my babys really hungry and only 11 weeks old should i start him on baby rice

Michelle - posted on 04/29/2009 ( 196 moms have responded )

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my son is 11 weeks old and tking 9 oz of sma white every 3 - 4 hrs can/should i starthim on baby rice

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Jess - posted on 05/01/2009

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No it is too early....even if people say that their baby did not get allergies, they can show up much later. Plus the baby's digestive system is not ready for solid foods yet. Feed him every hour or two. He may be going through a growth spurt and need extra food.

Tamara - posted on 04/30/2009

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Nope. Just keep feeding him the formula. He's about to hit a growth spurt. The rice will just mess up his little guts.

Amanda - posted on 04/30/2009

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I wouldn't give him solids that early, it is normal for them to drink lots at that age. I would not worry about him becoming over weight as he will grow into his body.
just let him eat how ever much formula he wants

Melissa - posted on 04/30/2009

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No he is not ready feeding ceral to early can lead to allergies,celiac disease, diabeties, obesity and alot of other things if you think but the information yougave suggests that your baby is just growing and thats great I can get you some helpful information/ links if you need them

Mel - posted on 04/29/2009

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ok im trying to reply to Siobhan but my net is running slow and playing up so i cant do reply with quote :

I think that only some docs reccomend it before 4 months because others want to make sure incase thier is some kind of reaction they dont want it to come back on them or something. as for rice cereal ive heard of people doing it young as 1 week, i personally wouldnt do it myself til about 6 weeks if that and id only do it if i had to, but i think alot of moms do it after theyve had a few kids they realise they know what they are doing and they want to try new things for thier babys and to help them get a little more sleep!







Just a note i didnt want to give my baby solids til 5 months, 4 earlier but her dietician, speecys and pedi told me to give her solids 4-5 meals a day starting at 3 months. she loved it :)

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Rachael - posted on 11/18/2013

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My baby is 11 weeks old and I have him on farex just one bottle a day before bed, he has been fine no problems or anything and is now sleeping all night

Jessica - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Carla:

it hasnt gone up in australia from 4 months to 6months its still 4



Your local Acadamy of Pediatrics might say that (or whatever it might be called there) might say that but the World Health Organization still recommends 6 months of nothing but breastmilk.

Jamie - posted on 05/06/2009

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I don't see anything wrong with giving your son baby rice. I gave my little girl banana baby food when she was a wk old, but I didn't do it every day. When she got a little older about 6 wks old I started giving her baby rice every now and then because doesn't gain weight that easily. When the nurse heard that I had done that she about flipped out on me. I say do what you think is best for your son. I mean our mothers did it and there mothers did it and nothing is wrong with us. When I give her the baby rice I take tlbsp of rice and abour 3 to 4 tlbsp of breast milk or formula and feed it to her through a spoon.

Lisa - posted on 05/06/2009

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all our children have been fed rusks fron as young as 8 weeks old they were just to hungry with formula milk my 6 week old son has 9ozs bottles five times a day but he is always hungary were now starting him on rusks trust your instinks you know your baby and what he needs better then anyone else, a little bit of food wont hurt any weight he gains he will come off when he start walking if he is feeding every three to four hrs this could be hir way of telling you he is hungary

Katheryn - posted on 05/06/2009

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He is probably going through a growing spurt. You can add rice, but since he can't digest it, he will just poop it out and you would be wasting money. Keep feeding him when he's hungry and you will get through this no problem.

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Okay, this is all a mom's world, right? I have public health experience and over the last 20 years and the increase in formula feeding has increased the incidence of obesity with it's secondary problems and allergies of all types. Some say that their child's weight if fine--where are they on the growth charts and what is your BMI? Numbers don't lie, opinions change and we sometimes strongly protect our misconceptions.

I breastfed my daughter exclusively for 7 months and switched her to soy formula because she had colic when I drank milk. She was a very chunky baby and always struggles with her weight, although never obese. She had GI problems with milk until she was 8 or 9yo. Now that I've had lactation training, I would have combined spoon feeding with breast until she was 14mo. Infants usually don't have the skills for spoon feeding until they are 4-6mo.

