24 months to come to light. Why? Because the baby's system is still developing, and changing rapidly. The systems damaged might not show that damage for many years, when the person begins to age, and then boom: allergies they never had before, or problems with things like colitis, or gluten intolerance (which can show up as all kinds of symptoms before it's diagnosed). For some very sensitive babies, it might show up much earlier.
But if you look at the statistics for 100 years ago or earlier, most people didn't know anyone with allergies, or asthma, or diabetes (then called "sugar diabetes"), or heart disease or cancer or Crohns or autism. Why? Because hardly anyone had these diseases. These are all *modern* diseases. The modern diet is largely responsible. If you look at what babies were given as first foods before the advent of the Kellogg and Post Cereal companies, you'd see what was recommended back then is exactly what I said in my first post: grated cooked liver and mashed egg yolks, not cereals!
Just like a weakened belt in a car can take a very long time to break and seem to be fine otherwise, it's the same way with systems weakened in babies and children. Your child might seem to be fine now, or at 5, or at 18. But if they develop a middle-aged disease at 28, what then? Current research is supporting not giving babies cereals or anything made of grain until 12-24 months, because they don't have the right enzymes to completely digest it, so the undigested parts damage their soft digestive tracts. Starting them on liver, egg yolks, and dark green veggies gives them the taste for healthy things. Starting them on the bland and sweet gives them the taste for the unhealthy things.
Brittany - posted on 08/14/2012
it is ok
my baby girls do it to
what i do is give her 6 oz and then 5 m.. then i give her more
why a baby will all ways tack ....
they cant real..y till that they do not want more all at one time
but i am here if you have a ? i am on my 3 baby girl
my 1st is 18 m..s
and my 2st is 9 ,ms
and i am pg know
i am 6 m.s whit my 3 baby girl
i know a lot lol
Donna - posted on 08/14/2012
My now 17 1/2yr old son (also my first child) started eating cereal, with a baby spoon when he was 7wks old! He also started sleeping all night then. He was eating 64oz. of formula/day with the cereal. He also started eating fruits and vegetables at 2mo. I never had any problems with him, he just always ate a lot and was never overweight. He still eats a lot! Now, my daughter (who is now 10) on the other hand, ate only 3oz. of formula at a time for a long time and couldn't event eat cereal until she was about 6mo. old. Just follow your babies cues. They know what they want and have a way of letting us know what they want/need. Just remember that each child is different so each one has to be worked with differently. Most of all love them.
User - posted on 08/14/2012
After reading what other people have added, I would first like to say that medical advise goes against babies being fed solids until they are about 6 months old due to the immaturity of their stomach, and your baby is fine having 8 oz in any feed. They only take what they need and don't over feed. Adding cereal to the milk can lead to other complications with their stomach as their stomach needs to be slowly introduced to foods, starting with baby rice.
I hope this helps you.
Imbeautifuldawn - posted on 08/14/2012
Be very careful about adding cereal to your baby's bottle at three months. Giving babies solids before 6-8 months has been linked to allergies and gluten intolerance.
You don't want to make eating difficult for his whole life. It is better to wait. When someone says "Well I did it and my kids are fine" that just means their kids didn't end up allergic. That doesn't mean everything will work out right with your son! Use caution!
That being said, 8oz is just fine. Studies show that it is virtually impossible for small infants to overeat. They don't eat more because it tastes good like we do. If he eats more than he should he will spit up a little. Feed him until he isn't hungry. At this age they are growing in drastically quick rates! His body needs fuel to develope his body and brain.
You are doing great! Hang in there!
Linda - posted on 08/14/2012
I have a 3 1/2 month old and he eats cereal, so the baby being too young is not true. He also eats veggies and fruits. The doctor told me it was ok for him to eat these things because he too was eating like a horse. :) No worries about the baby eating like that as long as he/she wants to eat and your not forcing it, it's ok. My son came home from the hospital eating 5 oz. But if you want reassurance then ask your doctor. Hope that helps!
