my baby is 3months old and she weighs 12 lbs 3oz....

Liz - posted on 04/15/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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she always seems hungry after a bottle even when shes eats 6- 8 oz a bottle...is it time for rice cereal?

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Amanda - posted on 04/17/2009

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Lily is now 5 months old, but when she was two and three months old she would always seem to be hungry after she ate, or would want to eat after an hour or so. I was so worried about it bacause I thought she was gaining too much weight and that I was feeding her too much. I asked my pediatrician about this and he said that a lot of babies have baby acid reflux. He explained it in detail with a drawing and everything which really helped. What happens is that the baby drinks the milk and it goes into her stomach. There is a little "flap" which keep the milk in her stomach and doesn't allow it to go back up (for everyone other than babies anyways). Babies' "flaps" are immature and can sometimes open which cause the milk to come back up (hence the spit-up and throwing up at times). This is uncomfortable for babies because it is mixed with stomach acid, etc. These "flaps" do not mature completely until 4-6 months, but can take until 15 months. The only thing that really soothes this discomfort is for the baby to eat again and get all of that milk back down. If she eats too much, too often, her little stomach is NEVER empty and she probably feels discomfort which is only remedied by drinking more milk. He also said to try feeding at least 1 oz less every feeding and wait 2 1/2-3 hours to feed again. It takes 2 1/2 to 3 hours for your baby's stomach to empty! Burp them often, and put them in an upright position for 40 or so minutes after eating. I know it's hard when they go right to sleep, but prop her head up on a pillow (I know they say not to but this is the only thing that helped the excessive over eating and discomfort for her!!) He said the symptoms are: fussiness, irritability, nocturnal couching, gagging, frequent sneezing, loud rattling chest congestion, diarrhea or loose stools. I don't know if your baby has this, but if so, this will really help you.



I wouldn't feel her rice because the digestive system of babies is not fully developed unitl 6 months of age. I know a lot of women will say they fed their babies rice at two or three months, etc., but you shouldn't unless there's nothing else you can do!

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Carla - posted on 04/19/2009

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shes around the right age just fiddle with the portion size just because it says on the box 2 to 3 spoon fulls doesnt mean u have to give her that much a small amount will more than likely satisfy her

Adrienne - posted on 04/19/2009

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For both of our boys we started them around 4 months when the doctor said it was ok to start because they were giving all signs that they were ready. Check with your doctor.

My friends son sounded a lot like your daughter who is very cute by the way! But their son would eat 10 oz bottles all the time. My youngest son who is now going to be 10 months use to be able to eat up to 10oz bottles sometimes especially when going through a growth stage! Good Luck!

Amanda - posted on 04/18/2009

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Try the heavier milk first, but if shes still hungry... give her rice... Our son started solids at 4 months... milk wasnt satisfying him anymore...

Sabrina - posted on 04/17/2009

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I started my son on cereal at 2 months due to acid reflux. It was the only way to keep food in his belly. Ask your ped before you do anything though. And as far as water goes, also ask your ped and research water intoxication. To much water for babies can kill them. Awhile back ago there was a woman who was formula feeding her baby and would put a little less formula then required to save money. And her baby died from water intoxication. Its not very common but it is possible. A little water may be fine but I wouldn't give that much. But I'm not a doctor so I'm only going by what I hear so don't take my word for it. If you have questions always ask your ped.



My son was 8lbs 13oz at birth, was 12lbs 6oz at 2 months and was 16lbs 10oz at his 4 month check up. Weight isn't always a good reason to start cereal. Like I said I only started it because he had reflux and would throw everything back up. The cereal only made it thick enough to stay in his tummy.

Sarah - posted on 04/17/2009

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The general rule of thumb - at least from what I've read in most baby books - is to start pablum between 5-6 months. So 3 months sounds pretty early to me. But..then again...every baby is different. So I would ask your baby's doctor. They, I'm assuming, have been taking care of your daughter since birth and would know her needs best. See what her doctor suggests :).

Deidre - posted on 04/16/2009

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12lbs at 3mo sounds normal to me :) At least with my baby lol. My daughter weighed 7lbs 13oz at birth, almost 9lbs at 2wks, 12lbs something at 2mo, 16lbs at 4mo, 20lbs at 6mo, 24lbs at 9mo.

