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Few questions about feeding babyfood and cereal to my baby?

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April 19, 2019 / By Alyx
Question: In a few weeks I am going to start my daughter on cereal and i plan to spoon feed it to her i dont wanna feed it to her in a bottle and my question is when start her on that how many times a day should i give her that and how many times should i do the bottle ( with every meal or once in a while i just dunno) this is my first child. Also once i start the baby food how many times a day do i do that and what about the bottle then. I was kinda thinking that when ever she gets hungry to do a lil of both until she is full. another question i have is....once i start her on the baby food can i start to ween her off the bottle cuz my goal is to have her off it by age 1...any advice would help...thanx to you all
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Virgil Virgil | 3 days ago
Do you remember when she was a newborn and they told you to feed her on demand? That was because she would eat when she needed to eat, and eat as much as she needed. The same thing applies for solid foods. She will eat solid foods when she needs them and drink her bottle when she needs it. Your daughter DOES know what she can handle and what she needs. Parent led weaning goes against her natural ability to manage her own diet. It's amazing to watch a baby grow up and show that she is capable of eating and managing her own food. We have been trained to think that as parents we need to control when babies start solids, when they eat, how much they eat, and how that mixes with their milk feeds, but we really don't. As for weaning off of a bottle, that will happen naturally and gradually. It's really cool how little effort you need to put into it. It will take her until she is 8, 9, 10 months to start to want less formula. Solids through the first year are nutritionally just practice, which means that she won't wean from milk until closer to a year. As she becomes more comfortable with solids she will want those as a primary source of nutrition rather than her milk, and she will slowly start to wean from formula feedings and bottles. Again this is something that you should follow her cues on and let her do instead of trying to do it for her.
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Virgil Originally Answered: My baby is 4.5 months old, the doc said I could give her baby food in her cereal, but she dosnt like cereal?
And what training does *your* doctor have in nutrition? And it isn't use "some people" its pretty much every reputable health training and every professional with training in nutrition or allergies (which does not include most general practitioners or pediatricians). YOU are responsible for your child's health. Not "some doctor". You have a brain -use it. Do your own research and make up your own mind. But yes cereal is completely unnecessary. Why not cereal? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9646449/page... Take rice cereal, for example. Under conventional American wisdom, it's the best first food. But Butte says iron-rich meat — often one of the last foods American parents introduce — would be a better choice. Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital Boston, a specialist in pediatric nutrition, says some studies suggest rice and other highly processed grain cereals actually could be among the worst foods for infants. "These foods are in a certain sense no different from adding sugar to formula. They digest very rapidly in the body into sugar, raising blood sugar and insulin levels" and could contribute to later health problems, including obesity, he says. The lack of variety in the American approach also could be a problem. Exposing infants to more foods may help them adapt to different foods later, which Ludwig says may be key to getting older children to eat healthier. http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids... Cereal is not at all necessary, particularly the baby cereals. Regular (whole grain) oatmeal is more nutritious for your baby. http://www.askdrsears.com/faq/ci2.asp The truth is, there is nothing special about these foods that makes them better to start out with. Babies don't actually even need rice cereal http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVDec... Meat provides additional protein, zinc, B-vitamins, and other nutrients which may be in short supply when the decrease in breast milk occurs. A recent study from Sweden suggests that when infants are given substantial amounts of cereal, it may lead to low concentrations of zinc and reduced calcium absorption (Persson 1998). Dr. Nancy Krebs has shared preliminary results from a large infant growth study suggesting that breastfed infants who received pureed or strained meat as a primary weaning food beginning at four to five months, grow at a slightly faster rate. Dr. Krebs' premise is that inadequate protein or zinc from complementary foods may limit the growth of some breastfed infants during the weaning period. Both protein and zinc levels were consistently higher in the diets of the infants who received meat (Krebs 1998). Thus the custom of providing large amounts of cereal products and excluding meat products before seven months of age may not meet the nutritional needs of all breastfed infants. Meat has also been recommended as an excellent source of iron in infancy. Heme iron (the form of iron found in meat) is better absorbed than iron from plant sources. In addition, the protein in meat helps the baby more easily absorb the iron from other foods. Two recent studies (Makrides 1998; Engelmann 1998) have examined iron status in breastfed infants who received meat earlier in the weaning period. These studies indicate that while there is not a measurable change in breastfed babies' iron stores when they receive an increased amount of meat (or iron), the levels of hemoglobin circulating in the blood stream do increase when babies receive meat as one of their first foods. http://www.westonaprice.org/children/nou... Finally, respect the tiny, still-developing digestive system of your infant. Babies have limited enzyme production, which is necessary for the digestion of foods. In fact, it takes up to 28 months, just around the time when molar teeth are fully developed, for the big-gun carbohydrate enzymes (namely amylase) to fully kick into gear. Foods like cereals, grains and breads are very challenging for little ones to digest. Thus, these foods should be some of the last to be introduced. (One carbohydrate enzyme a baby's small intestine does produce is lactase, for the digestion of lactose in milk.1) [...] Babies do produce functional enzymes (pepsin and proteolytic enzymes) and digestive juices (hydrochloric acid in the stomach) that work on proteins and fats.12 This makes perfect sense since the milk from a healthy mother has 50-60 percent of its energy as fat, which is critical for growth, energy and development.13 In addition, the cholesterol in human milk supplies an infant with close to six times the amount most adults consume from food.13 In some cultures, a new mother is encouraged to eat six to ten eggs a day and almost ten ounces of chicken and pork for at least a month after birth. This fat-rich diet ensures her breast milk will contain adequate healthy fats.14 Thus, a baby's earliest solid foods should be mostly animal foods since his digestive system, although immature, is better equipped to supply enzymes for digestion of fats and proteins rather than carbohydrates.1 This explains why current research is pointing to meat (including nutrient-dense organ meat) as being a nourishing early weaning food. http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content... The results indicate that in a group of healthy, well growing 12-month-old Swedish infants one-quarter is iron-depleted, although iron deficiency anaemia is rare, and one-third may be zinc-depleted. The high cereal intake of Swedish infants from 6 months of age may have limited the bioavailability of both iron and zinc from the diet. http://www.jpgn.org/pt/re/jpgn/abstract.... Conclusions: These results confirm that meat as a complementary food for breast-fed infants can provide a rich source of dietary zinc that is well absorbed. The significant positive correlation between zinc intake and exchangeable zinc pool size suggests that increasing zinc intake positively affects metabolically available zinc.

