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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Karen - posted on 05/04/2009

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my daughter and son was the same, i put a teaspoon of farex in their bottle for breakfast and night before bed, they was satified and slept more peacefully.

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I also agree with Nicola- what did we do before we had all the professionals telling us what to do- we trusted our instincts and listened to other women!

Nicola - posted on 05/04/2009

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Every 3-4 hours is quite normal. I am a mother of 3, my eldest is 18yrs and youngest 5yrs, my eldest needed baby rice from 7 wks. He was an average size baby but always hungry. I started giving him baby rice in the evening, made a huge difference, my girls were happy to wait till 4mths. The health visitors didnt approve, said he would be obese - nonsense, he is still a big skinny boy with a huge appetite!! I think all the guidelines that are given by health prof are for parents who can't think for themselves, trust your instinct - you know your baby best.

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Is there any family history of allergies or medical conditions...make an informed decision- talk to your doctor then do what you think is best...I have four children. All were breast feed then went srtraight to cows milk. Two started solids at four months- with rice cereal either with milk or water. the other two started solids at six months. Each child is different. Do what you think is best for the child. She may not be a big eater- my second son drinks more that he eats...my daughter loves eating fruit and yogurt- she eats all the time. My eldest son eats big meals and doesnt snack through the day. My youngest has to eat all the time because of his heart condition...hope you find helpful

Jessica - posted on 05/03/2009

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Quoting Janet:



Quoting Michelle:

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

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






My sons were 10 pounds each and I gave them the wheat cereal with 4 ounces of formula at night to help them sleep and it worked. They had no problems and thrived and I got some much needed sleep. forget the old wives tales and feed the baby.






 






Janet DeSormier





how is medical information an old wives tale??

Janet - posted on 05/03/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

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

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



My sons were 10 pounds each and I gave them the wheat cereal with 4 ounces of formula at night to help them sleep and it worked. They had no problems and thrived and I got some much needed sleep. forget the old wives tales and feed the baby.



 



Janet DeSormier

Jessica - posted on 05/03/2009

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Maybe everyone who is saying there kids are older now are ok, but the fact still remains, it increases the risks of diabetes, alleriges, and obseity LATER IN LIFE. I am not saying that every baby who gets cereal early will have these problems but there are enough health risks out there, why make a choice to increase it??????

Amanda - posted on 05/03/2009

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my son was born 2 weeks early and with the hunger of a horse. i couldnt keep him full at all, no matter how often i fed him, it wasnt enough. so what i started to do, suggested by my health nurse, is in a 4 oz bottle of milk/ formula, add about an oz of baby cereal/rice. maybe give him one just a few hours before bed, and then one in the morning. it really helped me alot and well my son was satisfied. just make it runny enough for him to drink it and u may have to make the nipple a tad bigger. trust me it worked wonders.

Gwen - posted on 05/03/2009

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Too soon; it will be too much on his GI system. I agree, he may need to eat more frequently.

Chloe - posted on 05/03/2009

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I cant not believe some of these replies!

FARAX in a friggen bottle :-S

My children Started at 4 months and 7 and a half months.

My son who started at four months now had a dair intollarance

Stephanie - posted on 05/03/2009

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I started mine at 2 weeks just at night and he would sleep all night long. I started with a really thin consistency and worked him up to thicker over time. He was never overweight or had any problems. He is now a thriving 9 year old that plays every sport you can think of.

Stephanie - posted on 05/03/2009

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I started mine at 2 weeks just at night and he would sleep all night long. I started with a really thin consistency and worked him up to thicker over time. He was never overweight or had any problems. He is now a thriving 9 year old that plays every sport you can think of.

Jessica - posted on 05/03/2009

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i'm sorry but no peaditrician would be ok with putting rice ceral in bottles,god if your despreate to thicken up formula by the formula thickner. 11 weeks is early id say he is having a growth spurt there is light at the end of that tunnel

Jessica - posted on 05/03/2009

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i'm sorry but no peaditrician would be ok with putting rice ceral in bottles,god if your despreate to thicken up formula by the formula thickner. 11 weeks is early id say he is having a growth spurt there is light at the end of that tunnel

Natalie - posted on 05/03/2009

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The World Health Organisation advise 6 momths before any soilds, they put it up from 4 months for a good reason.