I never understood how to spoon feed a 2week old! Cup drinking is best with thickened breast milk or formula. Preemies take to breast better when cup fed in the hospital! I only recommend cereal in the bottle for reflux and drug exposed babies. Formula takes a lot longer to go through the tummy than breastmilk, so less frequent feeding is common, but will be in larger quantities. Many of the nutrients in formula are not absorbed as well in the gut and can cause "lactose intolerance," which is biologically impossible except for some races.

Is adding cereal to the formula okay? Yes.
Is it necessary? No
Will it cause problems in my baby? Probably, now or later. But that leaves the other half that have absolutely no problems.
Is anyone here right or wrong? No, their experiences are what they are as well as their opinions.

Carla - posted on 05/06/2009

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i think every baby is different. u will know in your self if he is ready..my lil girl was always hungry and i found that i was getting up feeding her so much through out the night so at first i added 1teaspoon of farex (baby rice) in her normal bottle then as she got used to drinking that and she could digest it good i added a little bit more about 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons this helped heaps when i started her on pured formula.. u will know if ur baby is ready after the first bottle with rice cereal as if u find he is really constipated then hes not ready but if it goes through him fine then ur on ur way



good luck :)

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I believe it's the World Health Organization that recommends babies do not receive any solids until they are atleast six months old as their digestive system cannot properly handle solids until then, My daughter is 9 months old & receiving solids during the day, as well as bf & still wakes up 2-3 times per night for feedings, babies have a lot going on, each one is different (my son started sleeping through the night at 3 months old), some have higher metabolisms then others etc.....as for Stacie Marchiafava's baby being "chunkier" than she'd like, I just want to say, don't worry about chunkiness right now. My son was in the 97th percentile for weight until he was about a year old, he is now 29 months old, 36 lbs., and by no means fat. He slimmed out once he started walking. Babies are supposed to be chunky, the little rolls are adorable & it's about the only time in their life that people will find it acceptable.

Kayleigh - posted on 05/06/2009

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course you can start your little boy on baby rice, he is a hungry baby and thats normal, you no your own baby and he will let you no if its too much for him or if hes not ready for it.... both my girls were really hungry babies and i started them on rusks at 8/9 weeks, they are only 1n 1/2 n 6 months now but are both growing up really healthy babies. as i said you no your own child and you will no if hes not ready for baby rice. good luck with it.

Jessica - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

If he is 14 pounds you can start him on the cereal...



Weight is by no means an indication of readiness.  Some babies are born 11 + pounds and they would be at 14 pounds way too soon for cereal.  The digestive system matures with age, not weight!

Angie - posted on 05/06/2009

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I have four children and I started all of them on cereal around around eight weeks. Just gradually, maybe a tablespoon in every other bottle at first. It always helped mine to feel better.

Angie - posted on 05/06/2009

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I have four children and I started all of them on cereal around around eight weeks. Just gradually, maybe a tablespoon in every other bottle at first. It always helped mine to feel better.

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Yes! He's hungry so feed him. The label on the box or tin may say it's only for babies over a certain age but he hasn't read that and is hungry. I gave my daughter milk with a 1/4 rusk mixed into a paste and spoon fed it to her at 12 weeks, she loved it and is a very healthy 7 year old now.

Linda - posted on 05/06/2009

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I have a son who is now 14 years old 6 feet tall and 150 pounds. He was constantly hungry. I started out breastfeeding him he would be hungry 1/2 hour after I fed him. Went to the pediatrician in tears he told me to give him formula. That didn't help he was still hungry. Went back to pediatrician he told me to put a little rice in his bottle make the opening on the nipple a little bigger so it will go thru. What a difference!!! Happy baby he slept better so I did too. Good Luck

Becky - posted on 05/06/2009

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My daughter is 17 now but at 2-3 weeks she was started on very runny rice cereal and had no problems. She is healthy and happy. So do what YOU feel comfortable with. I was comfortable giving her that before bed time or evening.

Allison - posted on 05/06/2009

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With my first son he had acid reflex and the doc told us to put rice cereal in his bottles with the formula and he was under a month old. With my second he eats like crazy and seeemed to be hungary non stop so I started him on the rice and formula bottles and it works wanders, he is only 2 months and we started him on it at a month old. I recommend doing it that way because it is the easiest way to get a baby to eat that rice cereal without putting sugar or other sweetener in it. Good luck trust me my two month old is already 13lbs but reached 10lbs at 3 wks and was born only 7lbs 2oz. It slowed his eating tremendesly.

