Cereal in baby bottles

Brenda - posted on 07/30/2016 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Hey moms !! Its my first timee on this so I'm not sure I'm doing this right , so anyways my question is i have a 2 month old baby (shes my first) she really has trouble with reflux so my ppd told me to add rice cereal in her bottle, the thing is it isn't helping at all , I told her doctor this but she doesn't seem to give me another solution so I've been reading online and everyone says oatmeal cereal is better , should I try with organic oatmeal or keep trying with the rice cereal... ?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/31/2016

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Check into a soy based formula. See if you can get a sample or two, so you are not out the expense of a whole can if it doesn't help.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/31/2016

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Brenda, what formulas have you tried? My eldest had reflux, and we finally had to put him on a soy based organic formula. That helped until he was old enough to take more pureed foods. I'll try to remember the brand...22 years is a long time ago!

Dove - posted on 07/31/2016

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Before I read any responses... my son also had reflux and the doctor (an excellent ped) would have recommended cereal in the bottle if he had been bottle fed. He was breastfed strictly from the tap though... so only got breast milk and his reflux meds (which sometimes helped, sometimes didn't). He nursed for comfort and nursed a LOT... and thankfully pretty much outgrew the reflux around 6 months old. He didn't really spit up much, but he was a CRANKY baby quite often. When his sisters had been babies though... they were classified as 'happy spitters'... spit up all the time, but it never seemed to bother them much at all.

Ev - posted on 07/31/2016

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It is just that most of what I had heard was not to use food until 6 months of age no matter what is going on and that it can actually cause more harm than good but since Jodi has pointed out another side to this, do try her suggestions and switching the LO's doc. I had to do that once for my son for another reason though. He got an ear infection at about 8 months of age. And for the next several months it was on and off again. All they would give me at the main doc's office was amoxicillin and after the two weeks on it he would be find only to start up again within another week after the final dosage. I do not think he ever got clear of it. I took him to a ped doc and they told us that we would try another form of antibiotic and give it a month and see how he did. If he did not clear up, it would be tubes. Lucky for us, this time the meds he got worked and he went to that ped doc from then on.

Ev - posted on 07/31/2016

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Sorry about that Brenda. Most of what I have been told is no food items until 6 months. But again if this is not working and docs are not giving you other options maybe another doctor's opinion is needed.

Brenda - posted on 07/31/2016

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Mary I wasn't looking for someone to shame me from it , I was actually looking for other people's opinions.. but their are some old schooled moms here that just want to argue with you

Brenda - posted on 07/31/2016

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Thank you Jodi for not making me feel like I'm doing a wrong to my baby ! I would never do something to my LO if it wasn't recommended by any ped.

Mary E. - posted on 07/31/2016

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Wow First time mom follows her pediatrician's directons. She is upset enough without someone she trusted to get advice from to shame her for it.😐

Mary E. - posted on 07/31/2016

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If what the doctor tells you doesn't work or they are not giving you other options single grain cereal of your choice should be fine. Just wondering if you increased the hole size in the nipple to make sure she is gething the cereal.
Another thing to consider is your child's pediatrician is there for you not the other way around. If her issue isn't being addressed in a way you think it needs to be ,find someone who will. My daughter wouldn't let me feed her from the time she was born. She spent more calories fighting me than I ever got her to eat. Her father worked but she would eat for him. Her doctor kept making the time between visits shorter because she was losing weight. I had explained to him the problem I was having he offered not a single solution he made me feel like I was a terrible mother and that he believed I was at fault some how. I suggested bottle propping and he said absolutely not it will rot her teeth. Which I felt she was born teething I'm just her mother what do I know. When the follow-up appointment was at 2 days he said if she has lost anymore weight I am putting her back in the hospital to find out why.
I bottle propped her and cried the whole time but she drank every drop. When her father got home he fed her too. She had stopped loosing weight and by 2 weeks was back to birth weight and two more weeks he told me my daughter was thriving. I burst into tears and fired him and then explained to him what I had to do to achieve her thriving. I couldn't fire him sooner because in CA even something as peculiar as failure to bond can get CPS involved if not handled in the right way.

Thanks for listening and hope it helps.

Jodi - posted on 07/30/2016

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Actually, Evelyn,to be fair to the OP, it is very common for one of the treatments for reflux to be to thicken formula with a little rice cereal, and is frequently recommended by pediatricians, even for infants under 6 months. This is one of the exceptions to the rule of not feeding a baby solids before 6 months - but only if recommended by a pediatrician and as per their instructions.

http://www.rch.org.au/clinicalguide/guid...

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/abdominal/Pages/GERD-Reflux.aspx

Having said this, however, clearly this has been tried and isn't working for this baby. I believe there are formula thickeners available, but there is also a recommendation for smaller, more frequent feedings, so maybe you could try that instead. Both of those websites I have provided can give you some other tips on what to try, but if none of it is working, I would suggest going back to see your doctor and let them know what you've tried, as there are also medicines available that may help.

Ev - posted on 07/30/2016

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It is not safe for your child. It will cause other digestive issues in life. You need to only give breast milk or formula. I am a mom....my kids are grown and one has raised two totally breast fed babies...they did not get food until they were over 6 months of age! What part of this do you not get? Baby's stomachs are not designed for food as yet.

Ev - posted on 07/30/2016

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i do not know what kind of doctors you are seeing for your child--but pretty much any doctors that are peds docs do not recommend feeding an infant under 6 months any food at all.

Ev - posted on 07/30/2016

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Actually, at 2 months no baby needs cereal and it could make the reflux worse for her. I would be getting another opinion from another doctor.

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