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My cousin had her baby 5 weeks ago- she was 3 weeks premature but has been doing well. She didn't try to BF- and now I just found out her DOCTOR recommended giving the baby bananas, applesauce, and rice or oatmeal cereal because she was taking "4 ounces of formula in 2 hours" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
I don't see how a Dr. could think that its logical to fill up a baby with food that has less calories, protein, and fat if the child is obviously needing that much formula. She was only 5 pounds at birth and is probably just bulking up a little.<br><br>
It just blows my mind- I thought the AAP recommended only breastmilk or formula for at least the first 4-6 months? Why would a Dr. recommend this? He's one of the most "highly regarded" Dr.s in our town- almost everyone I know takes their kids to him. It just seems dangerous to be giving such advice.
 

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stupid dr...never heard of a growth spurt<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: geez...it's scary what Dr.'s are doing to babies out there
 

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Dr's have no training in nutrition. I think that is pretty early even for a dr. to be recommending solids, but I'm not surprised.
 

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The AAP actually has lengthened their recomenations to 6 months for starting solids, and a preemie should wait until six months ADJUSTED age! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead">
 

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Poor baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I once knew a woman who fed her babies from the time they were a month old table food. If they had meatloaf, she'd put it in the blender and feed it to the baby! I about passed out and died. Needless to say, those kids had SERIOUS health problems. They were SOOO blocked up that she gave them an enema at 6 mo roundabout..GASP! makes me sick.
 

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My mom said that she started solids on me when I was about 2-4 weeks old. Funny, I'm one of the few people in the extended family that has had weight probs from childhood.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The AAP actually has lengthened their recomenations to 6 months for starting solids, and a preemie should wait until six months ADJUSTED age! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"></div>
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Unfort med school doesn't include a class on BF. I'd give her the AAP info and other stuff to let her see her doc is poorly educated in this area.
 

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I would strongly caution her to do some research on the health issues that can be caused by feeding solids too early.<br><br>
When we had our #1 we were young, first-time parents who followed the advice of books, doctors & well-meaning friends & family. We started him on solid food (rice cereal at first) at 4 months. We supplemented with formula if we went out & left him with a sitter. He was also vacinated (3 times getting sicker & sicker each time until nearly dying). Wore disposable diapers. We did CIO. I think it's a miracle that we DIDN'T circumcise him & managed to breastfeed until almost 3 years.<br><br>
He is the only one of our children with multiple allergies & asthma.<br>
Wonder why?<br><br>
I'm sure it was a combination of introducing solids too early & vacinating.<br><br>
With all of our subsequent children we have delayed solids until at least 9 months. And haven't vacinated at all. Not one of them has allergies or asthma.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Poor baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/soapbox.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="soapbox"><br><br>
I couldn't help but post, even though the above smilies were all I could think of to express what I felt when I read about what this doc recommended.<br><br>
Ugh.
 

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I can't belive that doctor said that...makes me want to strangle him. Most parenting books say no solids till at least six months. We started dd at late four months but she was eating 8oz every feeding and was still hungry. She is very healthy and no allergies(also vax) so it goes both ways.
 

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I hope that your cousin will do some of her own research before she continues with the dr's "advice". That's a bummer....I am trusting doctors less and less these days.....
 
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