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#1 NewMumm

Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:14 AM

Ok so some people may not agree with me but I have just started giving my 12 week old DD farex. She is so hungry all the time. She just has a tiny bit in the mornings now and she seems so much happier.


#2 Jenferal

Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:18 AM

Why don't you increase her feeds instead?

I started solids at the recommended 6 months but my baby didn't take to them until 9 or 10 months.
And she never liked Farex(and I wasn't a fan of the iron causing constipation in some children).

Edited by Jenflea, 21 March 2012 - 09:22 AM.


#3 Guest_tigerdog_*

Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:21 AM

Never Farex - it's the sweepings off the factory floor (even the colour of it - soo unnatural).  Not sure about cereals such as this but the general guidelines for solids are 4 months, the baby's digestive system isn't developed enough to handle food prior to this.

#4 NewMumm

Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:21 AM

Tried that she is just hungry for more.

#5 NewMumm

Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:26 AM

Well my mum put me on farex at about the same age and my brother aswell and we both turned out fine. My DD is just hungry. She has a little bit once a day. Im sure I am not the only one that has started this early.


#6 mummyofour

Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:27 AM

I think I gave mine solids at about 6 months  We did use Farex with DS (my first ) but he hated and after I tasted it I chucked it away - sawdust would have more taste !  I then used to feed him pumpkin or apple/pear.

DD1's first food was some mashed potato off my plate as she was clearly starving  rolleyes.gif we then moved onto pumpkin and fruits like with DS.



#7 Guest_Hoggle_*

Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:30 AM

Sorry but 12 weeks is way too young. Have you spoken with a doctor or MCHN about it?

She may be hungry but it is more breastmilk or formula that she needs at that age, not farex. 12 weeks is a growth spurt stage, she needs more milk if she is hungry.

#8 greengoddess

Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:39 AM

There is no nutritional value in Farex; it's harsh on their tummies, is constipating and early introduction of solids can led to allergies later on (and recent evidence suggests childhood obesity is associated with early solids). Why risk it when there are alternatives? Furthermore, not only is it nutritionally inferior to breastmilk (or even formula), it has fewer calories, so if you baby is really so hungry, then you are not giving them something that will fill them up.

As PPs have said, you should be increasing her milk intake if she is hungry. But my question would be - is she really hungry, is it a growth spurt or is she looking for something to suck on for comfort?

Just because your mother did it, doesn't make it the right or safest thing to do. My mother drove around with me in bassinet on the passenger seat (it was the 1970s) -I'm fine, but I don't recommend anyone else does it.

#9 NewMumm

Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:43 AM

Well she has been much more settled and happier since starting the farex. She has a tiny bit in the morning. When I say a tiny bit I say about 1 teaspoons worth.

#10 FizzlingFireboxes

Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:46 AM

DS had farex at 6months when he started solids, we quickly moved onto other veggies though as it was tasteless and he wasn't a fan.

At 12weeks I would say your dd is too young. How often is she feeding? Have you spoken to your gp or chn?

Agree with greengoddess just because your mum did it doesn't mean it's okay now, I think our parents did lots of things that you wouldn't do no, no car seats, dummies soaked in whatever etc...

#11 j-gray

Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:48 AM

I'm not sure if you want advice or you are just telling people ?

As PP said, it's not advised that you start solids any time before 17 weeks. I'd suggest you speak with your GP.

#12 Guest_Hoggle_*

Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:51 AM

I think it would be complete coincidence that she has been more settled since the farex as one teaspoon of farex wouldn't make a speck of difference to her level of hunger. You could give her 10mls more milk and that would do more.

I think you will find most people on here have waited until 4-6 months to start solids. 12 weeks is not even 3 months yet!

#13 jules77

Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:00 AM

It's very easy to mistake hunger for a normal developmental stage.

DS2 (5 months) still feeds very regularly (2-3 hrly day and night) but there's no way I'd be giving something like Farex until he's 6 months.

Just not the risk IMO

#14 bluedragon

Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:02 AM

I never gave DS any rice cereal, many of the reasons are listed here http://www.analyticalarmadillo.co.uk/2011/...-baby-rice.html

I wouldn't be giving a 12 week old any solids, the earliest anyone suggests starting solids is 4 months and that's only in conjunction with a number of readiness signs.

A 12 week olds gut will still be open and introducing anything other than breast milk may cause issues both in the long and short term.

All the farex will be doing is displacing milk and if your DD is having a growth spurt she will not be receiving the nutrition her body is asking for. Farex is not nutritionally dense and her gut has to work very hard to digest it. If she needs more food then just put her on the breast every time she wants. I had times where it seemed like all I was doing was feeding DS but it passed soon enough.

If you continue with the farex at least please see your MCHN or GP.

ETA: there is an explanation of the open gut and other issues relating to solids here http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-solids/delay-solids/

Also just because 'you turned out fine' doesn't mean there aren't risks involved. Advice for mothers has changed dramatically since you were a baby.

Edited by BlueDragon, 21 March 2012 - 10:09 AM.


#15 Katie_bella

Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:09 AM

Newmumm, it's really REALLY hard to ignore advise from your parent's especially when your baby is unsettled and definately when they pull out the "well we did it and you're fine now" line. I figure that you know that giving your bub farax at 12 weeks isn't what is recommended today and is therefore not the best thing for your baby at this age. If you posted this to get support from other parents, i'm afraid you are probably not going to get it.
There are many things that will settle an unsettled 12 week old baby, more milk or formula, more sleep etc. I really suggest you try some of these things even if it takes longer or is harder than giving bubs farax. Your MCN or doctor can help with correct information and advise.
YOU are your baby's mother, NOT your parents. You have the ability and sense to make the best decisions for your baby within the guidelines that doctors and dieticians have given. The guidelines are not given for no reason, there are very important reasons why solids shouldn't be given to babies before 4 months.
Please stand us for your baby and try to do the best for her. Your life will be so much harder later on if she has a damaged digestive system or allergies that could have been prevented.
Best of luck finding a solution to your problem.

#16 White-Lily

Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:13 AM

We started a tiny bit of farax at 6 months with DD as recommended. Prior to that she just BF on demand.
She didn't take to food until 7.5 months and wasn't very interested in farax, so we just moved onto vegies when she was showing some more interest.

Personally, I think 12 weeks is too early to be giving bub anything other than milk.

#17 HeroOfCanton

Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:25 AM

We never used Farex - it looks like muck  sick.gif

Like PP's have said, it's got less calories than milk or formula, so there's no point giving it to her to 'fill her up'.
Talk to your GP or child health nurse before giving her any more I think.

#18 Humphrey2011

Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:33 AM

DS is only 4months 1week so we haven't started solids yet but I'm not sure I'll start with farex, it doesn't look very nice!  We also probably won't start until closer to 6months.

My understanding was that a babies digestive system is not ready for anything other than milk before 4 months so I wouldn't be giving a 12 week baby any solids yet.  She's not even 3 months old.  If she is hungry then I would increase milk feeds first and then check with a GP.

#19 CharliMarley

Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:51 AM

Is your baby breastfed OP?

#20 Jenferal

Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:01 AM

Good post Katie_bella!


#21 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 21 March 2012 - 03:12 PM

I started a bit of baby rice after 4 months as per clinic nurse advice (plus all the readiness signs) but DS doesn't like it, so I just got on with the fruits and veggies.  He much prefers things like carrots, sweet potato, avocado etc.    Glad I didn't persist after reading the above.

#22 mnsr621

Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:14 PM

If your baby is really hungry there is a formula you can get from the chemist that fills them up more.  Not sure what it is called but I am sure if you go and speak to them they will be able to tell you.




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