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Is it bad to give a one month old baby carrots mixed with baby formula so he can get full, because he is not getting full on just formula only. He eats almost every hour and half to two hours and he eats about 3 ounces.

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Vegetables To Hungry 1-Month-Old – Yes Or No?

Having a 1-month-old baby is exhausting for many reasons; they don’t sleep for long hours, they cry a lot and they want to eat all the time. It is probably quite exhausting to be 1-month-old too..!

However, mixing the formula with anything – vegetables, rice cereal or anything else – to keep the baby satisfied is not a good solution for several reasons.

First of all, a one-month-old baby is way too young to digest carrots or any other vegetable (or even rice cereal). He is very likely to become constipated and get tummy pain from it.

Secondly, have a look at your baby’s hand. His fist size is the same as the size of his stomach. He can’t eat very much without getting full. At the same time babies grow increadibly quickly during their first 3 months of living, so to develop properly they really need to eat frequently.

Third, breast milk and formula are optimized to give the baby the best possible nutrition to thrive. Anything else is less beneficial for the baby in the beginning.

I know it can be very tough in the beginning with a baby that doesn’t get full and wants to eat all the time, but it is normal and it passes. Try to endure!

Here are two links to tips to help you as a new mom sleep better and how to organise the bottle-feeding at night to make it as simple as possible:

Hang in there!

Paula

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Comments for “Baby Not Getting Full on Formula – Can I Offer Vegetables?”

Jun 17, 2013

No veggies

by: Anonymous


Start out with baby cereal. Never veggies…. Rice cereal is best to start out with add a little dry cereal to his formula. Just a little. Worked with all three of mine. Good luck


Jun 23, 2013

FEEDING BABY CARROTS

by: Anonymous


HELLO

CARROTS ARE NOT A GREAT IDEA TO FEED YOUR BABY AT THIS AGE.THEY ARE VERY HARD TO DIGEST.

I HAD 4 CHILDREN AND WHEN I SEEN THEY WEREN’T SATISFIED WITH JUST THE FORMULA I ADDED JUST A TINY AMOUNT OF RICE CERAL TO THE FORMULA.

I KNOW THEY SAY NOT TO GIVE CEREAL UNTIL THEY ARE ABOUT 5 MONTHS OLD BUT I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE IT WORKS.

SOMETIMES THE ANSWER COULD BE AS EASY AS JUST GIVING THEM A LITTLE EXTRA FORMULA IN A FEEDING OR THEY MAY JUST NEED TO BE FED MORE OFTEN AND LET THEM MAKE THEIR OWN SCHEDULE THEY KNOW WHEN THEY ARE HUNGRY AND WILL MOST DEFINITELY LET YOU KNOW.

BE SURE TO BURP THEM VERY WELL OR THE INFANT WILL GET A BELLYACHE AND CRY.

NOW DAYS DOCTORS WANT YOU TO KEEP THEM ON A SCHEDULE AND SAY WHEN TO START FEEDING THEM SOLIDS BUT LET YOUR BABY TELL YOU SINCE ALL BABIES WERE CREATED DIFFERENT SO IS THEIR WANTS AND NEEDS.

JUST RELAX AND YOU’LL WORK IT OUT TOGETHER.

HOPE IT WORKS OUT

SHARON


Aug 25, 2013

Dangers of giving foods too early

by: NannyNurse


Hello,
It can be tough when a young baby wants to eat frequently but as already mentioned their stomaches are small so they need to eat frequently. This will slow down between 3 and 4 months.

HOWEVER giving an infant as young as your child (any infant under 4 months old) foods of any kind (including grains) can be very risky. The reason is that an infant at this age has not yet developed the ability to break down complex foods and sugars. When you give them something like carrots or even rice you run the risk of causing many problems, ranging from upset stomache,constipation, diarrhea, painful gas, to blood sugar issues that may stick with them through life.

At worst you could cause mild to moderate hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) because their bodies are pushed into producing more insulin than they need, because of the complex sugars in foods. The result of this would be that your son would feel even more hungry because of the body’s reaction to the low blood sugar (the same feeling that you get when you go all day without eating, shaky and very very hungry)

Basically giving complex foods (anything other than breast milk or formula) to a young infant can lead to many problems.

One last thing, if you are using formula check the number on the can. There are generally 3 levels and if you are not using the youngest level your baby may not be getting as many calories as he needs to feel full.

The first level is the most calorie rich (best for young babies till 3 months) and they become less rich from there. If you are breast feeding check with your doctor to be sure that YOUR diet is the best for making breast milk (sometimes we forget that even after we have the baby we are still “eating for two”)

Good luck


Oct 06, 2013

not sleeping

by: Anonymous


hi my son is 8 and half months old he is not getting full on formula at night he wakes up more than 8 times for a feed… I feed him before hand like an hour before but it just wont help. I have asked my doctor if i could giv him half water half normal milk if that will keep him full she said it woud b ok……as he is a pretty big boy…. what would you recommend?

Baby Help Line: At 8 months, his waking up is likely to be part habit, part hunger or even only habit. Have a look at these three methods to stop feeding at night. he article is about nursing, but the methods works just as well for bottle-feeding. Hope this helps, Paula


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