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LJARoo Mon 03-Nov-14 23:08:18

My baby is 9weeks and seems to be hungry? My health visitor is just useless and other people have mentioned trying baby rice very sloppy. And help on this please anyone?

CanISayOfHerFace Tue 04-Nov-14 03:37:46

Nine weeks old is very little for solids. If she's hungry why can't you just give more milk?

Baby rice tastes like wall paper paste by the way. I made the mistake of giving it to my baby when he started solids at six months and he was constipated for five days. I felt terrible.

At nine weeks all your baby really needs is milk smile

rootypig Tue 04-Nov-14 03:42:01

Milk is much, much more calorific (not to mention nutritious) than baby rice. At 9 weeks, if your baby is hungry, s/he needs more milk, and only that. Are you breastfeeding, formula, a bit of both?

And yes, there is no place for baby rice in the world.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Tue 04-Nov-14 03:56:58

Far far too early to be introducing anything apart from more milk. How much and how often is she having milk?

ColdCottage Tue 04-Nov-14 05:02:22

As others have said breast milk has way more calories and nutrition than baby rice plus their gut is not ready to take anything but milk until at least 17 weeks.

If you are worried please call the breast feeding network for support they are great and have people there all the time to speak to. Also try calling your local baby cafe for advice. If it is about supply just express a little between feeds to up your supply and give the extra in a bottle.

McFox Tue 04-Nov-14 05:44:05

Don't be persuaded to give your baby solids at this stage, it is way, way too early and can cause all sorts of health issues later in life as their guts aren't sufficiently mature enough to handle it.

Please speak to a breastfeeding support midwife if you are struggling - I remember feeling like I was constantly feeding my DS at 9 weeks. In between feeds he screamed for more. It turns out that he had a tongue tie and reflux, and he's a much happier baby now that he's had the tt cut and is on medication. Speak to a professional and see what they have to say before you even consider solids.

TheJourney22 Wed 05-Nov-14 21:08:52

Baby Rice is like cornflour ie a thickner. It is horrendous!

9 weeks is way to early for anything other than milk, you could potentially damage the gut or create allergies later down the line.

Just up the milk feeds smile

Littlef00t Thu 06-Nov-14 16:03:05

Hungry baby = more milk. Not some stodge to fill them up! I'm appalled people have given you this advice!

Showy Thu 06-Nov-14 16:06:06

Do you want to tell us a little more about your concerns?

LJARoo Tue 25-Nov-14 20:27:12

Yes thank you all so much for your replies, I really appreciate it :-) I am a first time mum and my baby seemed to be hungry all the time. A few people had said to me try him with baby rice and my own mother said I was on rusks at 8wks old, not sure I believe her or if she actually remembers that far back? I thought myself it was far too early. I have uped his milk to 6oz but now he seems to be bringing quite a bit back??? He's been doing this for a week now? He is tongue tied they told me that when he left hospital but after i stopped breast feeding and was made to give him formula in the hospital for him to gain weight (because I had no support and I am single mother) they told me the tongue tie wouldn't matter so much now he was on a bottle. Do you think his tongue is affecting his feeding? He has only started bringing milk back in the past week so i'm unsure what may be causing this?

TheNewStatesman Thu 27-Nov-14 11:04:57

Nothing wrong with rice cereal if you want to give it and of course it is not "horrendous", but it's recommended to wait till at least 17 weeks unless there are special medical reasons. It is a myth that it fills babies up or makes them sleep better.

Chunderella Fri 28-Nov-14 13:28:28

You might well have been on rusks at 8 weeks, people used to wean incredibly early even a couple of decades ago and some still do now. But it's risky and so not recommended at all. I agree with your decision to hold off with the baby rice for a while yet. It doesn't sound like that would make things any better in this situation.

As for tongue tie, I'm no expert but I know it can impact on bottle feeding as well as breast. I'd probably discuss it with the GP or HV, plus there's a dedicated breast and bottle feeding forum here where you might be able to get help. Sorry to hear about what happened to you in the hospital too. It sounds like you got poor support.

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