Rice Cereal

Sameera - posted on 09/14/2016 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I'm a first time mom at 36. I was scared to give my 2 month old cereal in her bottle because she's so young. My daughter is 12 pounds and she runs through her formula like water. I just started putting cereal in her bottle yesterday and she still wakes up every 2-3 hours to eat. I give her 3 to 4 ounces with a scoop in 3 ounces and 2 scoops in 4 ounces but it doesn't seem to be working. I don't know want to over stuff my baby with cereal if she's not getting full and I will not put bananas or baby food in her bottle like I was told to do. Am I not putting enough cereal ? It seems thick enough but I want her to get a easy clean feeding. She doesn't drink a full 3 or 4oz with or without cereal.

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Sarah - posted on 09/15/2016

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For warming bottles you can buy a bottle warmer or just put hot water in a pan and then stick the bottle in the hot water for awhile.....easy and cheap. Don't microwave formula....it kills the nutrients. You can microwave the water though before you mix in the formula.....just test before feeding to baby to make sure not too hot.

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Sameera - posted on 09/15/2016

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Thanks so much Sarah E. You are right the formula didn't fill her up. You are a big help. Thanks so much for your input I really appreciate it.

Sarah - posted on 09/15/2016

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None of us are perfect, just experienced. You can skip the cereal. It does nothing but make her formula thick. It does not fill her, it does not nourish her, and just not needed. You are the mom, you do what is best for you. We have all been in your shoes. She may be in a growth spurt and gulping down formula as though she is starving. In reality she can live of formula alone for a full year! A whole year! While solids introduced at 5-6 months are a learning tool and some kids are ready for a modified table diet at 7-8 months; others are not.
Look up "how do I know my baby is ready for solids" there will be so much info. You will learn a lot. Your child is healthy, you are obviously devoted to her well being, so give yourself some credit for at least asking. Don't be afraid to ask the doctor if he know the AAP or AMA standards (you can look them up). Many docs are old school and don't know that the current research is advising no cereal at all unless used to thicken homemade fruit or veg baby food. Which, BTW is very easy to make, and the you know what your baby is getting and the exact ingredients. I got a food processor as a shower gift and was able to make baby food for every one of my kids. what a blessing!

Sameera - posted on 09/14/2016

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I have the correct nipples, I burp her and I make her 4 ounce bottle and use to put a the scoop of rice according to how much she will drink. I should have made myself more clear. I'm on too of everything. I'm not perfect and need answer that's why I came here. I was also told to put baby food in her bottle No way will I do that ever.

Sameera - posted on 09/14/2016

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This was helpful. I like to keep her bottles warm and just make them as needed. I'll invest in a bottle warmer and will definitely put it in the refrigerator or is it safe to microwave it? Not in her bottle of course. I'm a new mom and I worry about everything.

Sameera - posted on 09/14/2016

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It was the resident doctor. She had a great doctor. He said follow thecan directions

Sameera - posted on 09/14/2016

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Yes it is old school and I was told to put it in her bottle but I was scared but after seeing how she was running through the formula I tried it out for one day and she had a great bowel movement and that's when I said to myself no more cereal, I don't want to mess withheld digestive system. The resident doctor stated that1 1/2 scoop to 3 ounces was good but I read up on everything and new that 2scoops to 4 was better.

Sarah - posted on 09/14/2016

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Sameera, can you clarify? Did your doctor actually tell you that one scoop of powdered formula in 3 ounces was an acceptable way to feed her? If so, I'd find a new doc. It is one scoop per 2 ounces. Always.

Sarah - posted on 09/14/2016

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Also, the AAP has ruled, that even rice cereal is not advised before 6 months. And they are advising pediatricians to not recommend it at all. When I was an infant, and teething, my pediatrician told my mom to rub some bourbon on my gums! We have learned so much in recent years, and it is a doctor's job to stay current. Ask your doctor if he knows the current AAP and AMA standard. No baby should receive solids until they demonstrate the ability to move the solid around in her mouth.
A general rule of thumb for you to estimate how much formula you will need is 2.5 to 3 ounces per pound over 24 hours. So at 12 pounds, she may consume 36 ounces over a 24 hour period. Rather than mixing each serving, you can mix a 12 ounce batch, refrigerate it, and feed as she needs. There will be less waste this way, and remaining formula can be held for 48 hours are long as it was not warmed or put in a feeding. WIC is a government program, and while I am sure well intended, they are not responsible for your child's health.

Dove - posted on 09/14/2016

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I thought the scoops she was mentioning was the rice cereal... not that she was mixing the formula incorrectly..? I could have misunderstood though.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/14/2016

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OMG I just saw you are not following the directions on the can!! you NEED to follow those directions!! And your doctor said 4 mos not 2 months to feed cereal in the bottle!! I don't EVER agree with putting cereal in the bottle but you are doing it 2 whole months before your pediatrician told you too!! WTF??

