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19 January 2006 @ 09:03 pm
feeding question  
I have a question for all of you regarding feeding. In another community that I belong to, which I love, don't get me wrong, a woman posted asking if it was ok to give cereal in a bottle to a 2 month old. There have been a lot of different responses, but most of them encouraged her to go ahead and do it...does this seem wrong to anyone else? I was told by my doctor and other experienced moms that putting cereal in a bottle can cause ear infections...any sort of hard sucking can force bacteria into the ear canal, therefore increasing the risk of ear infections. I am going to get up on my soap box here for a minute and let it be known that I do NOT think it is ok to let an infant that young have cereal out of a bottle, hell, I don't think they should have cereal at ALL...when I encouraged the mom to use a spoon, if she must give cereal to her son, she said she wasn't ready to do a spoon yet...alot of the women talked about their children having reflux...Gabriel had reflux until we switched his formula...we didn't give him cereal until he was four or five months old, and at that point it was from a spoon...where do you all stand in this? Do you think it's ok to feed cereal from a bottle? Do you think it's ok to feed cereal that young? I hope I am not the only one who feels this way, though if I am, it really won't bother me too much, after all, I am a bit of a...well...you know...HA HA...
_meow_mix_ on January 20th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
I personally feel as though it's a personal choice. MY mom gave me cereal at 2 months because of my reflux, and it helped immensely from what she told me. It's a practice that's been done for years and years. But, it's up to the parent whether they feel comfortable doing it or not.
I'm tangled up in our embracewholuvsya on January 20th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
you are right, it is a personal choice...I just wondered what everyone else thought...your icon is adorable...what a cutie!! :-)
Margaret - Mrs. Lavender if you're nasty ;-pgoodybabe1034 on January 20th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
i agree it is a personal choice. i just know i personally wouldn't do it. they now make formula with added rice. something a little thicker for the reflux babies. i would feel much more comfy giving that to my children than mixing up my own brew. lol although i don't see any real pros to mixing cereal in a bottle, i wouldn't knock a mother for doing it. her baby- her choice. period.
I'm tangled up in our embracewholuvsya on January 20th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
god, I hope I didn't come across as too much of a bitch in this post..i was just curious as to how other women felt..I hope this doesn't start a knock down drag out cat fight...otherwise, I will just delete it!!
Margaret - Mrs. Lavender if you're nasty ;-pgoodybabe1034 on January 20th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
oh no no i didn't mean it like that. i may have sounded mean too. i was just pointing out the other option.
Margaret - Mrs. Lavender if you're nasty ;-pgoodybabe1034 on January 20th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
i don't believe in putting a cereal in a bottle. i thought the whole point of cereal was to get them used to a spoon.. which my little one didn't get until she was 6 months old, and neither will this one. if a child needs something thicker to drink to treat something like reflux, they make formula with added rice. i don't see anything good that can come of putting cereal in a bottle..
RavenOnyxravenonyx on January 20th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
I'll go out on a limb here with my experience - my daughter has reflux, thankfully the Zanax works well the majority of the time.

We supplemented with AR formula (added rice). Problem? It's so damn clumpy it clogs the nipple, but since our daughter was only 10 weeks old when we used it, she couldn't handle spoon feedings at all. We finally went with a "feeder bottle" we found at Walmart, gave her about 1tsp of cereal and then kept her on regular formula (I also breastfeed, but have a low supply issue.) or mixed it with ebm.

She's now almost four months, and she doesn't get anything except nursing/ebm/formula. It really seemed to me that while cereal helped in the short term, it really didn't make much difference overall, and I felt the risk of choking/irritation from the food/etc outweighed any potential benefit to the reflux. We discontinued it at 3 months, so I think we used it for about 2 weeks.

It's definitely a personal choice, and I think one of the factors is how the pediatrician approaches it. Ours was "ehhhh" about using cereal, and said we *could* if we chose; if this lady's ped is gungho about it "just add some cereal to his diet" that could make a difference.

Brittney Fucking Daileynarcissusdying on January 20th, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
Wait, where does zanax come in when your baby has reflux?

its an anti anxity pill that tastes like poisen!
RavenOnyxravenonyx on January 20th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
Zantac. I'm a tired mommy lol.
Brittney Fucking Daileynarcissusdying on January 20th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
haha i was gonna say, how cruel! xanex taste likes POISEN!

Delirium_Skyedelirium_skye on January 20th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
This reminded me of a story they had on the news the other day:

Araathwenaraathwen on January 20th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
I started all my guys on solids ( rice cereal and apple sauce) at about 3 weeks and never once had a problem. I've gone through 5 kids now.
What I *did* do is mix the cereal with formula and or breast milk to a thick but pour-able consistancy, and cut a larger slit in the nipple of a bottle.
This alliviated the "sucking too hard" potential, just watch it doesn't come out TOO fast and gag the wee one.
If you are lucky enough that they can use a spoon that early ( as one of my kids was) then you can try that route as well.
I suggest keeping to the rule of introducing new foods ( the three day, one food, watch for reaction then do another food) but you can use this bittle method for just about all the fine pureed foods. Watch high acid foods as they can cause ass rot on the other end, and I avoided strawberries till they were older as there is a higher potential for allergic reactions with those.
Ultimately, it is up to you and weither or not the child is ready for it. If both of you are comfortable with trying, go for it and if it doesn't work, wait a couple weeks and try again, they might be ready a little later.
Hope that helps.
Meggorrilagirl on January 20th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
im sorry i agree with you...i read that post too and just had to stay away...im tolerant to everyones parenting ideas if i just dont talk ;)

my best friend called me one night when her girl was 2 mo old wanting to give her cereal and i told her i could not tell her my honest opinion because well she wouldn't like it...she understands i am a boobin' momma and that i delay solids...
Samanthaevergrnterrace on April 21st, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
Both of my girls had reflux. I put cereal in my youngest girls bottle(not until about 4 months) and it didn't do squat.. I mean, sure it helped a littlw... But I found MANY other, less dangerous, ways of working around reflux... Thank goodness for that, my youngest didn't get started on cereal until about 6 months
Omega homega_h on January 22nd, 2007 08:54 am (UTC)
I guess this is also a cultural thing. I live in Finland and this community is the first place where I have ever heard of feeding cereals to babies. The recommendation here is that a baby should be on only breast milk /formula for the first 4 months (preferably 6 months) and that's what I've done. I don't see the point for cereals, but I guess, like I said, it's a cultural thing. Don't they have tons of excess sodium?