Natalie - posted on 05/03/2009

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11 weeks is way to early and dangerous, i would speak to your doctor, also (i'm sure you know your baby) but are you sure he's hungry as in do you give him more milk then and he's satisfied ?) all i'm saying is, if you give him more milk he must get full eventually ? no ?

Renee - posted on 05/03/2009

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My daughter is now 6 and when she was around 6 weeks old she was eating somewhere close to 3 8oz bottles every 2 hours. her doctor told me it was ok to begin ceral in her bottle. again not alot just enough to thicken it. also remeber make the hole in the nipple bigger or go to the store and find the nipples that are cut like crosses or stars at the top.

Renee - posted on 05/03/2009

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My daughter is now 6 and when she was around 6 weeks old she was eating somewhere close to 3 8oz bottles every 2 hours. her doctor told me it was ok to begin ceral in her bottle. again not alot just enough to thicken it. also remeber make the hole in the nipple bigger or go to the store and find the nipples that are cut like crosses or stars at the top.

Morgan - posted on 05/03/2009

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i started mine at 3 weeks cuz he was taking a 9oz bottle every hour!!!! hes almost 8 months old and doing fine. myself and my brother were also started on cereal at 2 and 4 weeks and we have not issues whatsoever. do be aware though that if u do decide to start early their little bodies are espeically prone to constipation being younger. my doctor oked me giving him not only the cereal but a bottle of half baby apple juice and half water every day to counteract the constipation and it worked great. whatever u decide- good luck!

Morgan - posted on 05/03/2009

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i started mine at 3 weeks cuz he was taking a 9oz bottle every hour!!!! hes almost 8 months old and doing fine. myself and my brother were also started on cereal at 2 and 4 weeks and we have not issues whatsoever. do be aware though that if u do decide to start early their little bodies are espeically prone to constipation being younger. my doctor oked me giving him not only the cereal but a bottle of half baby apple juice and half water every day to counteract the constipation and it worked great. whatever u decide- good luck!

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As a nurse, I suggest you talk to your doctor to let him or her know what you are doing. However, it is safe. From the beginning rice cereal needed added to my son's formula and breast milk due to his reflux. For your situation, I would just feed on demand...it is a growth spurt. Good luck

Wendy - posted on 05/03/2009

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both my kids were on rice cereal about this time and they both survived. todays thinking is it is bad for their digestive system - nonsense!!. i also had solids early with no lasting problems.

you know your child better than anyone if they are hungry give it a try and dont let the "good mothers" of this universe make you feel bad for doing so. all the best love wendy

Gina - posted on 05/03/2009

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Have you talked to your doctor? From what I've read online, average intake is around 25-30 oz/day, and from your post it looks like your LO is eating 54-72 oz/day which seems like quite a lot. I think every doctor gives different advice mainly because no two people are exactly the same. Let your doc know how your feedings are going and see what s/he says.

Carole - posted on 05/03/2009

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I started both my babies on a teaspoon of pablum at night when they were 3 weeks old and they were sleeping through the night at 6 weeks. They slept from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am and they still drank alot during the day. Their weight was good and they were just fine. A little bit will coat their bellies. No one likes to go to sleep hungry, not even babies. I suggest you try it and possibly a bit in the morning.

Jessica - posted on 05/03/2009

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Also, yes some babies do, but babies that age are truly not meant to sleep through the night. That is why breastmilk is so easily digestible. Its all about survival.

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It depends on the child. My kids were all started on cereal {just a little to start} at 3 months old. You have to start little to make sure they can handle it first and don't increase to fast or you will bind up their bowels. Baby Cereal did wonders filling up their bellies and happy too. It helped them sleep through the night too.

