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September 9th, 2005, 11:27 PM
Super Mommy
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: USA
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Hi, everyone.

I need some help. I just started feeding James cereal a couple of weeks ago. I had only been feeding him a tablespoon or two with about 4 tablespoons of breast milk. Last week, it was as if he wasn't getting enough to eat, so I fed him 3 ounces of breast milk with enough cereal in it to make it pasty. After he ate that he was STILL hungry. So i gave him 2 more ounces of milk with more pasty cereal.

He was happy as a clam and he finally seemed content in what seemed like days. So, I just assumed that that was how much cereal he should eat. Today I made him the same amount, it turned out to be 5 ounces of milk with a cup of rice cereal. It really made a lot. My dh fed him. He ate about half, fell asleep then finished. Tonight he started vomiting everywhere.

I'm thinking we gave him way too much cereal.

Question is, how much cereal should he be getting to keep him satisfied? I know he's still supposed to have 28-32 ounces of breast milk a day - he's only 5 months. I tried to make it to 6 months without giving him solids, but my body just wasn't keeping up with his demands, so I introduced cereal. Milk is obviously not enough for him.

Also, once we start him on veggies and fruits, how many jars of baby food does he get at one meal? How much milk will he still need?

Can you tell I'm new at this?

Sorry for the long wind-up and thanks for any advice you can send my way!
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September 10th, 2005, 11:08 AM
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Location: New York
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We started Lily on cereal around 5 1/2 months, I wanted to wait till 6 but I was nursing as well, and felt like I couldn't keep up with her demands. We started a bowl of cereal in the evening, and gradually worked up to a bowl in the morning and one in the evening. Sometimes it seemed like she would eat sooo much, but then have a tummy ache later. I'd give her between 3-4 tablespoons of cereal with expressed breast milk, and if she ate all that and seemed hungry after that, then I'd give her a bottle of breast milk (I pumped). I started veggies about one month later, and then fruit a month after that. I took it really slow with her, because Dh's family has a lot of food allergies, and I wanted to be careful to screen for allergies with Lily.

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September 12th, 2005, 10:12 PM
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thanks! that info is EXACTLY what i needed!!
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