Confused Not Taking Less Formula And Needs To Why

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lin7604 - March 3

K, my ped told us to start our 4 month old on cereal, he is 18.5 lbs and 26 1/4 inches long and was eating 40-50oz a day. She said we need to cut his formula intake to 35-40oz max and to give cereal 3 times a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner / bedtime. I have started this for 4 days now and he was getting a few teaspoons to start and now am giving him 2 TBS at each meal. He loves it and is eating very well, the only thing is his formula intake hasn't changed yet? why? Isn't he more full now and should be able to last a little longer between feeds, can't he? Ithought that increasing the cereal would change it and so far it hasn't, so how do you know when too much is too much at one sitting? just by them telling you that they are full? how much is normal for a meal? he would eat more if i gave it to him, i just don't know when enough is enough for him i guess. does he need more still to curb his formula intake? help!!!

 

Danielle19 - March 3

I don't think you can overfeed a baby, so if he wants more give him more he will let you know when hes full, how much formula is he taking at a feeding? or maybe you could try cutting out nite feedings if he still takes them, if your pedi is that concerned

 

Bonnie - March 3

I agree with the ped about the formula intake. In my own experience, yes you can overfeed a baby. Some babies like to comfort feed. Lin, my own suggestion would be to use your gut instinct and just go with it right now. If you reas the labels on the formula and the cereals you will see that the cereal calories are pretty negligable compared to the cereal The formula has a LOT more. So it would make sense to me that he hasn't really cut back much yet. My son was a comfort eater as well and also overate a lot. He did eventually cut back on his own. That was about at 6 months once we had been through all of the stage one foods and he was really going to town with eating. I agree with your ped that at some point he needs to cut back. I just personally wouldn't freak out about it too much yet. Once he is eating a lot more solids so that the calories and such sort of make up fo rthe formula, I am sure he will back off on his own. :)

 

Bonnie - March 3

My God, I am tired today. Lin, I meant the the cereals have a lot less calories than formula lol.

 

lin7604 - March 3

he eats usually 6 oz bottle but will eat 8 if given to him on most times. I have tried to cut out night feedings before and it's a disaster, i don't think he is ready to give them up yet. He usually wakes once but sometimes twice, especially if he is that hungry all the time he will need at least one during the night.

 

luviduvi - March 3

Have you ever put cereal in the bottle? Maybe he just likes to suck and he could fill quicker on a thicker formula. My ds is 5 mths and he took more than a few tea. at a time. Never bothered him he's just a good and big eater....Good Luck.

 

lin7604 - March 3

yes i have but only in his bedtime bottle. i thought that if i spoon feed him he would eat it a lot thicker and it would fill him up more.

 

DownbutnotOUT - March 3

My 1st and 2nd son where and are great eaters and I could never feed my 1st son enoughby the time I feed him a big spoon of cereal I didnt have time to get more on the spoon before he was crying and flapping his arms like a little birdie for more. What I would do is I would slowly increase the amount of cereal and the thickness, i noticed than he wouldnt b___stfeed as long and was more content for longer periods.

 

BWIND - March 3

I have know idea about cereal...but how much should an infant eat. My son is 2 weeks and 2 days old. Right now he is eating between 2 1/2 - 3 oz.. At times, it seems as if he wants more than 3oz. Should I give him more? I thought 3 was a lot. Also is it save to give him an oz. of distilled water or nursery water?

 

Bonnie - March 3

Bwind, you can give him whatever he wants to take at that age. Don't worry too much and go with your gut. If he seems to want more, go ahead and give it. As for water, be very wary about how much you give. In general, don't give him any until he starts solids around 4-6 months as too much water can harm them and the formula/b___st milk is more than enough. However, if it is a really hot day you can hive an ounce or two of water.

 

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