My 12 week daughter is eating me out of house and home!! She is eating between 4-6 ounces every 2 1/2 hours. Then there are some feedings that are only about an hour apart. She has been doing this for about 2 weeks now. I know that it could just be a growth spurt but after eating she still acts like she is hungry. She is on Enfamil AR and I wasn't sure if I could start giving her a small amount of Rice or Oatmeal cereal in the morning or night to keep her full longer. She used to get oatmeal in her bottle before we switched to the AR formula, because she was having issues with spitting up but since we are on the AR and an antacid she is doing much better. My only concern is her getting constipated because she does have some issues having BM's ( she is on a Lactalose sp?). Any suggestions would be great!!
The Enfamil AR is already thickened with rice in some way, so if your baby's tummy can handle it, adding more should not hurt her stomach in regards to her ability to digest it. Also if it bothers her tummy, you will know about it!!! If you put it in her bottle, it obviously needs to be very thin. I have never heard of a choking hazard due to putting cereal in the bottle; however, a baby can choke on just milk if they cannot get the bottle out of their mouth when they are finished drinking...it just happened not to far from where I live. You should never leave your baby to eat unattended. I would not try oatmeal as it is thicker. Go ahead and try to spoon feed, but if your baby isn't ready, put it in the bottle. Again, I personally did not do it for either of my babies, but both of them were satisfied without it. I have lots of friends that have done it, and ALL of them claim their babies slept better. Keep in mind all babies are different, and your experience may or may not be the same. Try it out and see what happens. Also, do you give your baby a pacifier? It may not necessarily be a hunger issue, but your baby's desire to suck my not be satisfied especially if she is a fast eater.
My girl started food at 4 months because she started giving us signs. That said by the 12 weeks she was also taking 8 oz of milk every 3-4 hours. Give her more milk and start with that.
I know that some topics have a greater chance of causing issues than others. For some reason, starting solid foods earlier or later than what is expected is one of those topics.
Let's try to be respectful of our differences. While it may go against current conventions, when I was an infant the pediatrician told my mother to start solids when I was 2 weeks old. That was the custom for the time. I obviously survived, as did all of the millions of other babies whose mothers were told to start solids right away in the 70s.
These days everybody is stressing the importance of a "virgin gut." In 20 years, what will they be saying?
If you feel that you really must finish arguing your point, please continue the conversation in private. We're here for support and to help answer tough questions. It's hard enough being a mom, let's take it easy on each other :)
Yes everyone is here for suggestions and support. Different things will work for different babies and different families. There is no need to judge. Even doctors are not right about everything, so we as mothers aren't going to be either, especially when it comes to someone else's baby. Yes, feeding is a very controversial topic specifically breastmilk vs. formula, and when and what types of solids to start with. Sometimes you just have to try different things (even if it's not what you initially thought you would want for your baby) to make your baby comfortable and healthy. Good Luck and happy eating!
sorry mine is just7 wks and eating the same amounts of milk plus b milk @ the same time. @ 12 wks i will say try @ list 1-2 teaspoon of cereal and see if that's works or l say talk to ur ped. Hope u have answers to ur qs, bcoz i know how it is to have a crying baby after eating if no gas.