Royale Royale
I started my son at 4 1/2 months with rice cereal, at 5 months we established a routine, he gets it just before his mid morning bottle (second since his first is at 7am) and then just before his evening bottle. I use extra formula to mix the cereal with as he will still eat a full serving of it after his cereal. Start with maybe 1 tablespoon per feeding. I started with rice, then oatmeal after a month and now I am on wheat. We have started him on meats and veggies in the afternoon since a 6 month old needs more iron than a grown man. I am offering my little guy water in a sippy cup designed for weaning he needs some help but they will catch on. I would still suggest keeping the formula in a bottle though. I hope this helps!!!
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Morgen Morgen
She still needs formula (or breast milk) until she is a year old. At 1 year, she can be switched to whole milk. You can spoonfeed her a few baby-spoonfuls of cereal, and then finish her meal off with a bottle. Do this on the same schedule she is on now. At about 6 months, you can start trying fruits and veggies. Just one new food every few days to make sure she doesn't have an allergic reaction. Speak to the pediatrician to make sure your daughter is ready. Good luck.
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Keelin Keelin
I currently work in a daycare center in the infant room and this is what i have learned as far as feeding them cereal goes. When you first start her on cereal you can start with about 1 oz of formula and mix it in with the cereal.Make sure it is very thin...like dripping off of the spoon so its easy for her to swallow...The parents at my work fed their infants about twice a day..once in the morning and once at night...like the previous person had said milk comes first!...we usually feed the bottle about 45 minutes to 1 hour after the cereal...Starting off with the food usually is done by mixing with cereal..and the biggest tip ive heard is to start with veggies because if you start with fruit they will get used to the sweetness and will want nothing to do with the veggies...the food seems to be weened into for dinner time then they start introducing around lunch time...and once they have tried both veggies and fruit...the fruit is mixed with cereal in the morning and veggies and meat etc. is for lunch and dinner good luck and i hope i was a little help to you!
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Hedley Hedley
Doctor's say at 4-6 months, I started rice cereal at 2 months with a spoon, twice a day- very diluted. Never put in the bottle ever. At four months I started fruits and vegetables. I used to feed my son rice cereal and fruit in the morning, rice cereal and vegetables in the afternoon, and veggies and fruit during the evening with bottles in between. And I slowly introduced 1-2 oz. of water. By age 1 my son wanted to chew his food and got off of baby food and formula, for real finger food and cow's milk.
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Hedley Originally Answered: My son is 2. He will only eat baby cereal. Is it okay for him to eat that, even if he's not a baby anymore?
Nutritionally I don't think it will hurt him, but he needs a little more variety in his diet. I would first try to mix fruit into the baby cereal to get him used to different flavors ( finely chopped strawberries, defrosted frozen bluberries, etc). Once you know he will accept those you can try adding a small amount of regular oatmeal into his baby oatmeal and see if he tolerates that OK. If he does, then gradually increase the amount of regular oatmeal and decrease the baby version until he is eating all regualr cereal. If his food aversions extend to other foods too, as in baby cereal is the ONLY solid food he will eat, you need to seek professional advice for this matter. There are "feeding clinics" that will work with your son and help him to tolerate other textures. Your local early intervention program or children's hospital should be able to point you in the right direction.

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