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May 30th, 2009, 02:46 PM
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Hello,

My daugher turns 4 months on June 8. I've started her on Rice Cereal at night to help her sleep a little better. Yes I know I started the Rice Cereal a little early, I read up on it though and felt my daughter was ready. I only feed it to her at night to help her sleep a little and fill her up. She went from sleeping through the night to getting up at 3AM.
However, she still seems to be always hungry. It doesn't matter how much I feed her, she seems to be always hungry. She is strictly breastfed and I'm starting to worry it's perhaps not enough. Even after a long feeding she's got her hands in her mouth and she's vocal. She doesn't cry, but she "talks", loudly. My baby NEVER talks, or makes noise for that matter. So I don't know if she's just discovering her voice, or if she's trying to say she's hungry. Do any experienced mommies know what to do? I'm lost and don't know what to do for her. On the 8th I'm going to start feeding her Rice Cereal for breakfast and supper, no actual foods until she's 5 months.

Thanks for the advice!!
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May 31st, 2009, 10:31 AM
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hi, it sounds to me like the distractible 4 month stage. please read this. it would explain a lot.
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May 31st, 2009, 02:04 PM
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Hm. Thank you so much for that link. It makes a lot of sense. She now sleeps through the night, she happens to love her rice cereal. She's still super hungry during the day but that makes sense, she does love looking at the TV and of course her daddy. Oh the eyes she has for her daddy. But thank you very much
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May 31st, 2009, 07:52 PM
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The hands in the mouth as a signal for hunger becomes less reliable as babies get a little older. She may be beginning to teeth and this is a really big age for discovering things with her mouth. It's important to let her explore by putting things in her mouth (hands and toys, etc) because this is the way that babies use their senses. As for the "yelling", also totally normal. I doubt it is always because she is hungry - she is probably finding her voice and this is the very very early beginnings of "talking"...her yells will turn into clearer sounds like "ahh goo" and things like that and that's just the normal path to talking.

I wouldn't say that your breastmilk isn't enough for her unless she isn't having sufficient wet/dirty diapers.
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May 31st, 2009, 11:07 PM
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Thank you so much Makes me feel so much better. Perhaps I was just overly concerned but thank you for the re-assurance
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June 1st, 2009, 09:01 PM
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I have discovered that just when I think I have this mommy thing down to a science, my babe switches everything up on me! That's why I love JM!
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