Allison - posted on 05/06/2009

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With my first son he had acid reflex and the doc told us to put rice cereal in his bottles with the formula and he was under a month old. With my second he eats like crazy and seeemed to be hungary non stop so I started him on the rice and formula bottles and it works wanders, he is only 2 months and we started him on it at a month old. I recommend doing it that way because it is the easiest way to get a baby to eat that rice cereal without putting sugar or other sweetener in it. Good luck trust me my two month old is already 13lbs but reached 10lbs at 3 wks and was born only 7lbs 2oz. It slowed his eating tremendesly.

Allison - posted on 05/06/2009

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With my first son he had acid reflex and the doc told us to put rice cereal in his bottles with the formula and he was under a month old. With my second he eats like crazy and seeemed to be hungary non stop so I started him on the rice and formula bottles and it works wanders, he is only 2 months and we started him on it at a month old. I recommend doing it that way because it is the easiest way to get a baby to eat that rice cereal without putting sugar or other sweetener in it. Good luck trust me my two month old is already 13lbs but reached 10lbs at 3 wks and was born only 7lbs 2oz. It slowed his eating tremendesly.

Renae - posted on 05/05/2009

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i have been feeding my son a small amount of rice cereal since he was 6 weeks old. he is now 13 weeks old and looks forward to his cereal every morning. he gets so excited when i put him in his bouncer to feed him. as long as it is runny i dont see the difference to putting it in his bottle. they say not to put it in their bottles because they then find it hard to differentiate between solids and liquids.

Brittany - posted on 05/05/2009

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I also started my youngest son on rice at 4 weeks, formual just wasnt enough, my doctor told me if i was going to give it to him, not to do it in the bottle, so i did both the spoon and the bottle. He did great with it, and he is not obese or neither does he have any problems! He is very healthy at 13 months old, my first son got cereal later because he was a preemie, and they are a little slower than a full term baby. I agree with the others, you are the mom, it is totally up to you! Your are the judge in this matter!

Stephanie - posted on 05/05/2009

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karicare thickend formula is good keeps keeps them a lot fuller for longer, i had all my three on it!

Amber - posted on 05/05/2009

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Hey at least your getting 3-4 hours inbetwwen feedings. My son was the same when he was an infant but heas was every 1-3 hours. All the doctors saidl of course do not give him rice but once he was about 12 weeks of still wanting to eat every 2 hours we made our own decision to star a SMALL amount of rice. We did maybe a teaspoon to start and made sure he did ok with it and it wend fine. We then went to a tablespoon and slowly up the amount from there. He loved it and slept and ate better and he's a healthy 18 month old baby.. so trust what you feel is right!

Bobbi - posted on 05/05/2009

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NO! The first 6 months they will cluster feed........not a know it all.........but just part of being a mommy at the beggining that is so frustrating..........we all wanted to give up or find an easier way .......it will get better. Keep feeding often.

Stacy - posted on 05/05/2009

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I always say ask your doctor! My son has been using rice cereal in his bottle from 3 weeks old... due to acid reflux

Brooke - posted on 05/05/2009

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Quoting katie:

oh my i cant believe what i'm reading :O you dont bloody give babies at that age food/rice or baby rice in a bottle dont you know what you are doing to your babies insides, im gobsmacked reading this...



Ok so you disagree with this but we are mums we are trying to do what we think is best. I honestly would not feed my bub solids before 3 months but  saying that everyone should do what they believe. Westmead childrens hospital recommends to start cereal at 3.5 months.. so ladies do what you feel..

Mel - posted on 05/05/2009

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Quoting Natalie:



Quoting Melissa:




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Quoting Laurel:

By the way, dont worry about all these replies that are making you feel like a horrible person for thinking about it because they are probably either new mommies or know it alls!! You should do what you think is best!









nope,not know it all's  just smart people












 








lol like you say know it alls. these people who say "oh no dont do it it will choek them its too early etc etc" are first time parents or they have never had a hungry baby where they have had to do this to help them get a good nights sleep. ive personally not had to do this because ive only got one daughter and shes always just wanted to sleep shes very lazy, but i have no doubt with my next that its prob going to be the opposite and need that rice cereal to make him sleep through. Laurel is right you do what you think is best for baby, your the mummy and you know right. if doctors and pedi's reccomend this and i even saw a post once from a nurse who said she did this, them i am sure its not that bad!!









why would you risk you child choking or having issue's with their gut just so you could a good nights sleep tho ? my daughter didn't sleep at night for 5 weeks !!!, didn't enter my head to give her something just to make her sleep through.






