T.D. asks from Perry, MI on March 19, 2007
Infant Cereal - Perry,MI
My daughter is a month old. She is eating between 3 and 4 ounces of formula and still cries like she is hungry. She burps well, but i always feed her some more and then she vomits the whole bottle up. My family says put infant cereal in her formula, but is it to early? Any advice or expierience would be appreciated.
J.L. answers from Detroit on April 03, 2007
I would definitely try a new bottle/nipple first. When my now 10 month old girl was around 7 weeks, she started doing the same thing. I gave her breastmilk in a bottle. One day I listened to her as she drank, and it sounded like she was gulping in too much air when she drank. So I switched to the Ventaire bottle (worked with my son who was a major spitter-upper), but I had to use a different nipple. I ended up using a NUK orthodontic rubber nipple that had air vents on the sides of the nipple. My baby became a much happier baby, no more crying fits after eating. I suggest just going and buying every nipple on the market to see what works best, it's worth it.
A.S. answers from Lansing on March 20, 2007
I would not put cereal in the bottle. My daughter had to be kept upright after each feeding either holding her or in her car seat. She had reflux and she still slept through the night. I just agree with others that if you are going to give cereal it should be from a spoon. I just worry about choking especially if you were to cut the nipple.
I know it is hard the first few months, just hang in there, you are doing a great job!!
K.P. answers from Detroit on March 20, 2007
My little girl did that from day one. She would scream after eating like she wanted more. Giving her more just made her throw it ALL back up. She did have some reflux issues but the main problem was the nipple was to big. We could not use stage one because she and her brother were so small and weak they could not get anything out of stage one. So after she finished the bottle her sucking reflex was not satisfied so I put a pacifier in her mouth..that worked for a little while:)
I would try a different nipple or bottle and see how it goes.
And I would wait on cereal till she is at least 4 months old. This really helped with my little girl. It just weighs the food down so it does not come back up so easy. She is a much happier baby now:)
Take care and good luck:)
A.H. answers from Detroit on March 20, 2007
You are going to get people that will tell you that putting cereal in her bottle is the "ultimate mommy no-no" and that "she is too young for cereal" or "her stomach isn't ready". Or "she will choke, she cant digest it, it wont help her sleep, they cant take anything unless its as thin as milk." I hate to say it but this comment has driven me crazy for years. All of the above are ABSOLUTELY untrue! This is just what their mothers and grandmothers taught them so it must be true. Every person has a different opinion and even pediatricians are torn on what to recommend. Ultimately its the mothers choice, but this will in NO WAY harm the baby. So when others tell you that it is really not true. I am a nurse and I have NEVER EVER seen ill effects from a infant having had cereal in theor bottle. That is all untrue. It is scientifically proven that a baby stomach can handle the majority of the food we it if it is pureed. Both my daughters got cereal the first was at exactly 1 month and I could not believe that I waited that long. The second one had cereal at 13 days. She's been sleeping through the night ever since. Trust me at 13 days there would have been NO sleeping through the night. It kind of assists with scheduling their sleep times.
I wish they came with instruction manuals! It could be a a number of things. Her formula or breast milk may not agree and make her gassy? She may have acid reflux? She really could still be hungry and the crying is having her take in air and then the milk comes up.
Now comes the process of elimination. I would try the cereal in the milk bottle first. Start her with Rice - nothing else. Cut the nipple slit just a little so the cereal can come through - the "x" pattern would be too much. Dont make it thick, kind of thin maybe 1tsp or 3/4 of a tsp for her. See if she takes that and doesn't cry. You say you are giving her 3 or 4 ounces or is that all she will take? If she will take more try this. 1.5 tbsp in 7 ounces of milk. Let her eat as much as she will. When she's full she will stop. Burp her and more than likely she will pass out and go right to sleep. I promise cereal makes them sleep right through the night and she probably wont cry anymore. Please let me know how it works out good luck.
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R.C. answers from Detroit on April 27, 2007
It's possible that your daughter is lactose intolerant. Try a soy formula and see what happens. Definitely call your pedi as well.
S.W. answers from Lansing on March 20, 2007
I would say she is still to young for cereal, if you are feeding her more and she is vomiting, then she's not hungery. Have you tried gas? My twins were very gasy after each feeding we would give them gas drops or bring their knees up to their bellies and push lightly on their belly. You will be surprised how much gas you get out of them!
J.G. answers from Detroit on March 19, 2007
I have 3 boys and I put inf cereal in all of their b from the begining. rice only because is fine and light! you don't want to make it too tick cause then it will be too heave on the baby's stomach
S.W. answers from Lansing on March 20, 2007
My daughter also went through the same thing. I can tell you that one thing that made a HUGE difference is the type of bottle. We finally switched her to Playtex VentAire bottles and they made all the difference. At first I wasn't sure if it was the bottle or if she had outgrown her spitting up huge amounts. One night I forgot to pack her Platex bottle and had to use one of her others (Avent) and she drank about 3-4 ounces and ended up projectile vomiting ALL of it. I swear by these bottles for her.
M.B. answers from Grand Rapids on April 06, 2007
My son was the same way and he is almost two now. He was on rice cereal at two and a half months old because he could never get full and he did spit up a little bit. Ask your doctor what they think.
L.K. answers from Detroit on March 20, 2007
She might be eating too fast and isn't feeling full fast enough or not enough sucking time to be satisfied. There are nipples with different flows, maybe your's is for an older baby? Also, is she sleeping too long between feedings so that she's ravenous when she wakes up? And yes, a month is too young for cereal.
S.P. answers from Detroit on March 20, 2007
If she is throwing up after eating. you may want to get her checked for acid reflux, it's very commone these days. And yes she is young for baby cereal, and DO NOt, even advice fromyour family put baby cereal in teh bottle, it's not reccomended, even on teh cereal box these days they tell you not to, I htink a lot of our parents did, butit can be a sereious choking hazzard. I would get her checked out, cause it' snot nomral to throw up a bottle/ spit up an entire bottle.