Question About Starting Cereal

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Renee924 - March 3

I'm thinking of starting dd on cereal and was wondering what you all thought of it and your own experiences with it? She is 2 months old and drinks expressed br___t milk (started her off with ebm then gradually got her back on br___t and right after she got thrush, so now she's back to ebm) and seems to still be hungry after she's fed. She's eating about 4 oz at a time, but she's eating more often lately so that it's harder and harder for me to pump out enough for her. I feel like a milkcow or something. Anyway, my dh and I were thinking of starting to add a little rice cereal to her bottle at night and gradually increase it to the normal amount. I know they say not to start until 6 months but i've read so many people's stories of them trying it and it working. Also, and I dont know if this is related to her eating, has anyone experienced their babies fighting sleep? This isn't a rare thing, every time she goes to sleep she fights for at least 20 min, up to 3 hours. She starts to sleep with paci, then suddenly wakes up and fusses, then starts almost chewing and grunting at the pacifier and then drifts back off and repeats this til she finally just conks out. Anyone know if that's normal?

 

SuzieQ - March 4

Everyone has a different opinion, but I think 2 months is a bit young to start on cereal. And I'm against offering food in a bottle. Everything I've read seems to be against it. I'm interested to see what others think too though :)

 

lin7604 - March 4

maybe she is just going through a growth spurt and maybe your milk is decreasing and you may need to FF. I think that it is too young as well especially if she is BF!

 

lin7604 - March 4

also i forgot to mention that my ds has not been a great sleeper right from day 1 and he is a big boy. born at 8.8, at 2 months 15.5 and now at 4 months 18.5. he was also eating 5-6 oz every 2-2.5 hrs all day and i might get a 4 hr stretch at night.

 

Felisha - March 4

dd fights sleep like that and it has gotten to the point she get so tired that she screams untill she falls asleep. this was hard to deal with when we were still living in hotels because of the house fire. i now put a pillow on my lap lay her on the pillow and sway her side to side untill she falls asleep, at night after she has fallen into a deep sleep once she goes right back to sleep after her middle of the night feeding. i hope this give you some rea__surance that it is normal oh yeah she is 12 weeks today

 

Renee924 - March 4

At night once we get her to sleep she'll sleep for 6 hours. I've done the pillow thing but unless she' been asleep for like an hour she wakes up when she's moved. I suppose it's one of those things she'll grow out of.

 

spamanda - March 4

My doctor told me not to put cereal in a bottle. I don't actually know the reasoning behind this, but I a__sume it has something to do with sucking food instead of eating it? Not sure. At any rate, I think 2 mos. is pretty young to start cereal. Most people wait until close to 4, and we've only just started cereal and ds is almost 4 mos. Your lo might not be hungry, she might actually be fussy or ga__sy and just THINK she's hungry... we went through this phase with my son at about 2.5-3 mos. Things went better if I handed him off to Dad to burp him -- he doesn't seem to think he's hungry if the food isn't right there staring him in the face, lol. Before you start cereal this young I'd definitely talk to your doc. Good luck, I hope it's just a growth spurt and it pa__ses quickly! Oh, and the fighting sleep... I think most babies do it. That's why a lot of people end up letting their kids cry it out... but that's a whole nother can of worms. lol

 

spamanda - March 4

whoops.... i meant ds is almost SIX months and we've just started cereal... sorry about that! and if you're exclusively pumping you might not be producing enough milk. you might want to try the b___st again or to supplement with formula.

 

Wellis10 - March 4

My lo was the same way...I felt like he was attached to my b___st. I finally started giving him a bottle of formula at night before i put him down for bed. It helped. I think that my lo was not getting enough milk during the day that it left him starving at night. He would be fussy all day. When I started the night bottle he would go to sleep easy. Then after he was 2 1/2-3 months I stopped b___stfeeding. It was to frustrating for him.....and me. I just couldn't produce the milk that he demanded. He settled down after that. His a happy baby. Like you thou I wanted to give him cereal so i did. They say if your lo has reflux you can add a tsp for every oz you have of milk. Well I tried that. It helped.....but my lo a week later was having trouble going poo. He would turn purple and red in the face and get really fussy...finally I stopped with the cereal and feed him purne juice and his regular again. Thank heavens. But I wouldn't do it a 2 months.....I would try supplementing with formula first. Good Luck

 

Lala - March 4

Can I ask why you feel that thrush is a reason to not let baby nurse from the b___st? ds has some thrush, and I am treating it with the Nyastatin. I just put a little on my nipples too sometimes; but I don't have any thrush on my nipples yet at least.

 

Renee924 - March 4

Lala, the reason I stopped was because I had read on here that you can pa__s thrush back and forth between the baby and yourself. I had literally just started back b___stfeeding and it was going really well when she started getting the thrush and my nipples would have a searing pain in them. I thought it was just because I wasn't used to the b___stfeeding but it would last for a long time after she was done and they would itch horribly bad. I put nystatin on them and let them airdry for a few days until they stopped hurting. They even were hurting during pumping which had never happened before. I gave her about four oz. of b___stmilk last night before bed, and added 1/2 a tsp. of cereal, just a teeny bit and she slept well. I'm still not crazy about it, so for now I think I'll stick to a small dosage in her bedtime bottle. And we think she might have some reflux problems. She actually has a pedi. appt tomorrow and I intend to ask him about that. Thrush is such a pain in the b___t.

 

Lala - March 4

"a pain in the b___t" that is funny b/c many diaper rashes are yeast too! lol. But really you're right: it is bad. Yeast can be such a pill. Poor babies having in their mouths! sorry to hear about all your troubles.

 

Renee924 - March 4

Motherhood is just such an adventure! Ever since I had her I feel like I'm in an exclusive club and I feel some kind of camaraderie with all other mothers now. How long has your lo had the thrush? We've been treating hers for two weeks with nystatin and she still has it.

 

Bonnie - March 4

On the cereal thing, I can only advice that you consult the pediatrician on this. I don't think it's a good idea at that age so I wille leave it at that. But I wanted to comment on the Thrush.....................Mason got thrush too and we were prescribed Nystatin. 2 weeks later we had it and our then-c___ppy-pediatrician (we have a better one now) just kept b__wing it off. I had researched online about a drug called Diflucan which everyone said was MUCH faster, but when I mentioned it, he refused to prescribe it. Anyway, after a month of thursh and screaming and other tummy issues, we got referred to a GI doctor (he had reflux too). She was furious at the extent of the Thrush as it had also gotten into his esophagus, poor guy. Anyway, guess what she prescribed...yep, Duflucan! It was gone within 3 days. Can you believe that? I was SO furious with the ped. So anyway, research it and speak to your ped if the Nystatin is not working.

 

BriannasMummy - March 5

I honestly think that 2 months is a little young to start feeding cereal. I only have this feeling from my own experience. When my first dd was 3 months old I thought Id start giving some rice cereal to get going with the food thing, only to find out that her digestive system just couldnt take it. She started having black tar like bowel movements and the doctor told me that I should wait another month before starting on the cereal. I did and it made the world of difference. Perhaps your dd is having a growth spurt that she requires more food then normal? Just reading the pamphlet from the Canadian dietician a__sociation, it recommends starting cereal at 4 months using a spoon. Ive read that rice cereal really has no nutritional value and its more to get the baby used to using a spoon. I really hope everything goes well at the pedi. appointment today! ~Kristin~

 

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