I started giving her rice cereal after 4mo old and started on other baby foods after 5mo. If you don't use a paci you may want to try one as your daughter could just be really wanting to suck for comfort, not necessarily hungry. It will be best to talk to your ped though as they know your baby's history and so forth :)

April - posted on 04/16/2009

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I would not give her any solid foods yet. Babies do not have an adequate gag reflex yet so that if something goes down there throat without that reflex, it could end up in the lungs and cause complications. Solids should not be started before 4-6 months. How much did she weigh at birth? Babies typically are double their birth weight by 5-6months so as long as she is within that range i wouldn't worry. Babies go through growth spurts which is probably what she is experiencing. Feed her on demand as much as she wants and it will probably settle down within a week.

Jennifer - posted on 04/16/2009

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3 months is way to early to be giving your baby anything but milk and maybe some water i really don't think its recomended. Your baby may be thirsty so try giving her some water, this might also help to fill her up with out having to given more milk,don't let her get greedy. If she doesn't already suck a dummy you could try this.



Would this be the normal way your baby feeds or is this something recent, she could be going through a growth spurt so she would need more, sometimes you cant get anything into them and the next you can;t fill them.

Abby - posted on 04/16/2009

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maybe give a small bottle of water with the rice if it does cause constipation, will help quench her thirst too and get her used to drinking water too. x

Joy - posted on 04/15/2009

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Oh yeah, it can cause constipation, so I would be careful with how much you give her if you choose to do so.

Joy - posted on 04/15/2009

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I started my daughter on rice cereal around 3 months old and it was with the pediatrician's approval. My little girl was very small for her age so I added the cereal straight to the bottle. I've been told not to do that but it's the only thing that kept weight on her.

My sister in law also started her two girls on rice cereal around three months. None of three girls have developed allergies.

Emily - posted on 04/15/2009

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My oldest was nearly 20 lbs at her 4 month checkup. She was breastfed and didn't start solids til 6 months. Size is not a good indicator of when to start solids. You can't tell how developed their kidneys or digestive tract is so it is best just to wait. Does she take a pacifier? Some babies like the comfort sucking. I occasionally babysit a baby who is pretty big and gets really mad at the end of his 8 oz bottle. I always assume he's still hungry and make another bottle. He will only eat about an oz of it so I've usually wasted about 4 oz of formula. Three months is also prime time for a growth spurt so I wouldn't imagine she's going to start eating less within the next few weeks.

Abby - posted on 04/15/2009

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had exactly the same prob with our son, altho he weighed a bit less. on the say so of a h/v we started giving him a spoonful of baby rice first thing. my son was fully weaned by 16weeks and is now 8.5 months and will eat ANYTHING!!!

Rachel - posted on 04/15/2009

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p.s.- my doctor also said water is usually not a thing babies need at this age...but again you should ask him because some babies need a little

Rachel - posted on 04/15/2009

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I have been told my many doctors and parenting books that putting rice cereal in bottles is a big no-no now.  Rice cereal is not a huge calorie or fat intake so there's not a big purpose in sticking it in there. Also, most doctors wait until 4 to 6 months to introduce solids. I was told my daughter needed to have fairly good head control before introducing solids. She started cereal this week at a little over 4 months. She weighs 20 pounds, but the doctor is okay with that because she is exclusively breastfed and only eats every 3 to 4 hours....she always seems satisifed and all. But I would for sure just ask the doc what he says. Always best to do that before introducing stuff, especially cuz of allergies.

Kelly - posted on 04/15/2009

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when my daughter was 2 months old she weighed 12 pounds and it seemed that her bottle wasnt always satisfying her....at her 2 month check up we asked her doctor and her doctor said to wait until she was three onths old...everything i have read also says three months is about the time to start children on rice cereal....i think it would be okay now but ask your doctor just in case

Amanda - posted on 04/15/2009

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I have a 2 year old and a 2 month old at home. When my son was young my doctor said to wait till he was 4 months to try rice cereal. Babies can develop allergies if you introduce cereal too quickly. I would just increase the amount of formula. If she spits up you know she has had too much. My daughter is always "eating" her hands...at this age she is just exploring. Usually if I just give her a plug she is happy again.

Cheron - posted on 04/15/2009

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My son was ALWAYS hungry...after asking the doctor we started putting cereal into his bottles to make it "heavier" on his stomach. Now he's 3 LOVES to eat everything and weighs over 40 lbs (although no worries Drs say he is TOTALLY healthy) he's also over 40 inches tall...

Julie - posted on 04/15/2009

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Have you tried the extra hungry version of the milk you are using ? my little 4 month old was constantly hungry so i tried the hungrier version and it seems to be working so far... he even sleeps through the night now and wakes up at 6.30am :)

Valerie - posted on 04/15/2009

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I wouldn't giver her any until you ask her doctor first. Sometimes when you give them cereal early they can develope allergies. Maybe she just likes to suck. Try a pacifier after her bottles.

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