Will my 6 week old sleep better with rice in her milk

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Jodi - posted on 08/07/2013

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This is NOT a child with reflux. Reflux is a whole different issue.

There are risks inherent with feeding your child anything other than breastmilk or formula before their tummies are ready. Many risks have been identified:

1. There is increasing evidence that this is what MAY be linked to such health issues as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diabetes, and celiac disease.

2. Rice cereal is nutritionally about the equivalent of cardboard. You should NOT be replacing increased breastmilk or formula feeds with rice cereal. All you are doing is depriving your child of more essential nutrients.

3. If you baby is not sleeping longer than about 3-4 hours at a time, YOUR BABY IS NORMAL!! If she is hungry at night, she needs to be fed. Simple.

4. Just because someone else did it and their children are now adults and don't have issues (sorry, your okay 7 month old doesn't count), doesn't mean you aren't taking a risk with your child's future.

Your child is not ready to eat anything but breastmilk and formula until they display the following (and 6 weeks old is NOT it):

Head control. Your baby needs to be able to keep his head in a steady, upright position.

Losing the "extrusion reflex." To keep solid food in his mouth and then swallow it, your baby needs to stop using his tongue to push food out of his mouth.

Sitting well when supported. Even if he's not quite ready for a highchair, your baby needs to be able to sit upright to swallow well.

Chewing motions. Your baby's mouth and tongue develop in sync with his digestive system. To start solids, he should be able to move food to the back of his mouth and swallow. As he learns to swallow efficiently, you may notice less drooling – though if your baby's teething, you might still see a lot of drool.

Significant weight gain. Most babies are ready to eat solids when they've doubled their birth weight (or weigh about 15 pounds) and are at least 4 months old.

Growing appetite. He seems hungry – even with eight to ten feedings of breast milk or formula a day.

Curiosity about what you're eating. Your baby may begin eyeing your bowl of rice or reaching for a forkful of fettuccine as it travels from your plate to your mouth.

Amy - posted on 08/01/2013

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No you shouldn't start solids till almost 6 months. A 6 week old wakes because they need something, whether your breastfeeding or bottle feeding, changed, burped, just wants to be comforted, they will sleep longer when they're ready.

Sarah - posted on 08/01/2013

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No, at 6 wks that will just make for a more fussier baby as their tummies are not ready for rice yet. Doctors say not to start any solids until a child is around 6 months old.

Lori Scott - posted on 08/01/2013

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When I started giving my son rice (a long time ago) I found he was more fussy. I would talk to your doctor first. One thing that did help my son was a baby massage after his bath

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Haley - posted on 08/08/2013

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it must be so hard for the mom who originally asked this question. so many different opinions and with medical issues such as gi reflux with projectile vomiting keeping the formula thicken a little with cereal can stop the apena spells. I would never say to do this with out pedi advice or help. So I had to contradict myself and say I believe normal healthy babies at 6 weeks are to young for cereal yet I had to do it for my son because he was gravely ill and turning blue all the time just choking on the thin formula.
I hope this mom knows we are all trying to help her and it would be nice to hear what she had decided to do or if she asked the pedi? so mom that asked the question I forgot your name (sorry) what did you decide and how are you making out?
hugs to all congrats to all moms and babies

Michelle - posted on 08/08/2013

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I was fed cereal in my bottle by two weeks old....I am 40... I am not fat nor do I have a single food allergy. They have changed so much, now they say babies shouldn't have water. I just had my forth and last baby....I will do for her as I did the other three as my Mom did for me and her mom did for her. We r all fine.

Vidya - posted on 08/08/2013

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6 week baby has a very delicate digestive system.........its always safer to give only milk....

Dove - posted on 08/07/2013

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Maybe, maybe not, but it is NOT a good idea either way. 6 week old babies are not 'supposed' to sleep through the night. Some do, but many more do not. It's normal and not something you should try and change.

Haley - posted on 08/07/2013

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Hi Natasha,
very smart with the vomiting our kids do it would come down they would be sticks and choke on the thin fluid and for these kids the risk of the choking is greater with the thin fomula then thickening it with a little cereal it also stops the fluid from refluxing back up and causing ulcerations just be sure your pedi is aware so he / she can watch for stomach emptying issues as well so the baby does not get ulcerated between the stomach and bowel
i wish you all the luck in the world
remember moms they are only little for awhile try and relax and enjoy
hugs to all

Jen - posted on 08/07/2013

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You should NEVER put rice into a bottle its a chocking hazzard. If your going to give the baby rice do it in a bowl with the breastmilk or bottlemilk they normally have. Also at 6 weeks its likely not to do anything at all. Babies at 6 weeks old are only starting to get into a routine so if shes crying in the night then feed her. My 13 month still wakes up and i feed her and she goes back to sleep straight after.

Natasha - posted on 08/07/2013

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Yes it works great. My daughter has acid reflux, so i added 1 tsp of rice to her bottle in the morning and at nite.