 






In fairness to Michelle who asked this question, i think HER point was she is just worried her baby is hungry and not getting enough food. 





 



if baby is just hungry i would not start on rice cereal because of the constipation issues i would spoon feed pureed fruit and vegies which is fine to do at 11 weeks and im sure probably better then putting rice cereal in a bottle but its really up to the  mum. mine was only a little older then this when she started on solids when her dietician told me to give her food all she did was write a list of reactions to look out for and to do the trying each food for 3 days things. no harm in it.

Nichole - posted on 05/05/2009

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I started feeding my baby rice cereal around 5-6 weeks. Not much but just a little to see if it would help. It didn't help or harm him. He still at the same amount with the cereal. I would say try it one time.

Amber - posted on 05/05/2009

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My son will be a month old on mothers day and he will eat 7 oz every three hours if i let him. I don't think its right but that is what everyone keeps telling me. Its just a growth spurt. I am a first time mom, so i really don't know much. I can't wait to start him on cereal. Thank God for WIC. If you try him on cereal, you should let me know how it goes.

Karen Meredith - posted on 05/05/2009

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Im not pointing fingers at anyone here, but I read over and over how "I put cereal in my babies bottle and he slept through the night at such and such an age" did you do it for the baby or so that you could get more sleep? I knew when I decided to have a baby that there would be nights without sleep, thats what I signed on for by getting pregnant.

As far as putting solids in a bottle..LAZY mans way of feeding a baby..I knew a couple that had this feeder thing that had a nipple not quite a bottle looked more like a frosting tube but with a nipple,the child got so used to using that, that when I babysat him and tried to use a spoon he had no idea what to do, no mater how hard I tried could not get him to eat off a spoon, finally to get him to eat, I had to use that stupid thing..If the baby isnt ready for solids, wait a while...they are babies..keep them that way for a while..

Natalie - posted on 05/05/2009

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and also I have had many times where my baby was a bit more hungrier after I had nothing left (i breast feed) but I learnt how to increase my milk flow and all was well in a day or so, so I do know what it's like to have a hungry baby, at night,... who won't sleep.

Natalie - posted on 05/05/2009

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Quoting Melissa:



Quoting Amanda:




Quoting Laurel:

By the way, dont worry about all these replies that are making you feel like a horrible person for thinking about it because they are probably either new mommies or know it alls!! You should do what you think is best!







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lol like you say know it alls. these people who say "oh no dont do it it will choek them its too early etc etc" are first time parents or they have never had a hungry baby where they have had to do this to help them get a good nights sleep. ive personally not had to do this because ive only got one daughter and shes always just wanted to sleep shes very lazy, but i have no doubt with my next that its prob going to be the opposite and need that rice cereal to make him sleep through. Laurel is right you do what you think is best for baby, your the mummy and you know right. if doctors and pedi's reccomend this and i even saw a post once from a nurse who said she did this, them i am sure its not that bad!!





why would you risk you child choking or having issue's with their gut just so you could a good nights sleep tho ? my daughter didn't sleep at night for 5 weeks !!!, didn't enter my head to give her something just to make her sleep through.



 



In fairness to Michelle who asked this question, i think HER point was she is just worried her baby is hungry and not getting enough food. 

Natalie - posted on 05/05/2009

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I wouldn't personally, I would talk to your doctor about your concerns, they may suggest hungry baby formula if there is an issue. Anything under 17 weeks is dangerous and not advise (the actual advise from the World Health Organisation is nothing under 6 months, but under 17 weeks is very dangerous) just because some people have been lucky doesn't mean you will, be careful.



hope it all works out for you

Natalie - posted on 05/05/2009

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I wouldn't personally at 11 weeks, speak to your health visitor or doctor about your concerns, any solids given under 17 weeks are very dangerous, regardless of what people say, just cause they got lucky nothing happened doesn't mean you will.



hope all goes well.

Linda - posted on 05/05/2009

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The thing to be cautious of is constipation if you add rice to their formula to early. If you decide to add rice I would just be aware of any sudden changes. It can be really hard on a little one.