Jessica - posted on 05/03/2009

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There is research that shows it is not OK! It increases the risk of diabetes and obesity later in life. Yes, some people will have the, oh I gave it to my baby when he/she was just a few weeks old and they slept better. . . but its not worth the risk! Your baby's health is not worth any risk in convenience, or sleeping better. Its most likely a growth spurt. Research it and then make your own decision.

Catherine - posted on 05/03/2009

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this idea is very dangerous my health visitor went mad about someone doing it near where i live

Catherine - posted on 05/03/2009

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as i breastfeed im not sure if sma white is the one for hungrier babies,if it is then i would give him just a very small amount ov baby rice. i gave my eldet baby rice at approx 8 wks and it worked a treat but my other 3 children managed to last till 4 months. your his mum and youll be able to tell if he needs solids in his dietx

Erin - posted on 05/03/2009

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around that age my son had the same issue and although i didnt want to put him on solid foods just yet what i did do was use a toothpick through the hole of the nipple in the bottle and added enough cereal to his formula to just thicken it a little bit and that seemed to work great. i didnt do it with every bottle feeding but doing it a few feedings a day seemed to fill him up and keep him satisfied. but all in all you are his mother and trust what you feel is the right thing to do for him.

Tamie - posted on 05/03/2009

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I agree with Siobhan. I asked my pediatrician and he said that their intestines are not developed until they are 4 months old so if you feed them cereal all you are doing is filling their stomachs to make them feel full. Just try to feed a little more formula until he gets through his growth spurt. Good luck!

Kathleen - posted on 05/03/2009

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Talk to your doctor before you do this. I use to add the rice to the formula are breast milk and of course have a nipple with bigger holes as it will be quite thicker, but make sure it does not come out to fast or easy.

Sophie - posted on 05/03/2009

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just feed him more when he wants it. my 12 week old girl is feeding every 2hours nearly 8 feeds a day. the health visitor said if you feed them food too soon then they could be prone to allergies and food intollerance.

Kersten - posted on 05/03/2009

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No too early for the digestive system. A normal nursing child will baby will eat more frequently but a little less. You can also give your baby a fourth of a teaspoon of flax oil. The oil will give a fuller feeling and is healthy for him. It won't cause him to be fat. Flax oil regulates fat. If you need more weight you will get it--If your baby has too much weight it will help him lose it. Works that way for Mom's too.

Kersten - posted on 05/03/2009

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No too early for the digestive system. A normal nursing child will baby will eat more frequently but a little less. You can also give your baby a fourth of a teaspoon of flax oil. The oil will give a fuller feeling and is healthy for him. It won't cause him to be fat. Flax oil regulates fat. If you need more weight you will get it--If your baby has too much weight it will help him lose it. Works that way for Mom's too.

Tiffany - posted on 05/03/2009

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I dont think there is anything wrong with giving the baby cereal...I gave both of my babies cereal by the time they were 4 weeks old, by spoon and in their bottle. They were sleeping throught the night by 2 months old! And now today they are 3 and almost 8 and they are perfectly fine and very healthy..So I think you should go for it!!!

Shannon - posted on 05/03/2009

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People are going to have a lot of opinions on this topic, and we are all told different by our doctors and dieticians. Being a dietician at one time myself, I do not agree with adding it to the bottles. I have seen it cause confusion for some babies, they soon start to expect all food to come through the bottle... yes I have had parents actually add jarred food to bottles...

Age wise, every child develops differently. My first was on solids at 12 weeks, she wanted to eat constantly, she was BF for 18 months, and even with food still was nursing at least 8 times a day at the time I started cereal.. BTW, she HATED rice.. only ate oatmeal. My son who is now 8 months, he started on cereal at 9 weeks . He is also BF, and when we started the cereal with him, he was nursing every hour on the hour all day and night and I wasn't sleeping! He now eats stage 3 foods and graduates 3 meals and snacks and still nurses atleast 6 times a day... he is over 22lbs and is 31 inches in length... so I guess he turned out fine.

