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Erin - posted on 11/13/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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my husband told me tonight that he thinks i started our daughter on cereal to soon she is three and a half months old and has only been eating it for a week now. he said he thinks shes put on weight and its from the cereal. i only give her a couple tablespoons at night to get her vitamins in her without causing her to have an upset stomach. she is exclusively breastfeed thats why the vitamins and they are really disgusting i tried them and they make her throw up if i give them to her straight from the dropper. help need advice suggestions anything. he really affended me with his comment tonight.

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Suzi - posted on 11/21/2009

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I don't understand this whole vitamin thing...it is an internationally known fact that exclusively breast feeding is the best start for your baby and if you aren't producing enough nutrients You should be taking supplements not the baby...considering the baby gets everything you eat and drink i dont see why you should upset their tummies when they can get it from you in your milk...I'm noy knocking anyone i jusy truly cannot understand how some doctors come up with this stuff.
In Australia we are also advised not to start any solids until they are 6 months because their digestive systems aren't developed enough to cope with it....unless they aren't putting on enough weight but with the rise in obesity these days it's probably best not to...

Marsha - posted on 11/19/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

thanks alot for your quick reply. my sons weight gain etc is ok (was born a week late by emergency c-sect), but if you play with him normally, like bounce him up and down, jiggle on knees, (even ages after a feed) he vomits a fair bit. i have changed his formula a few times and he's now on a Heinz formula and he seems to be keeping a lot more of his bottles down now than he was, but even an hour or more after feeds he can still vomit......howw much cereal do u give your daughter? do u put it in her bottle?Thanks. xox


My daughter does that too, like an hour and a half after she eats she'll spit up.  But it's not as extreme as it used to be.  I put her cereal in a bottle with a cereal nipple.  I just add cereal till it's kinda thick, I don't measure it out.  If I make it too thick then I just add some water to thin it out.

Marsha - posted on 11/19/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

hi just a quick question to marsha, does the cereal help with the reflux? my boy has reflux and the dr says not bad enough for medication so i was just wondering about the cereal?? Thanks, look forward to your reply.


I seemed to help her with the spitting up, she would basically end up spitting up her whole bottle, not all at once but shortly after.  So I would have to say it has helped her plus at her last check up she is where she's supposed to be on her growth so I think it helped that too.  Because she was born 3 1/2 weeks early and she used to spit up A LOT!  She's on medicine too which I'm not too convinced really helps.  Hope this helps you, good luck.

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Kerrie - posted on 11/28/2009

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i wouldn't worry about it being too soon,i started my son one week b 4 his 4mnth anniversary and he loved the cereal...i think they need the extra something in their formula to keep them going and only gets better from here, because next is fruits and so on.....

Kaila - posted on 11/24/2009

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My son is a micro preemie born at 24 weeks 1lb 9oz is now 4months old 6lb 13oz. He is on breastmilk with added formula, liquid iron, liquid Vita D, and cereal (1tsp evry 2oz). The vitamins cause he needs extra to catch up to all your BIGGER 4month olds :) and the formula for calories, and the cereal is for his reflux....

Mysha - posted on 11/23/2009

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erin, i also have been mixing rice cereal with my son's bottles because he never seemed to be satisfied with the breast milk and would wake up every two hours because he was hungry, but after i mixed a couple of tablespoons in his bottles he began to sleep longer and seem more refreshed in the morning, i think as long as your baby is healthy and doing well and the cereal isnt hurting her that is what should count and matter most

Mysha - posted on 11/23/2009

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sarah and suzi, my son's pediatrician said that even though breast milk is full of vitamins needed for growth and a healthy immune system we as mothers do not pass vitamin d through our breastmilk which is a very vital vitamin for people of all ages especially babies and because we don't pass that vitamin d a vitamin supplement is needed so our babies arent missing out on something crucial, i found that mixing the dose of vitamin in a pumped bottle of breastmilk helped to get it down better than giving directly from the dropper, this information may be questionable because breastmilk is supposed to be the best thing but the real question is if this is the best thing for my baby why shouldn't i do it....jus a thought

Sarah - posted on 11/21/2009

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suzi, i have to wholeheartedly agree with u, i don't understand the having to give baby vitamins either, like u i'm not having a go at anyone or anything.

