ma baby boy who 4months old is eatin every hour

Pilasi - posted on 06/05/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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i can't get him too wait any longer then that i've tryed givin him more but nothin he has too eat every hour. is that ok??

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Guggie - posted on 06/05/2009

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wow there is such a push for cereal...it is bland, nutritionless paste filled with toxins and chemicals.



at least try something tasty and healthy, along with lots of good fats like avacado or sweet potato.



4 months is exactly on time for cluster-feeding. he is probably going through a growth spurt.



Also, if you are feeding him formula he may be thirsty. I would try offering a few sips of water before feeding the formula.

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Natasha - posted on 06/07/2009

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Quoting Pilasi:

both more formula tho, and no not yet they told me not till his 6months.


wow finally someone told the same thing as me.  I was told give cereal before 6 months can give them digestive problems.  I waited till 6 months with my first and plan on doing it again for my second.  And i heard that its just a myth that cereal will fill them up and make them sleep longer.  So I think you sould just keep doing what you are doing.  You baby could just be growing.  My son eats alot when hes growing and slows down a little when hes not.

Zoe - posted on 06/07/2009

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he may be getting ready to ween ? try giving him some baby rice with his morning bottle and seein if this works our son was wanting every 2 hours but is now on 4 hourly bottles during day and sleeps 14 hours at night since he was weened . also is you mention it to your health visitor she may be able to help you x x x

Cassie - posted on 06/07/2009

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my little girl was the same they told me to stop brestfeeding and just go with the formula and you can get cereal for 4mths and up so try giving him some of that and if that still doesnt work try changing formulas cos some are thicker than others

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I think the rice cereal thing is pretty confusing because some babies need it for medical reasons - reflux can be awful, and any downside to the cereal is far outweighed by the benefit of helping baby keep everything from coming back up. But I think that a lot of the other moms have posted some good info on why most babies shouldn't get it so early. This is definitely the type of thing to discuss with the doctor before making decisions though.

User - posted on 06/06/2009

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Huh, the whole rice cereal is pretty confusing i agree. Some doctors say it's fine, some say stay away from it till they are 4 months, i dont know what to believe either. All i know is my son's doctor told me that the similac sensitive RS and the actual rice cereal are completly two different things! She asurred me that this was completly safe for my son and that and that his tummy would be able to handle it. Every baby is different and every mom and doctor are going to have there own opion on what right and whats wrong. So out of everyones responses, i would just do what you feel you are comfortable with. If you really like you son's doctor and trust her, just ask her what her opnion is on cereal or the formula SS- RS. see what she says. That is what i did, because i did hear a lot of yes's and no's on rice cereal. Thats why i just went with the formula i did! Good luck!!

Nicole - posted on 06/06/2009

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"“Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital Boston, a specialist in pediatric nutrition, says some studies suggest rice and other highly processed grain cereals actually could be among the worst foods for infants.







"These foods are in a certain sense no different from adding sugar to formula. They digest very rapidly in the body into sugar, raising blood sugar and insulin levels" and could contribute to later health problems, including obesity, he says.”



Then why are we feeding babys rice cereal? if its proven to be harmful in the end then why are we letting our little ones eat rice cereal so young??



Im pretty confused on this now.

Stephanie - posted on 06/06/2009

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I started my 1st on cereal at 3 weeks and it worked wonders! My 2nd started cereal at about 4 wks because it helped w/ his spitting up. But w/ the 2nd we did it in his bottle and then he would not take a bottle unless it had cereal! My 3rd started cereal at about 2 1/2 months! Is he having any signs of a tummy ache? My in laws have always said if the baby has a tummy avhe they will act hungury.

User - posted on 06/06/2009

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My 11 week old son was the same way. We finally put him on Similac Sensitive RS. It has cereal in the formula. That is what his doctor recommended for him. It fills him up MUCH better and helps with the spit up. He was spitting up really bad. You could give it a try. It might fill his tummy more! Good luck!

Guggie - posted on 06/06/2009

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Quoting Frances:



Quoting Guggie:




Quoting Katie:

just a suggestion, but my son was that way too. i know they say to wait, but if you put just a little bit of rice cereal in one of his bottles, it will start helping him fill up more often. i did that when i was breast feeding because my son wanted to eat 2x an hour every hour or so.....








did you know that is a myth that has been debunked?










I don't understand how that is a myth, because every mom that I know that has done it, it has helped to fill the child up a little more, I've even done it with my son and It did help alot, it may not function on every child but it does help with some.






Babies have very specific growth and sleep patterns that change at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks etc. It is likely possible that by the time you added cereal to his diet he was already changing into a different sleep pattern.



Obviously, the reason for having a doctor is to have expert advice. When I take my daughter to her doctor, I want to feel confident that he knows what is best. So when you find out that your doctor doesn't even know basic stuff like when and how to feed your baby, start shopping for a new doctor.



 





 



“Sleep patterns are developmental phenomenon, they don't have much to do with hunger patterns. Kids wake up hungry, but they don't wake up because they are hungry.”



 





 



“Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital Boston, a specialist in pediatric nutrition, says some studies suggest rice and other highly processed grain cereals actually could be among the worst foods for infants.



"These foods are in a certain sense no different from adding sugar to formula. They digest very rapidly in the body into sugar, raising blood sugar and insulin levels" and could contribute to later health problems, including obesity, he says.”