Laura - posted on 08/14/2012
not everyone will disagree about the cereal, i also had to add a little cereal to both my kids' bottles around 3 mo ....and they are both healthy. for my youngest, about a week and a half after i started adding the oatmeal to his bottles, i started making it in a bowl to feed him with a spoon, just made it very liquidy so he more or less drank it from the spoon, and then i'd feed him a bottle to top him off... he did great with that and every week i'd make it just a little bit thicker for him, it eased him into eating solids perfectly, and he no longer acted like he was starving at each feeding once i introduced the cereal.
Stephanie - posted on 08/14/2012
Hi Kyleigh! Congrats on your new baby and adventures in motherhood. Although I think it is great that you came here, it is best to discuss this with your baby's doctor. They would be able to tell you if she is overweight. At that age, my kids were taking in about 4 Ounces of formula every 2-3 hours. As far as solids, she may be ready at 4 or 5 months old if the formula does nor seem yo sustain her. But, again these are all issues to discuss with your Dr.
Kameika - posted on 08/14/2012
My son was the same way and I gave it to him. He was hungry. I stated giving him a serving of cereal mixed with fruit in the morning and night making it lukewarm. The doctors may say it's too soon but she will be okay. And if your baby is handling 8 ounce bottles then she can handle cereal from a little spoon. She just needs a small portion and mix a Gerber jar of fruit with it. The smallest jar and she should stay full longer and won't drink much formula.
Sarah - posted on 08/13/2012
Are you breast feeding? If you are than kudos and no worries
Babies eat more than you may think. Of you are supplementing then keep as your Dr tells you to and watch out for solids. Babies are too often fed solids before they should and it causes all sorts of digestive issues.
Cassie - posted on 08/12/2012
as long as she does not go over32 oz day she is fine. they had ne start baby food with mine at 4 months because she was abd had teeth. shehould be having more than 4 oz if she is not eating at night too...they need between 26 and 32 oz a day. She knows if she is hungry and every baby is different than the next. I have 4 kids and they have all done things a little different. One had to eat 32 oz one only did 26oz. Dont worry about it too much only if she was not eating.
Gail - posted on 08/12/2012
babies have a growth spurt every couple of months so they will naturally want more milk which is quite alright but don't fall into the habit of thinking that bub needs solids earlier which they don't need. As long as she is not losing weight or gaining weight i wouldn't worry to much at this stage
Tanya - posted on 08/12/2012
If your baby is hungry then feed her, it's that simple. If she cries for more it's because she is still hungry, a baby will not over eat, they stop when their tummies are full. If she is putting on the regular amount of weight and not throwing up the milk, I wouldn't change anything. As for not introducing solids before 6 months - I was told to watch my baby, if they grab at food you are eating or within reaching distance and put it in their mouths they are READY for solids. My son grabbed a pizza base out of my Mother's hand at 3 months of age and basically gnawed and slobbered it to death, then proceeded to eat 2 small bowls of baby cereal I made him. It turned out my son was just a really hungry baby, he would scream once his bottle was empty so I was always topping it up for him. Go by your baby's signs and your gut feeling and you'll be fine =)
Tracey - posted on 08/12/2012
It amazes me sometimes that the science that is now 20 years old has not reached down so that most people know it.
The advice is now to avoid introducing grains (and cereals are made from various grains--grains are wheat, oats, corn, rye, barley--just a few) until AT LEAST AGE THE AGE OF 12 MONTHS and preferably until 24 months. No-longer new research has shown that babies do not develop enough of the enzymes to completely digest grains until sometime between 12 and 24 months. Sure, grains are easy to digest--for adults, which were what all previous studies were done on! The current thinking is that grains that are only partially-digested may be responsible for the increase in diseases like allergies, Crohn's, and other things that have so many people needing to eat gluten-free. Partially-digested grains damage babies' immature digestive tracts, the thinking goes, and can cause many different problems as a result.
So what are you supposed to feed your baby?
Babies are born with the enzymes to digest the proteins and fats in milk. Breastmilk is a complete food for babies until at least the age of 12 months. My own two girls weren't interested in solids until around that age, although my son wanted solids at around 9 months.
