my 3mo old wants to eat all the time

Shandy - posted on 04/05/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi my 3 mo. old wants to eat all the time, is she going through a growth spurt, or ready for cereal. I only breast feed, any help would be great.

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Allison - posted on 04/05/2009

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Keep in mind that the American Academy of Pediatrics changed their recommendation of starting cereal (or any solids) from 4-6 months to waiting completely until 6 months (the new recommendation started in October of 2006). Some pediatricians still go by the old recommendation, but the reason there was the big change was that evidence suggested babies starting solids before 6 months have a higher risk of food problems (allergies, diabetes, digestive disorders, etc.).

And when you do start solid foods, there is no reason to start with cereal. Cereals (grains) are difficult to digest, have little to no nutritional value, and are pretty tasteless. I really like http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/ for information on types of foods to start with and how to introduce them, plus fun recipes. There's also an article on why to wait until 6 months to start food (has to do with the gut not being sealed).

Exclusively breastfeeding on demand until 6 months, and then still feeding on demand thereafter, is a really good way to feed baby. Sometimes babies eat a lot more than other times - often when they hit a growth spurt. They also will nurse more often when they don't feel well, are teething, and are getting ready to hit a new developmental milestone (these things effect sleep as well, and babies are more likely to go from sleeping 4-6 hours to waking every 2 hours to nurse). Just follow her cues and she'll be fine :-)

Good luck!

Emily - posted on 04/05/2009

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My girls were eating like every hour and half when they were 3 mo old. It lasted about a wk to 10 days. Then they went back to their eating every 3 hr schedule. It was a growth spurt but at the time I was paranoid that I didn't have enough milk and that I had been starving them all along. It made me question everything I was doing then it ended. It is the baby's way to increasing your mild to meet her need. It will be over soon.

Charlene - posted on 04/06/2009

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Hi Shandy! I want to beg you, please please please try to prolong solids till 6 months. It might feel to you as if your little girl is hungry all the time but its actually normal! For a baby to want to drink every hour and a half to two hours is very normal! This time passes so quickly! Believe me!

Emily - posted on 04/06/2009

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Sounds like a growth spurt. Speak with your doctor about giving them rice cereal because it may be too early. I breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months. Due to this, my pediatrician did not have me add rice cereal to pumped milk. However if I fed my son formula, then she would have begun cereal somewhere between 4-6 months.

Yumi - posted on 04/06/2009

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you can give her breast whenever she wants. breast is ok to give baby all the time.



formula can stay stomach but breast doesnt stay for a long time... and 3months is growth spurt time.

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Shandy - posted on 04/06/2009

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I don't know about the solids, her dr. gave the ok to start. but like most of you say, don't start cereal yet. my 2 yr.old has BM issues. maybe thats why. I'll hold off thanks so much!

Elis - posted on 04/05/2009

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My baby is two and a half and I noticed the same thing recently. He wants to nurse constantly. I worry because I am going back to work soon and he will have to drink from a bottle. I am afraid his caretaker will be totally confused with his hectic eating patters. My lactation consultant said it could be a growth sprout. I also noticed he is not napping as often as he used to. Anyway, I don't thnk your baby is ready for cereal yet.

Cynthia - posted on 04/05/2009

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growth spurt most likely, could be the start of teething. Offer toys to chew on and see if that satisfies the chewing. If it doens't work simply nurse away. When they are that new it usually feels great for them to nurse as it feels like what they usually do to ease themselves..eat as it is the same action as teething. good luck.

Shandy - posted on 04/05/2009

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thanks ladies, I figured it was a growth spurt. I will check with the Dr. brfore starting cereal.

Amy - posted on 04/05/2009

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Babies typically go through a growth spurt around the 3 month mark. It should only last a few days, but during that time she'll definitely want to nurse a lot. My doctor doesn't recommend anything other than breast milk or formula before 4 months (at the earliest) so I would say talk to your doctor before introducing cereal. Good luck!

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