Why do people not recommand ppl to not feed babys baby food in there bottle?

Kristian - posted on 06/07/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Thats the only way my baby will eat his baby food if its in the bottle i do that that way he gets both. He ate from the spoon at frist but now he totally refuses it. Please Help!!

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Brianna - posted on 06/11/2011

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they can choke also there swallowing motions are not perfected yet and they might get some of the cereal in there lung which will get infected and cause serious problems

Jenn - posted on 06/07/2011

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It is not a good idea because you may throw the "I'm full" instinct off kilter; more importantly, babies have been known to aspirate cereal when cereal is mixed in a bottle with formula or breast milk. babies who are just learning to eat solids seldom know how to properly swallow anything other than breast milk or formula and gulping or "inhaling" a bottle with cereal in it may have deadly consequences.

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Shanna - posted on 06/10/2011

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You could try one of those mesh feeders. You put fresh food in the mesh bag part and then baby can suck on it. If he's not using a spoon, just give time. I would hold 1 spoon to feed him and would give him a different spoon to play with - worked for my son.

Michelle - posted on 06/10/2011

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Cereal in a bottle can lead to obesity as many have said and they are learning to eat at that age as was also said. Cereal has been linked to increased ear infections in babies also. It is also very much a choking hazard.

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I dont see how it can effect that when he drinks formula and eats babyfood whats the problem with it mix togather? i dont understand



Why do you want to mix it together? Nutritionally, babies don't need anything but breastmilk or formula for the first year of life. Around 6 months or so, we start offering solids in order to "teach" babies how to eat for when they do need more and are starting to wean off the breast or bottle. It's essentially practice.



Putting food in their bottles does nothing to teach them about chewing and textures, and it's not necessary nutritionally.



It may cause possible harm (choking, obesity issues, etc.) with no benefits.

Karen - posted on 06/08/2011

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by having food in a bottle a baby learns to drink a large number of calories and the brain doesn't get the time to process that they are full as it would by having a child eat from a spoon. by eating from a spoon the child has a pause between bites and this allows the brain time to receive the signal that they are full. by feeding food in a bottle the child's body will not get the signal like it nomally would and this allows the child to overeat. overtime the child's body will just learn to ignore the full feeling and sets them up for a life long struggle with food and weight. this quote i'm attatching below is from drgreene.com and although it talks about cereal in bottles (as that's more common then food) it applies to foods as well.


"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."

Kristian - posted on 06/08/2011

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He is 7 months my doctor told me to contiune trying to feed him off a spoon she dosent recommand to feed him out of a bottle baby food because choking hazzard and if i do becareful she didnt say nothing about health and weight problems and how is that even possible? I dont see how it can effect that when he drinks formula and eats babyfood whats the problem with it mix togather? i dont understand

Karen - posted on 06/08/2011

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did you try different spoons? sounds silly but my son went through three different types of spoons before he found one he liked to use. also, while you feed him do you give him a spoon of his own to be holding? at his age (i saw he's 7 months, correct?) they like to be playing with the spoon. like some others have said, food in the bottle can be a choking hazard as well as leading to health/weight issues later in life. keep trying with the spoon, he's certainly old enough to be using one, it may take some time but keep using it.

Tasha - posted on 06/07/2011

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I have heard that the danger in putting cereal in the bottle is that it can be a choking hazard. If your son will not eat from his spoon, maybe hes not ready, if he is though feeding it in his bottle will not teach him how to eat from a spoon. Be patient, as long as he is thriving, gaining weight and healthy and happy theres no rush, how old is he by the way? Has his dr said anything about it?

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