Starting rice cereal?

Pascale - posted on 10/21/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 3 months old yesterday and he was waking up every 4-5 hours during the night. He recently started waking up every 2 hours again. And he seems supper hungry! Should i start giving him rice cereal? If so, how much should i give him?

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Jodi - posted on 10/21/2013

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He is too young. Increase his milk intake during the day. Feeding your baby too soon (recommendations are around 6 months) can potentially cause problems later, as their digestive systems are not ready to process anything but breastmilk or formula yet. Rice cereal is also pretty empty calories - it has little to no nutritional value. Your baby is far better off nutritionally if you increase his milk intake, as Sarah suggested.

It is also a myth that it helps them sleep at night.

Denise - posted on 10/21/2013

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Check with your child health nurse, but I can't see why he can't have rice cereal, my eldest son wad started at 6 weeks on solids and he is now 28, he was always a hungry baby it actually helped to settle him and he thrived, every child is different. :-)

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Sarah - posted on 10/21/2013

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Doctors recommend not starting cereal until 4-6 months old. Sometimes babies go through growth spurts around 3 months old. Try increasing the amount of milk he is drinking.....so if he normally drinks 4 ounces each feed increase it to 5 ounces each feed. Right now milk is what gives him the nutrients he needs, so if he is hungry more often then that means he needs more nutrients that the milk has for growing.

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