Rice cereal

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Rice cereal

Hello,

Looking for any thoughts, experiences, ect regarding adding a touch of rice cereal to milk.

Lily is solely fed breast milk both directly from the source & by bottle & I am thinking of trying adding rice cereal. I have read that it can help with the acid reflux, vomiting & sleep. My mom did it with me & there have been/were no side effects.

Thanks,
Jessica

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My baby is on rice cereal due to acid reflux. I mix 1 tablespoon rice cereal per one oz breast milk every feeding. He likes it. His spitting up has decreased but the reflux pain is still there. It did not help him to sleep longer. Also now he only has one bowel movement a day but farts all day long. I heard the rice can be binding and the oat isn't.

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I dunno in reguards to reflux but I personally don't introduce foods until much later. I would ask your pedi. Smile

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"WonderWomanExtrodinare" wrote:

I dunno in reguards to reflux but I personally don't introduce foods until much later. I would ask your pedi. Smile

yes I would ask you Pedi
I Introduce foods around 6months

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I personally wouldn't do it. But we don't introduce foods until at least 6 mos (we do baby led weaning, so whenever they show interest thereafter). If you discuss it with your pediatrician and s/he feels like you should, I would make your own with brown rice. At least then there is *some* nutritional value to it and not just overprocessed rice. But I'm weird about things like that as it is. I really hope you are able to find a solution to help Lily.

Have you tried prilosec for her? Lio is on zantac, and it has helped the vomiting, but I can tell he's still in pain. My pedi recommended putting him on prilosec. She said it typically reduces the pain more than zantac does. We're still up in the air about it as I haven't had time to do thorough research on it though, but it might be worth a shot?

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I had the same question. So I asked my pedi and he gave me a paper that said that you could start as early as 3-4 months depending on the child. I've tried brown rice cereal with Poetrie once or twice. It didn't make a difference. However I've decided that I'm going to wait a little longer before I give her anymore or anything else.

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I agree with pp, check with pedi. Seems too early to me but I read that adding rice cereal can sometimes help with reflux.

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Here's an article explaining why you shouldn't do it for a baby without reflux.
Definitely ask your Pedi. You want to make sure you are adding the correct amount and getting the right consistency. Many moms I've talked to said it doesn't work at all for reflux. I've only read of a few who have said it works well.
I hope you can find something that helps!

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Em has is added to her bm bottles for reflux and I think it works. My pedi recommended it in addition to the prilosec. I opted this instead of the addition of another med to the prilosec. I'd discuss w ur pedi but it won't hurt her. I will tell u I use a little less then 1tbls per oz. My dd1 had it added too and it helped her w no side affects.

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I think everyone else have pretty much said it, talk to your dr first. I wouldn't start this early, theres just no reason too. Previous generations have but they also did things like not using carseats, whiskey for teething, sleeping on tummy, just because its been done before doesn't mean its right...sometimes its good not to follow our parents advice. There was an article I just read on this in this months Parents magazine or maybe it was Parenting i don't remember which I get any more.

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I agree about checking with your ped. I will say that Ryder's doctor recommended it in addition to the antacid, we opted not to do it at that time since he was only 3 or so months old. The medicine did work for him, so it wasn't necessary to add the cereal. I hope you find some relief soon. I think Kilah had a good idea about trying a different med. Definitely go back in and talk to the doctor if it isn't working...there's gotta be something that will make her feel better!

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We are actually headed to the Dr. in about 30 minutes so we will know more then! Smile Thanks for all the thoughts, I appreciate it.

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"Mustanglisa" wrote:

I think everyone else have pretty much said it, talk to your dr first. I wouldn't start this early, theres just no reason too. Previous generations have but they also did things like not using carseats, whiskey for teething, sleeping on tummy, just because its been done before doesn't mean its right...sometimes its good not to follow our parents advice. There was an article I just read on this in this months Parents magazine or maybe it was Parenting i don't remember which I get any more.

I thought about the article too. It was just a quick blurb I think about how brown rice cereal is much better than regular rice cereal. If I recall correctly it basically said the white rice cereal is automatically processed as sugars and they are suggesting since this is usually a babies first experience with food it's no surprise we are a sweet/sugar addicted nation. The article didn't mention a timeline, but I've heard from a lot of posters here there is concern with childhood obesity associated with starting foods too early (pre 4 mo.). Of course, they are not talking about using it to relieve reflux - I'm sure that is more the "give my baby cereal so he/she sleeps through the night" usage.

Best of luck at your appt! I hope you get some answers that help - even if it is to start cereal.

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Hope the doctor was able to suggest something that helps!

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I love our Dr. I mean, I really do, she is fantastic and she is a lactation consultant so she is ultra pro-BF.

She spent an hour with us today talking about my concerns and observing Lily and we both agree that there has been an improvement (in spitting up and temperament) since our last appointment (last week) and Lily has gained 6 oz in 1 week so she is doing well that way too.

At this time, we are going to hold off on adding any cereal because of the improvements that we have both witnessed. She is a HUGE proponent of BF only and really wants us to continue on that route for now. She told us lots of interesting things about my body and how it produces milk and how Lily's body works with it and what her body needs and for now, with the improvement, I agree with her. We go back in a month or if we have any concerns before then.

Thanks for all the thoughts on this topic as I greatly appreciate it! It is super to have a place to go to get many points of view and not be judged by anyone!

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I am glad that you were able to discuss everything. I really hope she continues to improve. I go crazy with our hour-long crying sessions every night. I can't imagine how you ladies deal with the constant fussiness that comes with reflux. And to know that your baby hurts has got to be one of the worst things to deal with as a parent.
Keep up the good work, Jessica!

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