Haley - posted on 08/06/2013

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Yes I am a mother with a son with severe reflux order that will have surgery and I agree with certain situations under a DR following the thickness of the formula can help the baby from actually aspirating the liquid into the lungs causing phnumonias thats why certain infants like mine were also put on a special fomular a reflux medication and apnea monitor and possibly stomach empty meds like my son . I agree with you a life saving thing . However for babies with no reflux issue they do not need their formula thick or the consitancy changed they are really not developed yet and choking can happen as well as constipation . The same sphincture we are trying to get to work in a baby with reflux because it is not yet developed is the same part of the body In an infant with out a gi reflux that can keep the body from emptying correctly and cause a infant to choke forcing the food upward So I am suggesting ask the pedi first for safety. I hope your baby does well with his reflux issue sounds like your a terrific mom and were right on top of what he needed. My son will eventually have the surgery for his reflux disorder. How ever he is now 28 years of age still vomiting with special needs and medical issues. HUGS TO ALL MOMS

Adriane - posted on 08/06/2013

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Whether it will make it easier for her to sleep or harder, her body isn't ready for rice yet. At about 6 months is the optimal time to start cereals. It doesn't always, but it CAN cause digestive and pulmonary problems and allergies and start her on a path towards childhood obesity. Her body is designed at this point to only be able to take in small amounts at a time. Putting cereal in her milk is sneaking in extra calories. Adding a small amount of cereal to her milk should only be done at the advice of her pediatrician in the case of a medical need for it. What is best for baby isn't always what's most convenient. Being a mother means sacrificing for those you love. And sometimes that means sacrificing sleep. All mothers face this. It isn't easy but it's ok because it teaches us better priorities. We becomes better people and better mothers if we approach the situation with love and compassion.

There are a number of articles online warning against putting cereal in a baby's bottle. Read up on it. It isn't just a few moms' opinions.

http://www.parenting.com/article/mythbus...

http://guggiedaly.blogspot.com/2012/11/t...

http://www.drgreene.com/qa-articles/baby...

Nadia - posted on 08/06/2013

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I have 4 kids all of then were eating rice cereal by 3 weeks. None of the have any issues at all!!!

Amanda - posted on 08/06/2013

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The answer is a big fat YES.. it I'll fill your babies tummy but do it under your doctors orders. My baby now 7months was given rice in his bottles at 4weeks old and he is just fine..He has never ever suffered from constipation, he had severe acid reflex and couldn't keep anything down. He was given 4oz of formula mixed with 1.5 tsp in every bottle. And to this day is healthy and is developing at a more advanced rate than other babies his age. At 6 mo he crawled and could sit unassisted and stand while holding on to objects. Now at 7 mo he can stand unassisted. And Is the average height and weight of a 12 mo old. Good luck ...PS he never choked either..just make sure the nipple flow isn't to fast

Haley - posted on 08/05/2013

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no do not do it you will regret it the baby will have digestive issues and can choke because their little system is not ready for this yet. You will also miss normal things that should be happening with sleep patterns not to mention the nurturing the baby needs sometimes. I know you must be tired but trust me this will end naturally and your baby will be healthier for it.
I wish you and baby all the best
and remember try to sleep when the baby sleeps

Sudha - posted on 08/05/2013

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please please dont give him anything apart from milk until he is at least 17 weeks old. their digestive systems arent formed properly yet and will cause problems later. it is worth to have sleepless nights now and have a healthy baby.

Karen - posted on 08/05/2013

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Don't do it! I was told the same thing when my son was weeks old. I let him have it and he was one of the unfortunate ones who developed severe constipation issues. His doc explained baby's systems aren't ready for solid food before at least 4 months old. t broke my heart having to insert suppositories into his rectum while he was screaming from the pain of not being able to pooh. We also had to mix Kondremul into his baby bottles. In fact he still suffers from constipation problems from time to time even now and he is 13 years old. I have always blamed myself for this. If I could go back in time I would definitely NOT put the cereal in his bottle.

Bridgette - posted on 08/05/2013

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The doc gave me the OK to put a teaspoon or so in my sons bottle when he was 8 weeks. He cried constantly until then. The minute I gave him the cereal (I was so nervous about it because everything you read says not to do it) and he was a TOTALLY different baby. He slept through the night for the first time ever and seemed so content and happy from that moment on. He had hated the car seat, stroller, swing, everything until then. All of a sudden he really became so easy going and calm. I think he was just hungry!! :) He is 11 now and doing fine. : )

Jenna Paige - posted on 08/04/2013

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I'd prefer not to because you know they could gagg on the rice or chock to death

Samantha - posted on 08/04/2013

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NO. it is a CHOKING HAZARD, and is bad for their digestive system, causes constipation, and will set their gut up for problems later in life. Solids should be started after 6 months, and started with WHOLE FOODS, not the nutritional equivalent of elmer's glue.

Melissa - posted on 08/04/2013

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no, a 6 week old will sleep better when they get older, be patient you will get used to your new sleep schedule. Try to enjoy the fact that they need you so much right now, it really doesn't last forever.

Jen - posted on 08/03/2013

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When my baby was 6 weeks old, he only slept 1-2 hours at a time at night. It was really hard, and I was so exhausted. But you have to do what is best for your baby, and right now, that is getting up when she wakes up to feed her or tend to her needs.
Are you trying to make her sleep longer because you have to go back to work after 6 weeks maternity leave? If so, maybe you can start going to bed earlier, and have your husband put the baby to bed with a bottle of pumped milk?

Rebecca - posted on 08/03/2013

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I remember having a six week old, and being so tired and so desperate for him to sleep. It just seems like forever, but it is not. This time will pass. Six week olds need milk and only milk.

Sally - posted on 08/02/2013

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No It's actually more likely to make her sleep less because it will probably give her a tummy ache.

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