Why such controversy over feeder bottles?

Samantha - posted on 05/28/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I just don't understand why so many people are against it? If your 6 month old or older uses it when you go out, and don't feel like lugging around a highchair and doing the whole spoon thing what;s the problem? Choking hazard? Well I guess anything can be dangerous, but my child has never choked on his, however he had coughed while drooling during teething. Slows down ability to eat from a spoon? Nope, he does fine he can even feed himself with a spoon at 7 months. I just dont know why people have such a problem with it. When I am out, or traveling It is so helpful. If you are against them please share why, and if you are for them please share as well. I think they're fantastic!

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BELINDA - posted on 12/20/2013

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None of this has a thing to do with obesity. Why is it a family of 4 kids all are feed the same and only one turns out obese, your theory is stupid. Obesity is cause a lot by your mental state not what your mother fed you.

BELINDA - posted on 12/20/2013

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Yes and the kids of this day are turning out so wonderful. Hey wake up and look around I think the mothers of 20-50 years ago could teach you idiots a few things. I believe this formula and all this fake crap you are giving these kids are harming them more than anything

Allison - posted on 05/29/2009

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There can also be a problem with the oral motor development of a baby who gets "solid" food out of a bottle. The jaw muscles that are needed to move food around in the mouth, the coordination that takes place with using the tongue, and other oral motor issues don't have a chance to develop when baby doesn't get to have real foods, pureed or textured. This can lead to problems with speech development, texture aversion, and other feeding issues.

Foods really are for exploration and experimentation until age 1, and not for nutrition or for them to get full on. By allowing baby to explore their food with their hands, mouths, and the whole body, you are encouraging the development of healthy eating habits, sensory experiences, and independence. A spoon is not needed and, in fact, I rarely use a spoon with my kids and often tell parents the same thing - even though it's messy, it is so much more important for development for eating to be a whole-body experience rather than a fill-up. If you don't have time to deal with the mess, nurse or bottle feed - again, for kids under a year solid foods should not be replacing the nutrition or amount of liquid (breastmilk or formula) baby is getting.

BELINDA - posted on 12/20/2013

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Yeah let's don't use utensils be cave men that's much better. SMH. I have two grown kids I used it with they have no problems and had no problems either but I see a lot of problems in the kids of today think about maybe all of your strafe goes maybe effecting them.

Samantha - posted on 05/29/2009

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I guess I should explain the logistics of the bottle, it is a 4 oz bottle with a nipple, the nipple is a bit bigger than most other bottles to allow solids to pass through. It has a strainer piece right before the nipple so as not to allow anything to pass that is bigger than a couple of millimeters in diameter, and finally it has a piece that vacuums the food upward as they eat, using the suction to do so. You can't use any food over stage one really, because the pieces will get stuck in the strainer, and block suction. Even stage one peas tend to get stuck from time to time. I keep hearing its a choking hazard, from some of the moms on the site, but with this system I really can't see how. Also the nipple is bigger but not so much bigger, so any solid piece of food if somehow it made it through the strainer stage, would not be able to pass through the nipple.

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Libby - posted on 05/29/2009

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Quoting Jenifer:

Wow - I'd never even heard of feeder bottles before. I knew some people put rice cereal in bottles, but I didn't know about putting baby foods in them. You're right, anything can be dangerous, and I'm sure that most babies do just fine with them. But that's doesn't mean they're not still a choking hazard. With baby cereal, I know it usually has a warning right on the box saying not to put it in a bottle because of the choking risk. Just because something isn't safe doesn't mean you won't find those items on the market. I know I bought a car seat insert before my son was born, not realizing that they aren't safe, either.



Exactly.  There are people using things that aren't even legal in this country, like car seats and such.  And yet people are being chastised for something that is legal and yet because someone says they are unsafe or has some unfound proof that it leads to a medical problem, there tends to be all of this controversy.  Here's my take on things like this.  If you're using something as it was recommended and you are satisfied with it (and it's legal to use where you live) then why should we chastise a person for using it.  Most of the things we buy are for personal satisfaction and convenience anyway.  We could all find something that someone else buys or uses that we would never use.  That is strictly personal choice.

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Wow - I'd never even heard of feeder bottles before. I knew some people put rice cereal in bottles, but I didn't know about putting baby foods in them. You're right, anything can be dangerous, and I'm sure that most babies do just fine with them. But that's doesn't mean they're not still a choking hazard. With baby cereal, I know it usually has a warning right on the box saying not to put it in a bottle because of the choking risk. Just because something isn't safe doesn't mean you won't find those items on the market. I know I bought a car seat insert before my son was born, not realizing that they aren't safe, either.

Libby - posted on 05/29/2009

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Quoting Tamara:

Its not just the choking hazard that it presents but it also can lead to obesity, diabetes, and other maladies. Its recommended against by every major medical organization both in and out of the US. I'd have to say if so many are saying that its a bad idea, there's something to it, you know?



Anything can be a choking hazard.  But why would you say this leads to obesity, diabetes and other maladies??  Is a person more apt to over feeding a child by using this?  Or do you have to add something to the food in order to use this?  I'm sorry, even though I don't know anything about this item I see blaming this item for obesity and diabetes is just a scape goat.  Maybe I'm missing something since I've never used this before. 

Libby - posted on 05/29/2009

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I don't even know what a feeder bottle is. Guess I'm out of the loop. My boys are 7 & 5 now and I don't remember seeing anything about this then. My next one is due in October so I'll have to check out all the new gadgets. But I guess what worked well for me the last 2 times will probably work just as well this time. Guess we'll find out!

Samantha - posted on 05/29/2009

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Yeah, that is true. I think that some people use them as a crutch. Whenever I use mine with my son, I give him the same amount of food as he would get otherwise. When he was a solely breastfed baby his weight was in the 98% percentile, and now he's in the 50% percentile. I think that like with anything some people use it to excess, which is why it got such a bad name. I am,however, concerned if it is linked to diabetes and such. The thing is, my Mom works for NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences), and she said it really hasn't been out there long enough to really collect enough data to support that is does cause any of the listed hazards concerning health, but what the studies do say it that based on the levels of different things in the body, it puts some of the children at risk for these health issues. Some of the children may be predisposed to some of them, ( due to family history and whatnot) and others are as risk because of abuse of the bottles. There are still strong statements against the use of the bottles, sure. But if there was hard evidence, the bottles would either be taken from the market or have to have a disclaimer stating the risks. I still think that if used in moderation they are a great thing. But ,there again, along with responsible parenting, where you don't use it to excess and you monitor them while they use it. We live in a world today where everything seems to pose a threat of some sort, we have so much data that we didn't have back even 10 years ago. I guess we just have be the best parents we can be and use our best judgment to make calls for our kids, there are so many negligent parents out there these days that everything has to have a warning on it, that to us, seems like it would be common sense. I don't know I like the bottles and will still use them but as soon as anything comes out with cold hard factual proof that its bad, then I will toss them. Its just I am on the move quite often and on the occasions when I am out with my son and its food time they have been so handy and helpful.

Tamara - posted on 05/28/2009

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Its not just the choking hazard that it presents but it also can lead to obesity, diabetes, and other maladies. Its recommended against by every major medical organization both in and out of the US. I'd have to say if so many are saying that its a bad idea, there's something to it, you know?

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I've never used one because for one, I never had a reason to. I never minded taking out a spoon and baby food. Also, my pediatrician said it was a choking hazzard so I just never considered getting one. I know my sister in law used one with all three of her kids and never had a problem though. Everything is a risk with our children so I think we all just have to listen to our instincts and do what works for us individually.

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