Veronica - posted on 01/05/2010 ( 261 moms have responded )
I have been seeing a lot of moms on here recommending to put cereal in baby's bottle to help sleep, hold baby over, etc. and when doing research on it I found that it is often low-income, rural, or young mothers that do it most often because they either can't afford good medical care or are often getting incorrect advice from their grandmothers/mothers. "I did it and you/your mom is just fine." It IS shown to cause higher rates of obesity and often happens in addition to early feeding solids, often as early as 2 weeks! How do you feel about this and how do you react when someone gives/gave you this advice??? I don't want to seem callus when telling someone it is old information when they seem so sure it works and wont hurt. There are even doctors who are behind on their research who still think this is OK. How are we to change this old wives tale? (Please give constructive answers and don't make this a parenting-bash. I know there are plenty of babies that were raised this way that seem fine. I also realize a lot of moms who don't fit the low-income, young, and rural profile do this so I am not attacking anyone's choices, just trying to raise awareness.)
Thanks... Mommy to a happy, breastfed 7 month old.