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December 19th, 2010
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Date:December 19th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
i am going to tell you something that is contrary to modern medical thought. other new (ish) mothers to whom i have proposed this looked at me as if i were suggesting they dance around the child with bones and feathers chanting satanic verses. i was a new mother in the 70s. and i got my baby care notions from my mother (who raised six in the 30s-50s) and my older sister who was an OB nurse. my radical suggestion? feed the baby!

yes, yes, i know that the current thought is that babies don't need any real food until they are at least six months old and that they cannot properly "process" food until then. balderdash. look around you, almost every person you see over the age of 30 began eating cereal at six to ten weeks old. it didn't hurt them, and it does help the baby sleep through the night. whether they process that cereal effectively or not, their little tummies will feel full, and they will sleep longer.

so i suggest a little bit of baby oatmeal mixed into a sloppy, goopey consistency with some formula or breast milk and fed to the baby about eight at night. old wives tale? you betcha. but i also betcha it works.
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Date:December 19th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Actually, current thought is that babies can start eating between 4 to 6 months, whenever they lose the tongue reflex that causes them to push food out of their mouth, so that they swallow it instead. Some studies indicate that babies so inclined are more likely to have problems with allergies and diabetes if they start eating earlier, however.

I know a former coworker of mine would be telling me to put rice cereal in some milk for her, and we might just try that soon, but I'm going to try pumping to supplement her with my own milk first. We have some in the freezer - we might kill our emergency backup to solve our chicken-and-egg problem, knowing she can have formula if an emergency actually arises...

Thanks, for the comment though!
How is baby oatmeal different than oatmeal? Just more ground up?
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Date:December 19th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
This is a pretty common recommendation, but there have been studies and it doesn't work. :-) Human milk is actually much more calorie dense than any carbohydrate-type food you could give a baby, such as rice cereal, so if you want them to be as full as possible, a huge feeding of mother's milk is the best way to go. Good signs to look for for starting solids are sitting up unassisted, the emergence of teeth, and the baby grabbing food off a mother's plate.
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