started baby on cereal

Jessica - posted on 01/04/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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So I started my 4 month old on cereal and I can't tell if she's eating less because of it or she's teething. She was eating 6oz every 4 hours about 5feedings a day. Yes cereal is in bottle but mixed with 6oz and hasn't had problems. I tried no cereal and she still only ate 26oz

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Jodi - posted on 01/04/2016

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So she's just slowed down her growth a little and maybe doesn't need as much. If she is hydrated and happy, I wouldn't worry about it.

Sarah - posted on 01/04/2016

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Perhaps try to feed her a bit less but more often. The rule of thumb I know is 2 to 2.5 oz per pound over 24 hours. So If she weighs 13 pounds or less, she is probably getting enough to eat. Babies will go thru spurts where they seem insatiable and other times when they are not interested in eating. If she is alert, hydrated and content most of the time, I'd give her a few days and she how she feeds. I agree that unless you started cereal because your doctor told you too, there is really no benefit.

Jodi - posted on 01/04/2016

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4 months is really young to be giving her cereal, not to mention you shouldn't be adding to her bottle. However, I know some recommendations do say to start at 4 months. But if you are giving cereal in a bottle, starting solids is absolutely pointless and of no benefit whatsoever. It's about the practice with the texture, so you should be introducing solids on a spoon. If she's not ready to eat from a spoon yet, she's not ready for solids.

At this age, her nutrition should mostly be coming from breastmilk or formula. Even when you do start her on solids, this is still where the majority of her nutrition comes from until she is around 12 months old. She should still be drinking the same amount of milk, don't allow it to cut back because of the solids.

I will also point out that by adding it to her milk, you are no longer feeding her 26 oz of milk.....it is less because the cereal takes up volume to. So in actual fact, you are reducing her nutrition (because cereal has very little nutrition in it).

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Jessica - posted on 01/04/2016

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But even if she wasn't eating the cereal She should be eating what she normally eats.

She didn't have any at all today and only ate 26oz when she normally eats 30 to 32oz and when she gets a bottle she eats part of it then crys if I try to give her more. She's pooping just fine and has plenty of pre diapers.

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