Amanda - posted on 05/02/2009

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Quoting Deborah:



Quoting Melissa:

CEREAL + BOTTLE = Baby choking






thats what a spoon is for!  i put cereal in my childrens bottles and they didnt choke, as long as you dont make it too thick to suck thru the nipple they will be fine.






I started my baby on cereal just recently since my doctor told me it was time (he's 4 months and 2 weeks old) however she specifically told me NOT to put the cereal in the bottle and explained to me that no matter how thin you make it there is a choking hazard.  I only feed it to my son on a spoon.  Babies have choked and no matter how small the chance of choking is, I'm not going to feed it to my baby in the bottle

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Such a controversial topic hey! many Doctors and Pediatricians will tell you that rice cereal is safe to start at 3mths, even earlier under their advice.

WHO recommends that parents start their babies rice cereals/solids at 6 months due tot heir tummy's been immature and in the long run might hurt their tummy with allergies etc etc.



Fwiw, I did start my 1st child on rice cereal at 3mths of age die to my Doctors advice.She is now 6 and no allergies what so ever with a strong immune system.

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Just wanted to add. if you look at my profile picture. these are my two grand daughters. My daughter also went through this same issue..They wre and one still is breast fed. they were both on rice cereal at about 3 wks. The other issue about increasing the formula or breast milk is weight. And you can cuddle and bond with your baby even by spoon feeding.. they sense your emotions..JUst go by your baby's needs and again what they can handle..

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I know most doctors say wait until thare 6 mmonths for cereal..but I raised for kids now ages 18-26 yrs. When my first two were infants I had an older doctor.. He said A Baby knows when they are hungry.. Test your son on Rice cereal for his morning feedin , make it thin. Try a few bites.. to make sure he can handle it..My kids were on rice cereal at around 2 weeks to two months. depanding on their wants..for the first two weeks just do it in the morning.. after that follow the cereal with water or juice..Thaen I started giving them a small amount at night, following with a water bottle at bed time..My old Doctor. was the best one I ever had.. I felt a lot of these young doctors..didn't have any babies yet...but Its up to you and the Baby and what he can handle..

Debbie - posted on 05/02/2009

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Quoting Agnes:

A baby's bowels are not ready for the cereal at this young age. Look to the medical community rather than to people who will tell you that it will help them sleep through the night. I would rather sacrifice my sleep than my child's bowels. Regardless, both my boys were exclusively breastfed and sleeping through the the night by two months. They did not get cereal until the were a bit over 5 months old. You can sleep train your child without enlarging their tummy prematurely or ruining their intestines and bowels. Pick up Babywise and the Baby Whisperer. Both books will have your baby sleeping through the night by 9 weeks.



thats not exactly true,  My son was constipated really bad and since ive had him on cereal (started at about 4 weeks), he has not been constipated.  My first sons pediatrician told me to start cereal when he was 3 weeks old, i had to put a tablespoon per ounce in ALL his bottles due to GERD.  He is a healthy 14 year old now.

Amanda - posted on 05/02/2009

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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

Debbie - posted on 05/02/2009

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No, it isnt too early. My son is 8 weeks old and has been on cereal for a month. But feed it to him from a spoon, not in the bottle. When i mixed it n my sons bottle, he threw it up, i feed it to him from a spoon, he has to learn anyhow right? I now my son like his cereal mixed with a tad bit of sweet potatos. Gives it a bit of flavor.

Cheri - posted on 05/02/2009

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My baby boy had acid reflux really bad and I put rice in his formula when he was younger than that. A friend told me to do it, and the hospital told her to. There is no reason not to! It fills them up and your not using so much formula!!

Lisa - posted on 05/02/2009

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I started my daughter on rice cereal at about five weeks. I mixed it with her formula in the bottle, Dr browns bottles are good also b/c they sell different size nipples. She is now 7 months, not overweight, and no known allergies. I continue to add cereal to her bottles for her breakfast and last bottle of the night. She has slept straight through the night since she was two months old (wat a blessing).

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