Age You Started Feeding Cereal Infafeeder

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name - January 10

My boy is almost 8 weeks old. He has colic & acid reflux and is on Nutramigen formula & takes Previcid for his reflux. The doc gave me the ok on giving him cereal, but they want me to feed him cereal by spoon then formula by bottle. They said not to feed him cereal in his formula in a bottle, although they wouldn't say why. Anyway I'm feeding him the cereal in the formula in the bottle, but the stage 1 nipples won't flow & the stage 2 flows too fast and choke him. I would like to use an Infafeeder but I can't find them anywhere! Advice?? Age you started your babe on cereal?

 

GloriaD - January 11

My dd also has reflux, she's on zantac. I started cereal at 4 months but I should've started sooner. What a difference! She doesn't really like her bottle, but she sees the spoon coming and gets so excited! The dr. said that reflux babies do much better on food than on liquids and that I should just charge ahead on all solids 3X a day. So, the last week we've been doing a new baby veggie at noon and two servings of rice cereal for mid day and dinner. The dr. just said to also add formula whenever possible to what she was eating because it has a ton of calories and she needs them. She still has her 4 bottles a day but its amazing the difference its made on her. Maybe try the spoon if he's able and if not just make the nipple a tad bit bigger in the stage 1 nipples.

 

mjvdec01 - January 11

Get a large syringe and feed it to her that way if you have to. Wash your hands very, very well, including under your fingernails, then put the syring and your index finger in the babys mouth and slowly depress the plunger. Make sure the pad of your finger is toward the roof of the baby's mouth. We had to feed my daughter this way for the first two weeks or so because she was too small for even the premie nipples.

 

easytoentertain - January 12

heres a bit of info of a website... Babies are born with a wonderful mechanism for knowing how much food they need. During the early months, they take their cues from the volume of what they drink. Adding cereal derails this mechanism. It forces them to take in deceptively large amounts of calories. It teaches them to overeat. By starting with a spoon, resting between bites, and stopping when your child lets you know he’s full, you will be laying an excellent foundation for good eating habits throughout his life. A major study looking for the causes of obesity found that short-circuiting young children’s self-regulation of how much they eat is a major cause of later obesity.1 Cereal in the bottle does just that. Babies that are fed this way may appear to be unaffected – but those few weeks of added convenience may result in a lifetime of struggles with weight. This common practice may have contributed to our being the most obese generation in history. And it doesn’t even work. Scientists at the Cleveland Clinic studied the effect of cereal on sleep and found that adding the cereal did nothing at all to speed up the age of sleeping through the night. That first uninterrupted 6-hour stretch of sleep came no earlier in those who took cereal early.2 People swear otherwise. I suspect the reason is that kids do fall asleep a bit more quickly, and some babies may even go a bit longer between feedings. There is no scientific evidence, though, to support the claim that cereal in the bottle will help an infant increase total sleep or decrease crying.3 Drawing on the wisdom of experience and the latest scientific knowledge, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against adding cereal to the bottle. It may be tempting after your 16th straight sleep-deprived night to cut a bigger hole in the feeding nipple to add rice cereal. But it won’t offer lasting help, and it may be giving your baby a lasting gift that both of you will regret.

 

name - January 12

I found 2 infafeeders but I haven't tried them yet. I've spoon fed him cereal 3 times but he doesn't know to swallow and spits it out!!! As for the obesity, I put cereal in my daughter's bottles and she is normal weight, most likely because she's active and doesn't sit in front of the TV all day long.

 

NatashaV - January 13

My dd is 4.5 months and also has acid reflux and is on Prevacid. I just started her on solids (rice cereal) last week, and she's doing fairly well. I heard that you shouldn't give a baby 'food' in a bottle because they will overeat believing it to be only fluid, and it can increase the spitting up in reflux babies..who knows if this is true. You're in tough though, because a baby who's only 2 months old still has that reflex where they push anything foreign out of their mouths (ie. a spoon, food) with their tongue (apprently this doesn't go away until closer to 4 months). I got a teeny spoon for my dd and I 'pour' the very runny rice cereal mixed with b___st milk into her mouth. That seems to work well. Try a few things..something's bound to work - good luck!

 

name - January 13

Apparently the cereal in the bottle makes his reflux even worse. He has been vomitting soo bad lately, it gushes out. Screw the infafeeder. I have to put sooo many scoops of cereal in it so it wont choke him (make it thick) and it is only a little bit so I still have to give him a bottle. And he has went from eating every 3-5 hours to every 2 hours now since starting the cereal. I don't know if it's cause he's vomitting it all up or what. He has a well baby visit tomarrow, and the doc better do something or I am going to go crazy. I have to bath him 570583 times a day, change his and my clothes and clean everything 697 times a day. I'm sick of it and it is majorly depressing me.

 

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