Follow the directions on the can. EXACTLY! Don't just do it any which way you want. That is why bottles have measurements on the side to get the exact ounces of water you need, and that is why the formula has a measuring cup in it!! Use the correct nipple size for the correct age. Burp your baby after feeding.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/14/2016

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Don't put rice or anything else into her formula at all. I know some doctors still recommend this, but it is not a good thing. It is considered a first step solid food, and solids are not meant to be given until 6 mos and up. She should be able to hold herself up unassisted before offered solids, have good tongue thrusting, and be interested in food. Adding cereal to food is old school and so much research has been done against it!!
Feeding every 2-3 hours is completely normal for formula fed babies. If you want to change anything, go up in ounces, not what you are giving her.
Baby cereal will fill her up to much, and not nutritionally balanced for her like formula. It can cause choking, and to much can make her own body not tell her when she is full.

Ev - posted on 09/14/2016

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The way your post read it was like you were just doing things willy-nilly. You should be making it the way the can reads then. If she does not finish a whole 4 ounces then put the other ounce in another bottle and put it away for later or dump the excess out. If you do not place the right amounts of water to formula you could cause your child some issues there too.


From the Similac Site:

Watered-down formula is not recommended for your baby's health
For a child to receive appropriate nutrition, proper formula preparation is important. Adding too much water dilutes essential nutrients, and can significantly impact a child's nutrition. The results can be serious.
{{{" with a scoop in 3 ounces and 2 scoops in 4 ounces but it doesn't seem to be working."===The part about using a scoop with three ounces of water means it is watered down and you should only use a scoop with 2 ounces of water.}}

Powdered Formula:
1 unpacked level scoop of formula per 2 fl oz of water it’s still important to carefully follow the directions—your baby's health depends on it. With all the mixing, storing, warming, and re-using do’s and don’ts, there’s a lot to consider, remember, and monitor.

Reusing baby formula:
If your baby starts a bottle of formula but does not finish it within one hour, throw it away. Do not refrigerate it. Do not reheat it. Do not save it for later. Throw it away.

I think I know what I am talking about. I have raised two to adulthood and I used mostly powered formulas with the both of them because breastfeeding did not work out. I was careful with how much I put in a bottle at a time. Placing one scoop in for 3 ounces of water is diluting it down and can cause a lot of issues as the article said.

Here is the link:

https://similac.com/baby-feeding/formula/how-to-make-bottle

Sameera - posted on 09/14/2016

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Ev Witt I know how to read very well and I know how to follow directions on My child's formula and all of my daughter's bottles are 4 oz made but she rarely drinks it so I put a scoop because I know when she will drink 3 oz because I know my daughter's eating pattern. I Have spoken to my doctor about that and and my daughter is moving faster then the average 2month old and her brain is developing just fine and her weight gain is great .

Sameera - posted on 09/14/2016

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Thanks for your input. I was told by her pediatrician and wig that at 4 months she can eat rice cereal with her formula a tablespoon amount in a bowl only. I only have her cereal for one day. I already made. The decision not to give it to her anymore. I'll just by extra formula. Thanks for your feed back.

Sameera - posted on 09/14/2016

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I was told by her pediatrician and wic that 4 months she can start rice cereal. I haven't out any cereal in her bottle at all after I wrote this post. I thought about it messing up her digestive system. It was only one day. I already decided to stop.

Dove - posted on 09/14/2016

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Cereal does not belong in the bottle. No food other than breast milk or formula under 6 months and NEVER in the bottle. Eating every 2-3 hours is 100% normal. She is eating a NORMAL amount of formula at a NORMAL interval for a 2 month old baby. Let her be normal and don't ruin her digestive system by feeding her anything other than the formula.

Sarah - posted on 09/14/2016

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Who is telling you to put cereal or baby food in a bottle?! Never put either in a bottle. At 2 months the ONLY thing your baby should be having is formula or breastmilk NO cereal or baby food. You can start cereal and baby food at 6 MONTHS. At 2 months a baby should be waking every 2 to 3 hrs to eat. Their tummies are small and can't hold much. So they eat more often. 3 ounces every 2 hours is normal for 2 months.

Ev - posted on 09/14/2016

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Do you not read the directions on the label? I believe it is a 2 scoops every 4 ounces. I checked and it is 2 scoops of formula powder to 4 ounces of water. Do not adjust it like you have been doing. Also adding cereal to the formula is not recommended as it can cause choking and is empty calories for baby and does nothing to help her grow. At this age it is normal for her to eat every 3 hours or so and to eat quite a bit of formula. AND using cereal can over stuff your baby too.

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