Babies are born with a store of iron in their livers, and by around 6-9 months, it's gone. So one of the best first solids is liver, grated so that it's a fine mash. Having never tasted anything but your milk (or artificial baby milk), they don't know they're not supposed to like it, and they'll eat it. And they need it. The form of iron in liver is something they won't overdose on, unlike the form put in artificial milk.
Another good first food is mashed egg yolk. Hardboil eggs, and remove the yolk. The part of the egg that some babies might be allergic to is the white, not the yolk (which is mostly fat and vitamins, both of which babies need, especially to develop their brains).
Many children are picky because it was assumed by their parents that "kid food" is what kids will eat: chicken nuggets, puddings, hot dogs, bland, bland, sweet, sweet. What do kids do in Indonesia? They eat the pineapple their parents are dipping in hot peppers and salt, that's what. They don't starve while they hold out for French Fries!
So after liver and egg yolks, start your baby on dark green vegetables. After a diet of nothing but milk, it will be interesting as well as healthy. Try things like kale, broccoli, spinach. Just steam them and use a blender or baby food grinder (hand-held and cheap, like maybe $5?) to mash them up.
Move from dark green to green (green beans, peas) to yellows to oranges to red--they get sweeter the redder they are, typically.
Once your baby is eating red vegetables, like tomatoes then move to fruits. Again, go from less-sweet to sweeter--except for citrus and berries.
A baby who is introduced to a wide variety of tastes before he tastes the sweet and bland will likely be a much less-picky child than one for whom it is chosen for him that he can only have the sweet and bland. I have 3 kids, and I did this with all of them. None of them have been picky eaters, and in fact they feel sorry for kids who are (and some of their best friends are). They also tend to get sick far less often than other kids we know, I think because they've gotten a wider range of nutrients in their natural forms.
Deanna - posted on 08/12/2012
32 oz a day. That is a good amount, a bit on the small side but a good amount. Babies need to eat. If she will eat it without throwing it up, she is good. You want her to eat!! Don't try to slow her down!! She needs to gain the weight to grow.
Lisa - posted on 08/04/2012
My oldest son was eating cereal @ 4 weeks old. The Dr recommend it cause he was 10 lbs @ 2 weeks old. We put the cereal in his bottle & just bought nipples that wld allow the cereal to go through. We sometimes wld add stage 1 jar foods (fruits) to add more flavor & he loved it. He started eating jar foods by spoon @ 3.5 months & then we wld only give him formula in the bottle. Everything else was either fed to him by spoon or if it was water or baby juice he wld drink it out of a sippy cup. Yes he was drinking out of a sippy cup @ 3.5 months. This made it easier to wean him from the bottle as well since he was only getting formula in the bottle. He was off the bottle by 10 months old.
My youngest son was a lot different. He wasn't as big as his brother & I was able to breastfeed him until he was 7 months old. I don't think he ever really had a bottle. He was allergic to formula so when he was done breastfeeding he went to rice milk which he drank out of a sippy. He didn't eat jar foods until 6 months old & didn't eat cereal until he was about 3-4 months old. But he ate it with a spoon not the bottle.
Each child is different & you have to do what u think is right for your child. The rule for cereal is usually 3 months or 10 lbs. My son was 9 lbs 10oz when he was born. (My husband & I joke that we didn't have a baby we had a 3 month old. lol!). My son cld also hold his head up as well by 2 weeks old. The reason they advise you not to put cereal in the bottle cause a lot of people cut the nipples too big & the child cld chock on it. That's why we always bought bigger nipples but only used them with the cereal. Talk with your Dr & listen to your motherly instincts. Ur instincts are usually right. Good luck! :)
Tina - posted on 08/04/2012
sorry when i first commented I miss read though it said bubs was 8 months sorry. That's why I suggested solids. That parts still completely up to you and bubs. But yeah maybe try just giving her half of the bottle burping her. See how she goes. Then after a couple of minutes if she's fussing give her some more if she wants it. Babies can be little piggy's sometimes. I know my 2 didn't like to be burped they'd rather gulp the whole thing down if they had their way. But sometimes it's best to do it anyway give them a chance to feel full. Just like when you're really hungry and you feel like you can eat a horse. Then you have a huge meal and regret it is one way of explaining it. My kids are one and 2 and I'm still learning things. Just when you think you've got things figured out they change and they do things different. One day they like eating something the next they don't. Don't feel too bad if you make some mistakes every mum does. :)
Andrea - posted on 08/04/2012
I think the best overall advice being given here is.....talk to your doctor. We, as mothers, can only tell you what worked for us. However, sometimes dr. give advice that isn't needed or correct. My dr. told me to feed my baby every 3-4hrs. But my babies (all 3 of them) didn't need to be fed that much.
