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my baby is 3.5 months old. does a little less then 2 weeks really make a diff with feeding her cereal? she is drinking a lot!!! and seems hungry all the time!!

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:52 AM on Jul. 18, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • babies often have a growth spurt around 3 months and so the extra feeds might be related to that. Have you tried formula for hungrier babies? I think it is best to hold off for as long as possible and then start of baby rice as opposed cereal. My health visitor told me to avoid gluten products until 6 months, so at around 5 months we started on baby rice and veggies. However, you know your child best and if you think it is hunger then I am sure it won't make much difference.
    M2TandM

    Answer by M2TandM at 11:03 AM on Jul. 18, 2010

  • Formula is better for brain growth. Cereal is hard to digest and was invented as a way to get iron in babies before iron was in formula. It used to taste too nasty and babies wouldn't drink formula with iron. Everyone got used to feeding cereal and it became the "standard of practice". Doctors aren't trained in nutrition and unless they have a special interest in infant feeding may have gotten no training in fomula feeding, breastfeeding, or starting solids. If your baby is on formula with iron there is no need for cereal.


    At 4 mo you can start with fork mashed regular foods. Banana, sweet potato, and avocado are good first solids. Your baby may be able to feed herself. You want every food your baby eats to be for nutrition. A baby food company started the myth that food in the first year is for practice. You don't need baby foods.

    Gailll

    Answer by Gailll at 11:38 AM on Jul. 18, 2010

  • What is 'a lot' what is 'all the time'? Is your baby breastfed or formula fed? At 3 months many babies have a big growth spurt. I would hold off on the cereal/solids for now, and just offer more "babymilk".
    sarahmae3

    Answer by sarahmae3 at 12:14 PM on Jul. 18, 2010

  • Yes, it makes a big difference. They cannot extract nutrients from solids which is why before formula was created to be an adequate replacement, babies who weren't breastfed died. There are a lot of issues with feeding babies befores 6 months solids especially cereal which the can't even digest, and benefits to waiting until at least 6 months when the gut starts maturing. If you have to liquefy solids, this indicates baby isn't developmentally ready.

    Babies eat a lot, period. They are going through a rapids succession of growth spurts so the need to ingest a lot of calories. If you gew that fast you'd eat a lot too. When you do begin solids forget cereal begin with fruits and veggies like avocado, ripe pear, sweet potato, butternut squash. Baby should be able to sit unassisted with no tongue thrust reflex and have the ability to move food aroundwith their tongue.
    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 12:36 PM on Jul. 18, 2010

  • Babies really should not be eating solid food until at least 6 months old, and then only if they can sit up by themselves, have teeth, and are able to feed themselves. Also, rice cereal is just empty calories, and not needed at all. For more information about introducing solids, visit http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/index.html. At this point, it is still very important that each time they eat, they are getting the most out of it, which would be breastmilk or formula instead of cereal.

    squish

    Answer by squish at 5:08 PM on Jul. 18, 2010

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