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Lorenzo is 5 months old, and his mother breast-feeds him exclusively. He weighed 7 lb, 4 oz when he was born and now weighs 12 lb, 8 oz. He eats about every 3 hours during the day but only wakes up once during the night to feed. His pediatrician is very happy with his growth and development, but his parents are getting a lot of pressure from their mothers and aunts to start bottle-feeding and add cereal to his formula to help him sleep through the night. His parents are wondering if they should try this so that they can get more sleep.
How would you describe Lorenzo’s weight gain and feeding habits?
Should Lorenzo’s parents start giving him a bottle with added infant cereal? Why or why not?
Are there any supplements that Lorenzo may need at his present age? If so, which one(s)?