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How much are you suppose to feed your baby?

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 10:10 AM
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Infant cereal?  My baby just turned 4 months. So far I have been feeding him once at night. Does anyone know? Should I be feeding him twice a day or is once alright, does it matter?

by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 10:10 AM
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by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 10:12 AM

if you just started, once a day is ok. just take cues from your baby. no one else knows how much he will want.

the important thing is that he is still getting the right amount of formula/nursing sessions for his age/weight

cereal and baby food is supposed to be 'extra'...

my son was a huge and hungry boy and would eat 3 times a day at 4 months and STILL drink 34 oz+ of formula per day!

by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 10:14 AM

 just once for now

6-7 months old start 2 times, I  always did breakfast and lunch

9 months start 3 times, breakfast lunch nad dinner


That's what our doctor told me. And he said don't start meats until about 7 months because babies can't really "appreciate" the taste until then and it will just make them gag.

by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 10:15 AM

id do just what you're doing.

by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 10:18 AM

AS much as he wants

by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Thanks so much for the replies ladies!

by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 11:24 AM

You shouldnt be feeding him cereal until around 6 months unless he has reflux or a doctor specifically tells you too..


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When your infant is able to sit independently and grab for things to put in her mouth, it’s time to begin introducing solid foods. Start with simple, basic foods such as rice cereal. You should add breast milk or warm formula to the cereal, mixing about 1 tablespoon of cereal with every 4 to 5 tablespoons of breast milk. Look for infant cereals that are fortified with iron, which can provide about 30% to 45% of your infant’s daily iron needs. About midway through the first year, her natural stores of iron will have become depleted, so extra iron is a good idea.

Here are some additional recommendations to keep in mind.

  • Introduce your baby to other solid foods gradually. Good initial choices are other simple cereals, such as oatmeal, as well as vegetables and fruits. Most pediatricians recommend offering vegetables before offering fruits.
  • Start these new foods one at a time, at intervals of every 2 to 3 days. This approach will allow your infant to become used to the taste and texture of each new food. It can also help you identify any food sensitivities or allergies that may develop as each new food is started. Some pediatricians advise introducing wheat and mixed cereals last because young babies could have allergic reactions to them. Contact your doctor if symptoms (for example, diarrhea, vomiting, rash) develop that seem to be related to particular foods.
  • In the beginning, feed your infant small serving sizes—even just 1 to 2 small spoonfuls to start.
  • Within about 2 to 3 months after starting solid foods, your infant should be consuming a daily diet that includes not only breast milk or formula, but also cereal, vegetables, fruits, and meats, divided among 3 meals.
  • When your infant is about 8 to 9 months old, give her finger foods or table foods that she can pick up and feed to herself. Make sure she’s not putting anything into her mouth that’s large enough to cause choking. Do not give small infants raisins, nuts, popcorn, or small or hard food pieces that can be easily aspirated.

Opinions vary on how soon after six months to introduce foods along with breast milk. Parents with food allergies are advised to wait until the child is at least six months of age and then to avoid foods that commonly cause allergic reactions (such as cow’s milk, dairy products, and foods made from peanuts or other nuts). If no allergies are present, simply observe your baby for indications that she is interested in trying new foods and then start to introduce them gradually, one by one.

Signs that the older baby is ready for solids include sitting up with minimal support, showing good head control, trying to grab food off your plate, or turning her head to refuse food when she is not hungry. Your baby may be ready for solids if she continues to act hungry after breastfeeding. The loss of the tongue thrusting reflex that causes food to be pushed out of her mouth is another indication that she’s ready to expand her taste experience.


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