Marsha - posted on 11/19/2009

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Each doctor is different and so is every parent. I started all of my kids early on cereal and none of them were ever overweight, in fact they were all in the 25 percentile for the weight. There's really no right or wrong answer here, basically you just have to make the call yourself because it's your child.

Katelyn - posted on 11/19/2009

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My doctor told me at if my child was doing well with the formula then there was no need to start the cereal just yet. Cereal can cause overweight babies.

Sarah - posted on 11/19/2009

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thanks alot for your quick reply. my sons weight gain etc is ok (was born a week late by emergency c-sect), but if you play with him normally, like bounce him up and down, jiggle on knees, (even ages after a feed) he vomits a fair bit. i have changed his formula a few times and he's now on a Heinz formula and he seems to be keeping a lot more of his bottles down now than he was, but even an hour or more after feeds he can still vomit......howw much cereal do u give your daughter? do u put it in her bottle?Thanks. xox

Sarah - posted on 11/19/2009

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hi just a quick question to marsha, does the cereal help with the reflux? my boy has reflux and the dr says not bad enough for medication so i was just wondering about the cereal?? Thanks, look forward to your reply.

Marsha - posted on 11/19/2009

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There is nothing wrong with starting her on cereal. I started my daughter on cereal at around 1 month old because she has reflux and the doctor said that might help her keep her bottles down more and have less spit up. I still give her cereal every night before she goes to bed and she sleeps through the night till about 6am or 7am. She just turned 4 months old and has been sleeping through the night since around 1 1/2 months old.

Rebecca - posted on 11/19/2009

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hey erin, i also breastfeed my daughter and she jus turn 4 months old. she is one of the lucky ones that takes her vitmains n dont give me any problems with it. The reason for the vitmains n it is a need that she gets it everyday is because breastmilk does give u more vitmains then formula but some vitmains that formula offers breastmilk doesnt offer enough of so doctors give breastfeeding mother a mulitvitmain to help with that situation. U should continue to give it to ur daughter everyday because she can get sick from not have enough of the vitmains that she needs and vitmain d is one of the main vitmains they say to give the baby.



when i first started giving my baby the vitmains i will pump my breastmilk and mix the vitmains in there. Most medicine that u give babies i think u can mix it in anything so u can try that if u want. if that doesnt help mix it in the formula if u only give it to her at night but she needs to get it because if u only give her one formula at night she still not gettin enough vitmains that she needs.



Me personally dont think there is anything wrong in feeding the baby cereal at night. The good thing about it is as they get older they do need a lil bit more food to hold them through the night so they dont get up for feedings early in the morning r they will get up less for feedings. When u do give them cereal u still need to give them the formula because that is where they get there vitmains from. I do this at night for my daughter give her 4oz bottle of formula and about 2 teaspoons of cereal. that usually holds her at night. if it doesnt i give her more formula and lil bit more cereal.



P.s. As u already know breastmilk do give the baby more vitmains then formula but there r a few vitmains that is in formula that gives u more of that vitmain then breastmilk. Example A, B and D. That is why a mulitivitmain is giving to babies everyday so they wont lack in the vitmain that they need to help them grow. Breastmilk to my opinion is still better then formula because they help protect them and build there brain up more then formula.

Erin - posted on 11/14/2009

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the pediatrician wrote her the prescription they are polyvitamins infants drops. the dr. told me that after so long an infants iron and zinc leavels drop and that we dont supply them enough in our breastmilk and that she wanted her to take them. i tried for weeks to give them to her from a dropper but the flavor is AWEFUL and they upset her stomach. i stopped giving them for a couple weeks put the dr. said that with flu season they would give her extra protection.(i dont know that i agree since breastmilk is suppose to help boost her immune system)

Sarah - posted on 11/14/2009

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hi erin, i'm just wondering why, if your daughter is exclusively breastfed that you need to give her extra vitamins?? Breastmilk contains EVERYTHING a baby needs including vitamins & minerals they need to grow. did someone recommend or say your baby needed extra vitamins?

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