is it safe????

Nikita - posted on 06/06/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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my son is 8weeks and i give him a bit of rusk mixed wiv foemular so its runny like formular on its own just to fill him up a bit more and only @ nite, he sleeps through when he has some just before bed but i have heard that its not safe any suggestions?

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Brooke - posted on 06/24/2009

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I wouldn't add it to his bottle but try spoon feeding it to him... I havn't heard of a baby choking from it or rice cereal being added to the bottle but I wouldn't take the risk.

Nikita - posted on 06/23/2009

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thanks for your help i have stopped giving it him now, he started gettin serious constipation but that was actually his formular he was on hungry baby, i have now put him oon comfort for easy digestion and he is goin very well he sleeps through now he is growin up so fast holding his head up and trying to sit up he is a hungry baby but i got the signs mixed up he just had a poorley belly and was feedin all the time to push wind and poo out so keep an eye out for constipation my sweet lil man is now 3months and VERY happy thanx to all yor replys x

Mel - posted on 06/23/2009

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thanks darl, ive decided since the formula is already thick and taking an hour and more to go thru her ng tube i will just stick to the high calorie formula thanks anyways

Nikita - posted on 06/23/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

woah if they contain that much fat maybe i should try them in my little ones bottle for weight gain. how do you crush them small enough for the bottle? it doesnt make the formula too thick does it?



i used a spoon, put the rusk in a dry bowl and crush it with a spoon until it is a fine powder, it made the milk a lil bit thicker but i only used a quater of a rusk

Ashley - posted on 06/13/2009

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Everything that I have read and talked to people about have said not to give ANYTHING other than breastmilk or formula to babies under four months of age due to their digestive tract not being up to par just yet. I would talk to your pediatrician before doing anything else.

Natalie - posted on 06/12/2009

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I personally would be really wary of giving your baby anything other than breast milk of formula, the WHO say def no solids untill after 17 weeks.

Mel - posted on 06/07/2009

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no i never even knew there was a fatty part of breast milk. my child health nurse just said if she continues this way she'll need to go on formula i felt so guilty for what she'd been thru i went out and got that formula as soon as she walked out the door. had no idea even what i was looking at but came home with the s26. like ive said on other posts i got lazy after a while and didnt express to keep my milk up anymore even though for a little bit i was giving her about one bottle of breast milk per day. we didnt get her tongue tie fixed til she was 3 months so i couldnt breast feed. i was wanting to try and increase my milk supply but then i went to a doc and they told me honestly it didnt matter if she was formula or breast fed and there was no need to go back to breast milk. i was really glad afterwards and happy with my choice with formula because i know how formula fed babies gain more weight

Melissa - posted on 06/07/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

yeah it makes sense. she doesnt eat any food so my only choice to get weight on is thru the bottle and formula. my partner said it prob wouldnt make a difference for her anyway :)



Just curious when your docs were trying to put wieght on brianna and you still were making breast milk did they ever as you to pump let the milk setttle then scoop the great fatty nutritous part off the top an either use that in



 a) another pumped bottle of breast milk to double the fat or to



 b) put the fatty part of the milk into the formula



Just because that is the part with all the great things breast milk has the rest is to quench thirst to say it  simply



 



The fatty part typically comes in at the end of a breast feed and one of the reasons smaller babies do not gain weght on bm is becasue they get tired before they get to the fatty milk if that makes sense so some women also pump for a few minutes then feed the fatty part.



Just a little info on how to get bm more fatty an easy way

Mel - posted on 06/07/2009

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yeah it makes sense. she doesnt eat any food so my only choice to get weight on is thru the bottle and formula. my partner said it prob wouldnt make a difference for her anyway :)

Sarah - posted on 06/07/2009

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i used to put one in a bowl and pour the formula over it, then mash it up. it's pretty gloopy, i wouldn't put it an a bottle!! also, i don't think it's 'good' fat that's in it. if that makes sense! :)

Mel - posted on 06/07/2009

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woah if they contain that much fat maybe i should try them in my little ones bottle for weight gain. how do you crush them small enough for the bottle? it doesnt make the formula too thick does it?

Sarah - posted on 06/07/2009

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i would avoid Rusks, i gave them to both of mine as babies, but it recently came to light that Rusks contain more sugar and fat than chocolate digestives!!! (this came out after my two were having them!)
i also wouldn't put anything into the bottle, it can be a choking hazard. :)

Mel - posted on 06/06/2009

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i agree it does cause constipation! if a baby is having trouble sleeping id recommend trying it but otehrwise just to give a baby solids i would not recommend rice cereal at all. it does cause severe constipation and alot of babies scream just at the taste of it

Brittany - posted on 06/06/2009

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Adorable baby by the way!!! My daughter just started smiling when she's happy, haven't been able to capture a pic yet. He has a beautiful smile.

Brittany - posted on 06/06/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

rice cereal is a little safer then rusks that said your the mumma if it works for you go for it. most people with babies that dont sleep well put cereal in the bottle as young as a week or to but personally i woudlnt do it til about 6 weeks. at 8 weeks you could always try spoon feeding some cereal. good luck



I agree with melissa, I don't know what rusk is, but I've used the rice cereal. My daughter latched better and didn't choke at all (she chokes on formula). However, I quit because I was worried she was having trouble pooping because of it. I think you could try it and see how it goes. I don't think trying it out will have major affects.



 



One thing I'd suggest is to feed it to your baby during the day the first time, so you can monitor them and if there are no problems, then try it at night.

Kylie - posted on 06/06/2009

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It's a myth that rusks and rice cereal mixed in formula helps babies sleep longer. For the first 4-6 months of life babies should only have formula or breast milk because that is all their immature digestive system can handle plus putting cereal in bottles is a choking hazard. At 8 weeks a baby should be waking about every 4- 5 hours for a feed. It's up to you but personally i wouldn't put anything in his bottle except formula, read the rusk pack and i bet it says for babies aged 6 months and over.

Mel - posted on 06/06/2009

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rice cereal is a little safer then rusks that said your the mumma if it works for you go for it. most people with babies that dont sleep well put cereal in the bottle as young as a week or to but personally i woudlnt do it til about 6 weeks. at 8 weeks you could always try spoon feeding some cereal. good luck

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