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Anonymous asked in Pregnancy & ParentingNewborn & Baby · 1 decade ago

Can i give my 8 weeks old son pablum?

He wants to eat every 2 to 3 hours day and night and screams until i do feed him. Then will only eat 2-4 oz. My Mom and friends are telling me to give him a bit of pablum. Is this ok? He also has a cows milk protein allergy and is on Nutramigen formula.

Can u give me some suggestions on what to do??

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Presumably your son is on Nutramigen because he has a diagnosed allergy or allergic disorder such as eczema. Introducing solids to a normal baby increases their risks of allergies, doing so to a baby that already has allergies is going to make a bad situation worse.

    Your son's stomach should only be the size of his fist so there is nothing wrong with eating 2-4oz. Eating every 2-3 hours is also normal. As long as a baby is not consistently eating more than 32oz of formula per day they can eat as much as they want as often as they want. Smaller meals more often is also used to treat digestive problems such as reflux.

    Trust in your baby, and your own instincts.

    Small, more frequent feedings will work better than larger ones spaced farther apart. Your baby's tummy is about the size of his fist. Take a full bottle and place it next to your baby's fist and you'll see why tiny tummies often spit the milk back up when they're given too much at one time.

    1. Slower, more frequent feedings. Feeding too much, too fast, can increase intestinal gas from the breakdown of excessive lactose, either in mother's milk or in formula. As a rule of thumb, feed your baby twice as often and half as much. A baby's tummy is around the size of her fist. To appreciate the discrepancy between usual feeding volume and tummy size, place your baby's fist next to a bottle filled with four to six ounces of formula or breastmilk. It's no wonder tiny tummies get tense.

    Offer smaller feedings more frequently. As a rule of reflux feeding: feed half as much twice as often. Less food in the stomach at one time lessens reflux. Feeding frequently stimulates more saliva production. Saliva contains a healing substance called epidermal growth factor, which helps repair the damaged tissues in the esophagus. It also neutralizes stomach acid and lubricates the irritated lining of the esophagus.


    Sequence of introducing foods

    The least allergic foods should be introduced first (refer to Table 1)

    No foods other than mother’s breast milk (or if breast-feeding is not possible, extensively

    hydrolysed casein hydrolysate formula) should be introduced prior to six months of age.

    A new food can usually be added every week. However, for an exceptionally allergic infant

    the interval between additions may need to be extended to every second week or even longer.

    This will depend on the baby's reactions.

    Solid foods should not be introduced into the diet of high-risk infants until 6 months of age, with dairy products delayed until 1 year, eggs until 2 years, and peanuts, nuts, and fish until 3 years of age.

    Milk Allergy: The Facts



    Take your time introducing solid food. When the baby is

    6 months old begin with iron-enriched, single grain infant

    cereals like rice or barley. Slowly add pureed single

    vegetables, except corn, at the rate of one a week starting

    with a small spoonful. Move on to pureed fruit, excluding

    citrus, introducing each in the same manner as vegetables.

    Then pureed meat, start with chicken, turkey and lamb,

    the least likely to cause an allergic reaction. After the

    meats, when the baby is at least 12 months, you can try

    cooked egg yolk which is less allergenic than the white.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can, but you shouldn't.

    First, it's perfectly normal for babies, when given the opportunity, to want to eat every 2-3 hours. Young babies who go longer between feeds do so because that is what Mom decides, not what they decide. Babies will usually still want to eat every 3 hours well into toddler hood. As your baby gets older and is able to eat more during the day he will start to need less at night, but he has to develop that ability on his own.

    Second, you said that he 'screams until i do feed him'. That means he's hungry. Chances are he's screaming because his earlier hunger signs are being ignored. Instinctively he knows that he needs to be fed and that he needs to put up a fight to get his food. Babies need to be fed on demand, even if they don't demand much. I'm not sure how much you're expecting him to eat, but 4 ounces is plenty per feeding. Smaller babies won't move to 6 ounces per feeding until 4-5 months, and some never progress beyond needing more than 6 ounces per feeding. Your son is perfect.

    Giving pablum ignores your son's need to eat. When comparing calories, rice cereal only has 10 calories per dry tablespoon, about 3-4 calories per dry teaspoon. Formula has about 20 calories per ounce. That means that you would need to be giving your son 2 tablespoons of dried cereal to make up for one ounce of formula, and there is no way he will be able to eat that much. The only way right now that it will make him go longer between feeds is because it won't digest properly, which isn't really what you want to do.

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    3 years ago


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