Keep in mind that a baby doesn't just cry because they are hungry! Feeding your baby every time s/he cries could be masking other issues. The dr. can help your rule out anything that may be wrong. Try soothing the baby first, playing with, giving attention, burping, etc.... It takes some time to learn how to listen to your baby and find out what they really need. Which may not always be food.
Having kids means we learn something new everyday. Best of luck with your first. You'll figure out what works best.
Tina - posted on 08/04/2012
ah yes they can. I know someone who breast fed their baby fed it every time it cried ended up in hospital because she was puking a lot. If your baby is happy no problems wees and poos and not puking I wouldn't worry too much both of my two were different in their feeding habits both healthy. But if you are concerned talk to your doctor for sure.
Tina - posted on 08/04/2012
It's fine. If that's what your baby is happy with and no stomach aches or puking. Maybe try her on small amounts of solids. pureed veggies like pumpkin and sweet potato. Only like a teaspoon amount no more see how she goes. It's up to you and what you're both ready to do. Good luck :)
Amy - posted on 08/04/2012
A simple response, but it is ok as long as your baby is tolerating it. If your baby is acting like he/she is hungry between 8 oz bottles, or throwing up after eating that much, then I would follow the advice of more frequent feedings of 6 oz. Follow your baby's behavior and responses to feedings and you will have your answer. I have raised 4 boys, all different in how they ate as babies. I just adjusted to keep them content and growing well.
Diane - posted on 08/03/2012
There are a lot of questions that need to be answered before your question can be.
How many bottles is she drinking a day?
Does she sleep through the night?
Is she satisfied after her feeding or does she still act hungry or does she act over full?
At 3 months of age 32oz is good. When a baby begins to drink upwards of 40oz a day it is time to introduce solids. NEVER put cereal in the bottle. You do not have to start cereal as the first solid, you can use any fruit or vegetable excluding (strawberries, carrots, spinach or any high allergy food item.) Carrots and spinach not before 6 months of age because they are high in nitrates. Ask you doctor, he/she should supply you with information on proper nutrition for your baby. Remember, babies will not starve themselves nor will they eat when their bellies are full, their bodies tell them what they need for growth, you may find one week all she does is eat, than the next week you find her sleeping more than eating. It is because her body took in the calories it needed for that growth spirt and now the body needs to rest in order to grow. Don't be surprised if you wake up certain mornings and look at your little girl and notice she has grown, sometimes it is as though you can see them grow right before your eyes.
Michelle - posted on 08/03/2012
You could try introducing solid food like rice cereal along with the bottle feds serve the food first then the bottle, Puree apple,pear or Banana for Breakfast and Dinner or even Lunch at 3 or 4 months is the time to do this anyway so maybe your kid needs some solids. The general rule that I followed when my boys were little feed the baby the same thing for a week to make sure they aren't allergic or so they can get use to the taste then move onto another type of food. I didn't give them eggs, peanut butter untill they were older.
So my daily routine was rice cereal for breakfast, puree apple for morning tea, mash potato & peas for lunch, custard for afternoontea and puree meat, mashed potato, pumpkin for dinner. It sounds like a lot but it's only a few teaspoons. Good luck and follow your instincts.
Savannah - posted on 08/03/2012
Babies tend to go through a growth spurt around three months. It is not a bad sign that you're LO is eating more than you think they should. They will eat til they are full, and if they are overeating, you can usually tell by excess spitting up, or down right vomiting. A lot of pediatricians will tell you to let her eat until she is done. ^_^
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