Switching cereal from bottle to bowl?

Frenchwendy - posted on 02/15/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3 months and 1 week. Since she was 7 weeks the doctor recommended that we add rice cereal to her bottle for reflux(she is also on Zantac twice a day). The funny thing is that I can count on one hand the amount of times she has spit up since the day she was born. For a week straight she vomited her entire bottle up every feeding. They did an upper GI and it was normal. I think they had no idea so said she had reflux. My question is how do I go from giving her cereal in her bottle to switiching her to taking it from a spoon. I only use one formula scoop of rice cereal for a 5oz bottle of ready to feed soy formula. I am scared that she will reject the formula only bottle after getting used to the thicker version with the cereal. I'm a first time mom and have no clue! :)

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Sam - posted on 02/15/2012

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No problem hun. Yes, I put the same amount for the night feedings as I had done the day feedings before I lowered them. Just make a little bit of the cereal make sure it is really mushy and just try to feed her as much as needed to make her full or if she gets tired from chewing and all that then stop it is really all up to your daughter. It took my son maybe two times of trying to feed him with a spoon until he got the hang of it and just wanted to eat constantly.

Frenchwendy - posted on 02/15/2012

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Thank you for replying. When you did the cereal at night did you put the same amount you did before lowering the amount for day feedings? Also how much do you suggest I start with till she gets the hang of things?

Sam - posted on 02/15/2012

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I started feeding my son (who is now 10 months old) oatmeal and rice in his bottle at 4 1/2 weeks old because he wasnt getting enought to eat and I had stopped producing. He loved it but spit up more too. But it still wasnt enought 3 weeks later. I kept feeding him cereal in his bottle for the first week and started working with him to eat from a spoon, he took it extremely well. after that first week (I put less and less cereal in his bottle throughout the week) but after that first week I stopped putting cereal in his bottle except for at night so he would have a nice full belly for bed. He did extremely well with it all.



-Sam

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