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Rice cereal

Posted by on Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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Okay so my baby boy is 2 weeks old and eats non stop.... His doc said if he's hungry feed him! We ha to supplement with formula from time to time because my milk wasn't supplying his demand... So he gets breast fed during the day and has formula at night because it satisfies him more. But he's still waking up every hour and a half to feed an he eats 4 ounces ... So my mother in law suggested adding a tsp of rice cereal to his formula at night.. Has anyone tried this? She did it for my man and he turned out fine lol just looking for opinions not trying to start a war... So if u have nothing nice to say keep it to yourself please. Xoxo
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busymommy2013
by on Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM
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I've read on other forums that this is okay to do. I would call the doctors office and ask just to be safe though.
jackiewal10
by Silver Member on Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:22 PM
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No.  No cereal at all.  No solid foods at all until a minimum of 6 months old.  But, you are also hurting your supply by supplementing.  He is a newborn.  It is not uncommon for them to be on the breast for 20+ hours a day.  Seriously.  It's highly doubtful that you need to be supplementing at all.  At this age, I would just stick to the breast.  And frequent wakings at night are supposed to happen.  It's a built in survival mechanism (helps prevent SIDS) in infants.

CadetMommy23
by on Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:25 PM
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Thanks for your opinions ! :)
jackiewal10
by Silver Member on Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM

It's not ok.  Infants under the age of 12 months are not even able to digest grains.  Giving solids foods at this age could do serious long-term damage to the gut. 

Quoting busymommy2013:

I've read on other forums that this is okay to do. I would call the doctors office and ask just to be safe though.


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maggiemom2000
by Ruby Member on Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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Lots of possible problems with adding rice cereal to the bottle. Here's some info for you:

from http://www.drgreene.com/qa-articles/baby-bottles-cereal/

You’ve heard about it from friends, parents, and in-laws. You’ve seen it in Internet chat rooms and discussion boards:

“You’re so tired! You should put some cereal in your daughter’s bottle – then she’ll sleep through the night.”

“He’ll nap better.”

“Your son looks too skinny. You’re not feeding him enough. Add some cereal to the bottle – that’ll do the trick.”

“He still acts hungry? Try putting some cereal in the bottle. He’ll be much less fussy.”

“Spoon feeding is a hassle. Put it off as long as you can. Cereal in the bottle is quick, convenient, makes them sleep longer and cry less – what more could you want?”

Your pediatrician says this is not wise (except as a treatment for reflux). Dietitians and nutritionists concur. Introducing solids before 4 months might cause food allergies. Your well-wishers discount these recommendations because cereal in the bottle worked wonders for their children!

Throughout most of human history children were exclusively breast fed for the early months. During the previous generation or two, when bottle-feeding became very popular, rice cereal was often put into the bottle at a very early age. What were the results?

Most children seemed to thrive. A small number of children, though, did not tolerate the addition, because their sucking and swallowing actions were not yet fully coordinated. They inhaled small amounts of the rice cereal into their lungs, which led to pulmonary problems.

I’m much more concerned about a subtler issue. Babies are born with a wonderful mechanism for knowing how much food they need. During the early months, they take their cues from the volume of what they drink. Adding cereal derails this mechanism. It forces them to take in deceptively large amounts of calories. It teaches them to overeat.

By starting with a spoon, resting between bites, and stopping when your child lets you know he’s full, you will be laying an excellent foundation for good eating habits throughout his life.

A major study looking for the causes of obesity found that short-circuiting young children’s self-regulation of how much they eat is a major cause of later obesity.1 Cereal in the bottle does just that.

Babies that are fed this way may appear to be unaffected – but those few weeks of added convenience may result in a lifetime of struggles with weight. This common practice may have contributed to our being the most obese generation in history.

And it doesn’t even work. Scientists at the Cleveland Clinic studied the effect of cereal on sleep and found that adding the cereal did nothing at all to speed up the age of sleeping through the night. That first uninterrupted 6-hour stretch of sleep came no earlier in those who took cereal early.2

People swear otherwise. I suspect the reason is that kids do fall asleep a bit more quickly, and some babies may even go a bit longer between feedings. There is no scientific evidence, though, to support the claim that cereal in the bottle will help an infant increase total sleep or decrease crying.3

Drawing on the wisdom of experience and the latest scientific knowledge, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against adding cereal to the bottle. It may be tempting after your 16th straight sleep-deprived night to cut a bigger hole in the feeding nipple to add rice cereal. But it won’t offer lasting help, and it may be giving your baby a lasting gift that both of you will regret.


bebe_ju-rah
by on Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM
^^what Jackie said. We don't do cereals. The frequent feedings slow down once they regulate your supply and get through the frequent growth spurts.
momalee40
by on Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Yes, what Jackiewal said. Please don't do the cereal ! It has no nutritional value at all. All it does is add bulk. He shouldn't be sleeping all night at this point! The only way to build supply is to nurse every time he wiggles ! That is his natural instinct and your body will respond. Stop the formula and just nurse for a few days and you will catch up. As for not hurting his dad, how do you know ? Allergies and lots of things can be attributed to starting cereal too early. Go to the breastfeeding group for support! Please !
mckinneymom918
by Bronze Member on Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM
You HAVE to keep putting the baby to the breast.
MusherMaggie
by Platinum Member on Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM
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It is normal for babies this age to be on the breast almost 24/7. That ensures your supply. 4 ounces in a bottle is twice as much as he should have. It stretches the stomach beyond capacity and can cause pain and restlessness. Most pediatricians know little or nothing about breastfeeding or how it works. It's nothing like formula feeding. No solids until at least six months, no grain products until twelve. Also be aware that the artificially fortified baby food/cereal can bind to the nutrients in breastmilk so none is absorbed, causing anemia. Babies ate designed to thrive on human milk!

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jackiewal10
by Silver Member on Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Pssst!  {whispers} this IS the breastfeeding group. ;)

Quoting momalee40:

Yes, what Jackiewal said. Please don't do the cereal ! It has no nutritional value at all. All it does is add bulk. He shouldn't be sleeping all night at this point! The only way to build supply is to nurse every time he wiggles ! That is his natural instinct and your body will respond. Stop the formula and just nurse for a few days and you will catch up. As for not hurting his dad, how do you know ? Allergies and lots of things can be attributed to starting cereal too early. Go to the breastfeeding group for support! Please !


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