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i need help please no bashing

my son is 3 months old i have already started him on cerel they pid said to cause he has acid reflux an they dont wanna give him any meds for it cause he is on a lot of meds for his congestive heart failure yester day i started him on baby food is it to soon to take him off a bottle and just feed him with a spoon i have to give him rice in every bottle so isnt the bottle pointless now

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mom-to-be21

Asked by mom-to-be21 at 12:09 PM on Feb. 13, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • he needs his formula until he is a year to help devolop right and get the proper nutrients!! so don't take that away.
    krazyash023

    Answer by krazyash023 at 12:10 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • He still needs the nutrients from the formula, so I'd continue to give it to him. Also, sucking is a relaxing thing for babies, so you don't want to do away with it just yet.
    TheDiva320

    Answer by TheDiva320 at 12:11 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • I don't understand the question.. you can't stop bottle feeding him. He needs formula/bm for the first year.

    You could give him the cereal on a spoon and not in the bottle, that's how it should be anyways (imo).
    celticreverie

    Answer by celticreverie at 12:11 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • i think it just depends on how he will eat it, the point of putting the cereal in the bottle is to make the formula or milk thicker so it is harder for it to come back up. so if it is working in the bottle i would stick with it until he is out of the acid reflux.
    setliff

    Answer by setliff at 12:12 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • babies need breastmilk (or formula if breastmilk is truly unavailable) for a bare minimum of 12mos. rice cereal is total crap nutritionally. 3 mos is waaaaay too young to think about exclusive solid feeding, or solid feeding at all. if he truly needs the thickness of the cereal, fine. but don't give him anymore solids. a baby his age just isn't ready for that.
    jus1jess

    Answer by jus1jess at 12:13 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • No, keep doing what the doctor told you to do. The rice in the formula is to help "weigh down" his tummy, to help keep anything from backing up out of his stomach. He needs the formula - not the food. The formula has all of the nutrition and liquids that his body needs. The rice is to just help keep the formula from causing reflux problems.

    And just so you know, baby foods - up to about 8 or 9 months - are not for the nutrition. They are for experimenting with - what do foods taste like, what different textures are there, how to eat off of a spoon. Your baby will not need "food" for nutrition for many more months.

    Please, for your baby's sake, go back to what the doctor told you to do. Rice in each and every bottle for his reflux.

    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:16 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • You can give him cereal with a spoon. However, at this age you don't want the amount of formula he's taking to drop. So...in this case, I would continue to feed him his bottles with the cereal in it. He needs the nutrition from the formula.

    When he's older and starts table/finger foods, he will cut back on his formula on his own. You don't want him to cut back now....
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 12:34 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • i didnt mean to stop his formula i just meant to put it in a bowl and feed him with a spoon
    mom-to-be21

    Answer by mom-to-be21 at 12:57 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • are you talking about the cereal or the formula? I don't know why you would put formula in a bowl. He probably does not have the ability to eat off a spoon right now but you can try. The purpose of the cereal in the bottle is to weigh down the formula in his stomach so it isn't coming back up as much.
    ZaTa

    Answer by ZaTa at 12:59 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • Always seek advice from your pediatrician. He or she will know best what to do.

    Good luck,
    Snowcorgi
    Snowcorgi

    Answer by Snowcorgi at 1:08 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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