 





 



“MYTH No. 1: Feeding your baby more milk at night or putting cereal in her bottle will help her sleep longer.



TRUTH: In studies, babies fed rice cereal in their bottle slept no better or longer than those who didn't, reports pediatrician William Sears, MD, author of The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night's Rest for the Whole Family (Little Brown, 2005). In fact, a common cause of night waking is indigestion. "If you put babies to bed with a too-full tummy, they're going to feel bloated and gassy and sleep poorly," Dr. Sears says.



BETTER BET: Try adding extra feedings during the late afternoon and early evening. Your goal is still to feed "on cue," but more nourishment during the day can gently encourage better sleep at night.”



 





























 









 

Frances - posted on 06/05/2009

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I think I'll look that up, thnxs 4 not giving an attitude about it like some people do.

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Quoting Frances:



Quoting Guggie:




Quoting Katie:

just a suggestion, but my son was that way too. i know they say to wait, but if you put just a little bit of rice cereal in one of his bottles, it will start helping him fill up more often. i did that when i was breast feeding because my son wanted to eat 2x an hour every hour or so.....








did you know that is a myth that has been debunked?










I don't understand how that is a myth, because every mom that I know that has done it, it has helped to fill the child up a little more, I've even done it with my son and It did help alot, it may not function on every child but it does help with some.





Lot of people believe it - I know my mom swore to me that it worked - but it has been studied and found not to be true. Babies often aren't waking because of hunger, but because they typically have shorter sleep cycles. Here's one of the studies on it:



http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26727...



If you just search for "infant sleep myths" in a search engine, you'll find lots written about it.

Frances - posted on 06/05/2009

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Quoting Guggie:



Quoting Katie:

just a suggestion, but my son was that way too. i know they say to wait, but if you put just a little bit of rice cereal in one of his bottles, it will start helping him fill up more often. i did that when i was breast feeding because my son wanted to eat 2x an hour every hour or so.....






did you know that is a myth that has been debunked?






I don't understand how that is a myth, because every mom that I know that has done it, it has helped to fill the child up a little more, I've even done it with my son and It did help alot, it may not function on every child but it does help with some.

Guggie - posted on 06/05/2009

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Quoting Katie:

just a suggestion, but my son was that way too. i know they say to wait, but if you put just a little bit of rice cereal in one of his bottles, it will start helping him fill up more often. i did that when i was breast feeding because my son wanted to eat 2x an hour every hour or so.....



did you know that is a myth that has been debunked?

Katie - posted on 06/05/2009

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just a suggestion, but my son was that way too. i know they say to wait, but if you put just a little bit of rice cereal in one of his bottles, it will start helping him fill up more often. i did that when i was breast feeding because my son wanted to eat 2x an hour every hour or so.....

Jennifer - posted on 06/05/2009

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Feed that baby some rice cereal!!!! Every doctor is different and if he doesn't have any health problems, feed him cereal! My son is about to turn 3 months and I just started feeding him cereal...he needs it! Every baby is different, just like every adult!

Jammie - posted on 06/05/2009

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yes it is okay cause he has to eat how much is he eating when he eats like that

Idah - posted on 06/05/2009

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I started giving my daughter solids when she was 3 months old. She used to breastfeed all the time, which meant the milk is not enough. Kids are different, my doctor was ok with it..She is 8 months old and she doesn't eat baby food anymore, she hates it. We eat together. Give him cereal and the beginner food, see what he likes, fruits, vegs and more.

Reyna - posted on 06/05/2009

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try feeding cereal or even maybe hes "bored" so hes asking for attention try just plan water in a very slow release bottel. it may keep his mind off of just being hungary. my daughter ate and ate, i started subbing in water she didnt like it but i knew there was no way that girl was hungery sometimes after half hour of feeding. I don;t know give it a try it may work for ya! Good Luck!

Samantha - posted on 06/05/2009

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My doc said to wait till my son was around 4 months to start cereal but when he was around 3 months he just seemed so hungry and we were feeding him 8oz bottle at every feeding. So I tried giving him some cereal and he loved it. He didn't spit it back up so I kept giving it to him. I would suggest trying to give him a little cereal, if he isn't ready for it you will know it because he will spit it back up. Also, by 4 months I had started my son on small amounts of fruit mixed in with his cereal. He eats approx every 4 hours and then he goes down for the night by 9pm and sleeps through the night until 6-630am.

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Did he just start this recently? He's probably going through a growth spurt - he should be due for one around 4 months. It should last a few days and then go back to normal. I know for a BF baby, you can feed on demand through the growth spurts, so I imagine you can do the same with a BF/formula combo.

Heather - posted on 06/05/2009

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My son had the same issue. I started him on rice cereal at 4 months. But only a tablespoon or 2 once in the morning and once at night, along with his usual amount of formula. My Ped told me 6 months too...but once I told him my sons feeding habits he said to start the cereal.

Amanda - posted on 06/05/2009

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My doctor told me that it was okay to introduce baby cereal between 4-6 months. So when my babies got to the point that they were wanting to eat that often I added a little baby cereal to their diet. That helped with spreading there feeding's out a little bit longer.

Kathleen - posted on 06/05/2009

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My son who is 1yr old was formula fed, he got lazy with his issues when he was born to breastfeed. However, at 3.5m-4m i had started him on cereal. Doc said it was ok so we did, he didn't eat as often. THat might help.

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