prem baby is 4months but4docs he is 3 shoud i start feedin him baby food or wait?

Daysi - posted on 11/23/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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my son is 4 months but 3 technically he used to take bottles but he stoped takin it an he refuses even more now. i started him on fruits he loves it but he only gets that only in the morning. after every breastfeed his belly makes noise still and not sure whether to start him on baby food........for 2 weeks he didnt put any weight either an am not sure whether breast milk is enough for him, doctors say i should wait till 6 months which i think is not right if he is only taking breastmilk...has anyone has any of this problems before???

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Daysi - posted on 11/24/2009

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docotors told me he is fine even for his age he was big he was a 6lb80oz his doing very well, i spoke to the peadiatrician about the frutis an they told me that that is a good idea an i should give him bits he is not attached to the boob he is not attached he drinks and then thats it but still his belly makes noise like hunger noise thats why i started him on the fruits an everytime i give him that an the pap he is happy an goes to sleep and wakes up the only think i only give to him between 10-12!! thanks for the advice!!

Caryn - posted on 11/24/2009

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You need to go by his due-date age on things liek this. He is probably no where near ready for anything other than breastmillk or formula. Wait as close as you can to 6months (gestational age!) to give him ANYTHING else. Stop giving him the fruits, it is NOT a good idea to give him those right now. When you do start with food you need to start ONLY with PLAIN infant cereal and once he is used to that start on stage 1 vegetables THEN move on to fruits.
Because your son is a preemie you have GOT to do as your dr advises. He is going to be behind other babies his birth age and probably behind other babies his gestational age.
I 110% agree with Sara on this one. Even if he seems like he is attached to the boob all day keep it going. He gets everything he needs from that and by you giving him more of other things you are just compromising his already weak health.

Daysi - posted on 11/24/2009

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i am breastfeedin him but he doesnt breastfeed for long. i started givin him fruits like orange juice and the paps and he takes it very well he likes the fruits! but thank you so much with ur comments it has helped me a lot!!

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The AAP, the WHO and La Leche League recommend waiting until 6 months. Your breastmilk is the best stuff for your baby. The reason it's recommended to wait is because his tummy may not be ready to digest solids and since he was a preemie it may take even longer for his digestive system to mature. Starting solids does not intially increase calories especially rice cereal because it has no nutritional value. If you're feeding on demand and not limiting his time on the breast then he should be good to go until 6 months (or more). My daughter is 6 1/2 months and has only has breastmilk.

Candice - posted on 11/23/2009

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You just have to do what you think is right for your child. At three months I started watered down cereal for my son (and milk of course), after a month i introduced pureed fruits mixed in with cereal, after a month of that he was ready for stage one baby foods. The main factor in starting you child on food or cereal is to make sure that they get the hang of swallowing and later on chewing, if your child can master those things then I'm sure there won't be a problem in starting solids.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/23/2009

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I would wait until the 6 month mark. my doctor told me its because the intestines dont break the food down properly yet before then and its also because whether its breask milk or formula the baby is getting everything they need for nutrients already!

Jamie - posted on 11/23/2009

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my daughter was not a premie, but at 2 1/2 months old she was drinking 8 ounce bottles and still wanted more, her doctor told me not to start rice cereal until at least 4 months, but she was always so hungry, i gave it to her anyways a little bit before 3 months, she is almost 4 months now and has been getting rice cereal twice a day, first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. shes doing fine on it, and is much happier!

Daysi - posted on 11/23/2009

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thanks!! they said i should wait till 6 months so that he dont have any allergies but i eat everythin an when he comes near me he dont have any allergic reaction to anything also i started with banana pap an he enjoys it an when he eats that i think he sleeps better and wont throw up as much....its hard because everytime i feed him his belly always makes noise thorught the night an the morning even after breastfeeding him...but when i give him food it stops ans thats what bugs me the most its like my milk is not enough for him anymore

Emily - posted on 11/23/2009

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I have not had this problem but I just wanted to mention a couple of things. I was always told to wait 6 months as well. You may want to ask his doctor exactly why you should wait. They tend to tell us things without giving us any reasons behind them. Also, to make it easier in the future, start with veggies and veggies only for a few weeks. You want him to build a taste for those first because soon he will realize that he has options other that veggies and give you a hard time about it! Good luck!

Jamie - posted on 11/23/2009

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I was a premee by a 2 1/2 weeks. My mother had the same issues with me. If I were u, I would try giving him baby rice cereal. No more than once a day though. Make sure its really soupy, so add some breast milk to it. Also, u shouldn't give him more than 1 table spoon. In a few weeks, after hes really taking it in, you can add another half of a table spoon of cereal. But if u notice any changes u should stop. Like, he may become really gassy, or if hes vomiting. Just do what u think is best. Good luck!

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