PRO RICE CEREAL ONLY PLEASE :)

Meghan - posted on 02/07/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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First time, young Mom here -- nervous about practically everything I do! PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND IF YOU ARE ANTI RICE CEREAL. I have done much research and have chosen to move forward with this tactic and am here to get some general feedback. Thanks!

Short back story -- had all intentions of breastfeeding but it wasn't in the cards. Moved onto formula. Son diagnosed with reflux and prescribed Zantac liquid. He is just about 2 months old (young I know but his reflux is pretty intense!) My pediatrician said I COULD use rice cereal in his formula if " I " wanted but she "personally" wouldn't, not "professionally" but "personally". So mothers instinct took over and I couldn't bear my son crying after EVERY feeding. It brought me to tears. I tried the rice cereal and he is so content! However, I am somewhat ashamed? to ask my pediatrician about the ins and outs of rice cereal because she didn't strongly encourage it. My questions are:

1) Do I add it to EVERY feeding?
2) Do I decrease his formula amount to account for extra caloric intake?
3) Do I decrease the avg. feedings per day to account for extra caloric intake or increase length of time between feedings?
4) I have been mixing 1 tsp per ounce, does this sound correct?
5) I am putting the rice cereal directly in the bottle (3 1/2 ounces formula + 3 tsp rice cereal), is that right? I think I need larger nipples..

Any other tips and tricks about this situation would be great :)

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Andrea - posted on 02/07/2014

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1) You can as it won't hurt him and will help with the reflux.
2) NO do not decrease the formula amount.
3) Nope leave every thing the same as if you were not putting it in there, should be able to go longer on his own though..
4) You should only put 1 tablespoon in.as the amount of milk goes up from 2 to 4oz you will just up the rice by one tablespoon...
5) If you cut back on the amount of rice you are putting in then the nipples should be ok, otherwise you can move to a medium flow, but if you do that increase to 2 tablespoon rice..
You are doing a good job with your little one.. MOTHER knows best...
I know how you feel, I have had to do this my kiddos.. I have 3, a 6 year old boy a almost 5 year old girl and a 12 month old boy..
With my older 2 they both had really really bad reflux to the point they would projectile vomit across the room after every feeding and I had to lay them on their sides in bed with bed elevated.. I started with just meds didn't cut it so then started the rice at around 2 months with my oldest Son, my Daughter was 4 months {as she was in hospital for 2 months} and youngest around 2 months as well.. Hope this is helpful... Best wishes and take care... Your doing great... Keep up the good job...

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Meghan - posted on 02/07/2014

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I can't thank you enough Andrea Quail --- I'm glad I joined CoM's! Sometimes I just peace of mind and hearing it from another Mom always makes me feel better! Baby Parker and I thank you!

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