Ange - posted on 05/04/2009

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I would honestly talk to your doctor, they may suggest some tests to be sure he is absorbing what he needs or they may change his formula.. He could just be a hungry growing baby too but I would consult your doctor before making any decisions, You can always get a second opinion. :) Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 05/04/2009

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Oh and my kids are 3 and 10 and are perfectly fine (no obesity) and my daughter had lactose intolerance and reflux before beginning solids, solids helped the reflux. I did the bananas for my daughter as her dad's family had allergies and I was told by the Dr that the bananas were easier on a babies system than cereal. My mom did the cereal in the bottle at 3 mos as her Dr suggested for both me and my sister and we are both healthy adults, in all cases I know of the obesity theory does not hold true either. do ask your pediatrician but always remember to stick to your mommy instincts. If you think your baby needs it then I would go with it and dont let these people make you feel bad or worried. good luck

Jessica - posted on 05/04/2009

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thats about when I started my kids. 11-13 weeks old is common. I started my daughter on mashed bananas mixed with her formula (to make a runny consitancy) when she was nearly 11 mos old.

Beth - posted on 05/04/2009

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i would. my daughter was the same way. others said no when my mommy instinct said yes. for the first 5 years of her life she didn't like to eat. i think her body learned not to be hungry because she didn'tt get enough food at first. i did do it for my son, and he has always been a good eater. consider this when you decide. i hope i helped!

Mel - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Amanda:



Quoting Laurel:

By the way, dont worry about all these replies that are making you feel like a horrible person for thinking about it because they are probably either new mommies or know it alls!! You should do what you think is best!





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lol like you say know it alls. these people who say "oh no dont do it it will choek them its too early etc etc" are first time parents or they have never had a hungry baby where they have had to do this to help them get a good nights sleep. ive personally not had to do this because ive only got one daughter and shes always just wanted to sleep shes very lazy, but i have no doubt with my next that its prob going to be the opposite and need that rice cereal to make him sleep through. Laurel is right you do what you think is best for baby, your the mummy and you know right. if doctors and pedi's reccomend this and i even saw a post once from a nurse who said she did this, them i am sure its not that bad!!

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Quoting Amanda:



Quoting Laurel:

By the way, dont worry about all these replies that are making you feel like a horrible person for thinking about it because they are probably either new mommies or know it alls!! You should do what you think is best!





nope,not know it all's  just smart people





 



lol like you say know it alls. these people who say "oh no dont do it it will choek them its too early etc etc" are first time parents or they have never had a hungry baby where they have had to do this to help them get a good nights sleep. ive personally not had to do this because ive only got one daughter and shes always just wanted to sleep shes very lazy, but i have no doubt with my next that its prob going to be the opposite and need that rice cereal to make him sleep through. Laurel is right you do what you think is best for baby, your the mummy and you know right. if doctors and pedi's reccomend this and i even saw a post once from a nurse who said she did this, them i am sure its not that bad!!

Tanya - posted on 05/04/2009

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We put a bit of rice ceral in our daughter's night time bottle at about 3 months old and it helped her to sleep longer thru the night...She was a bigger baby and seemed as if she was hungry all the time. Do what you think is best! Good Luck!!

Georgina - posted on 05/04/2009

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hi my son was always hungry so at 2 months i started him on rusked broken up with his milk now he is 4 months and is on 3 meals a day and all of his bottle feeds i hope this helps

Tara - posted on 05/04/2009

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My dr had me wait until my son was 5 months old. If you start too early they say it increases the risk of allergies. Are you nursing? I nursed my son and I had to let him just treat me as if I were a pacifier for a while to get me to produce enough for him.

Carolyn - posted on 05/04/2009

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Hi Michelle,



I am pretty new at the Circle of Moms, but I do have a 12 yo and 9 yo. When Cody,my 12 year old was an infant, he was always hungry and didn't sleep. My mom suggested at 21 days old, to put a teaspoon of rice cereal in his bottle. It was just enough to give the formula little texture. I did not do this with my 9 year old. Cody has no food allergies and does not over eat. Justin, has lots of food allergies and thinks he needs to eat till his stomach hurts. Everyone has their own experiences and stories, try whatever you are comfortable with and good luck.

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