Mixing rice cereal and BM?? How much for 9 week old?
My little one is 9 weeks old. My pediatrician said it was ok to start him on rice cereal for his nighttime feed to see if it would help him sleep longer. I have him on a strict schedule during the day, 6 oz of expressed BM every 4 hours (8,12,4,8). Then to bed right after his last feeding. He usually will sleep about 5 hours, waking sometime between 1-2am. Dr. said that is good for a BF baby, but if I wanted to try cereal to see if he'll sleep a bit longer. Pediatrician said, it may or may not help, but I'm willing to try.
Just curious if any of you ladies had tried this and did it help? Also, what's your advice on giving it to him? Should I mix it with the entire 6 oz? or just mix a couple oz of BM and cereal and give the rest just BM?
I cant believe a doctor told you it was ok to cereal to a 9wk old. They recommend weaning with cereal etc at 6months and absolutely definitely not before 17wks. Their gut is not ready. You are very lucky the amount baby is sleeping, be happy:-)
Using rice cereal seems to still be very common in the states, all of my friends do it but I don't and I'm pretty certain I will skip the rice even during weaning and go to other options.
No advice though, all my friends that use it, formula feed and babies sleep through.
I am shocked any doctor would suggest at such a young age, its not at all safe. for your lo age that's a good amount of sleep, my baby usually slept well even when he was very young but he would eat every 2-3 hours in the day, cluster feed from 7 til midnight, to get him full for the night. I don't think your lo is having enough milk in the day to skip the night feed.
Wow 9 weeks is early for a 4 hour feeding schedule in the day. My 12 week old will do 3.5 hours at a push and 5 hours max at night. I really would think 9 weeks is too young for anything other than BM/formula (other than medical reasons). But that's just my opinion!
9 wks seems way too early. AS pp said their guts aren't developed enough to handle foods that young
Health experts and breastfeeding experts agree that it’s best to wait until your baby is around six months old before offering solid foods. There has been a large amount of research on this in the recent past, and most health organizations have updated their recommendations to agree with current research. Unfortunately, many health care providers are not up to date in what they’re telling parents, and many, many books are not up to date.
The following organizations recommend that all babies be exclusively breastfed (no cereal, juice or any other foods) for the first 6 months of life (not the first 4-6 months):
World Health Organization
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Family Physicians
Australian National Health and Medical Research Council
Oooo, I wouldnt even consider rice cereal or anything other than breastmilk at 9 weeks if it was me. Thats way too early. Its really not that common here in US. I've only heard of my mom doing it at 3 months with my brother. He was huge so was told he was still hungry after milk which is bull. Rice milk doesnt help with weight gain. Milk has far more cals amd fat. Anyway, He has many digestive problems and allergies surfacing as he is getting older which is common to happen when solids are started too early. It is common here to start rice cereal at 4 months which I dont agree with either, but its more of personal preferance I guess. But 2 months, no way! Please dont start for at least 2 more months.
My baby is 7 months and she wakes 3-4 times a night to bf and she bf's every 2 hrs during the day(was the same with my others too). Its 100% normal for babies(even toddlers who are bf)to want to bf at night. Its more unusual when they sleep through, but the newish era of ff babies makes it seem unusual if they arent sttn at 3 months.
Why bother having a baby if you cant be bothered getting up at night to give the poor thing a feed!?!!? seriously! 5 hours is a long time for a 9 week old on breastmilk. My 7 month old has just started going 5ish hours some nights, usually its 3-4 though.
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