How young is "too young"?

Nicole - posted on 12/04/2009 ( 191 moms have responded )

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My 2 month old son is drinking 6oz bottles every three hours. After that, he's still hungry. My grandmother says to go ahead and start adding rice cereal to his one or two of his bottles a day. Is two months too young for that?

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September - posted on 12/04/2009

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I'm really surprised (other than the ones who have done it for medical reasons) that so many parents are offering solids at such a young age. Does it not matter that your baby's digestive system is too immature for solid foods before 4 months. Although a baby can suck very well, they do not have a lot of saliva to help digest food. Until they are at least 3-4 months old, their system lacks certain digestive enzymes, such as an enzyme called amylase, needed for digesting cereals (starches or complex carbohydrates). Their bodies have trouble digesting some fats before they are 6 months old. Some foods will pass through them undigested and end up in his diaper. And some high protein foods, like eggs, meat, and even cow's milk, given too early may cause problems with your baby's immature kidneys. So what's the rush and what's more important than your baby's health? You could always just offer more milk :) At 2 months old that's what's most important anyhow.

Brandy - posted on 12/04/2009

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I would never put food in a bottle. Just my opinion but I think if they can't eat it off of a spoon, they shouldn't be eating it. Most doctors recommend waiting until as close to 6 months as possible and I strongly agree. Put an extra ounce or 2 of formula in his bottle and if he doesn't spit it up, he is probably ready to have more at one time. He could just be going through a growth spurt and need an extra couple ounces for a week or two.

Crystal - posted on 12/05/2009

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The issue with feeding a baby food too early is that their digestive system is immature and they do not have the proper enzymes and bacteria necessary to break down foods. Also the perferations in the small intestines are larger until about 6 months which allows larger particles of food to pass directly into the body which could eventually lead to eczema and other digestive issues. If you were breastfeeding, you could start to introduce some solids around 4 months because breast milk contains the enzymes necessary to break down foods. It really does sound like a growth spurt and as challengeing as it is, it doesn't last long.

Daniele - posted on 12/04/2009

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Do not add cereal to the baby's bottle. When he sucks on the bottle, he could aspirate the cereal into his lungs. And, his tummy is probably not developed enough to handle the cereal. Most babies should not have anything but formula or breastmilk until they are 6 months old. Some doctors recommend starting cereal at 4 months, but that is still controversial. Adding the cereal will not help him sleep longer at night - it will more likely cause stomach upset and constipation. He's probably in a growth spurt and just needs more formula.

Erin - posted on 12/06/2009

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One more thought not intended to scare you, but...
A baby that is constantly hungry could be having difficulty with absorbing. The rice cereal will help make the child feel full, but will not help with what may be a problem of malabsorption.

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Barbara - posted on 11/21/2012

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I never like the idea of rice in the bottle but if your doctor said its okay then I would do it. Why not just add 2 more ounces. I would give him the 6 oz and if he is still fussy I go and put 2 more ounces in the bottle but I would break it up a little. 8 ounces may make him spit it up so I would do it in intervals.

Laura - posted on 01/05/2010

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Can I just asked what route you chose to go down, I hope it was to increase the volume of milk and possibly moving onto a formula such as SMA white. I am shocked that a few have suggested adding cereals to the milk for a child so young, not only would it be like drinking a thick milkshake resulting your child being tired of the suckling rather than satisfying his hunger, only to make the problem worse as he will be more hungry later. Please mums do not go down this route, ask your health visitor before an internet forum!!

Jacqueline - posted on 12/12/2009

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maybe you should check with the ped dr, cause a lot of people do start feeding their baby earlier than 2 months, my daughter dranked formula till she was 6mos. he may really just some comforting if he takes the paci he many just need a pacifier. happy holidays

Roberta - posted on 12/09/2009

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listen to yr. grandma,hon.. Grandma loves the baby and she loves u too. She has a wealth of info. to share with u out of her love for u and yr baby. Make use of her knowledge and let her kno u appreciate her. :)

Kelly - posted on 12/08/2009

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i have 11 wk old twins and they have been getting rice in there bottles for a month now your baby will let you know if they are still hungry

Ashley - posted on 12/08/2009

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I would just do it at night just to try it at first then yes maybe some nap times

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My Son is 10 weeks old and I put 1table spoon of rice cereal in his night time bottle and it helps him sleep longer and also holds his hunger. He is healthy and not over weight. You should try it and see how he handles it.

Jaime - posted on 12/08/2009

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I think it's too young!!!!! But ask your pediatrician before changing the way you feed your baby!! I was told NEVER EVER put cereal into their bottles!!! But plenty of moms have done it for years and they feel it was fine. However starting a baby on cereal or any "solids" before they are physically ready can cause a whole host of complications down the line and throughout his life. That is not a gamble I was willing to make!!

User - posted on 12/08/2009

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some will say that it is wrong, but I did it to mine and I am sure that it was done to you if your grandmother is told you. it's a choice and all you can do is try it.

Cara - posted on 12/08/2009

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my grandmother said she gave her babies barley ceral the first day home from the hospital and i still have all my aunts and uncles so obliously it didnt hurt them if shes still recomending it so i say go ahead and do it. you know the older generation isnt as dumb as everyone thinks they really do know a thing or to maybe even more then you do

Brittany - posted on 12/08/2009

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i started my son on rice cereal on a spoon at 2 months. he was spitting up all the time no matter how much or little formula he had. once i fed him cereal he stopped spitting up. i did not consult my doctor but if you are concerned you should talk to them first. maybe they can help you find a different solution.

Blackwood - posted on 12/08/2009

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From what I've learned in prenatel class, putting cereal in a bottle can be a choking hazzard and his tummy may not beable to digest it anyway. Keep feeding him when he wants it. My son was drinking 4oz every 2hrs at 2 months. He could be growing and it will slow down. My son would eat up too 6 oz every three hours and now he is 4 months old and doesn't eat as much or as often. I would leave out the cereal till at least 4 months old and even then it may be hard for him to digest. Back in the day, they used to put cereal in bottles to fill a baby up, but this may just cause tummy problems.

Blackwood - posted on 12/08/2009

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From what I've learned in prenatel class, putting cereal in a bottle can be a choking hazzard and his tummy may not beable to digest it anyway. Keep feeding him when he wants it. My son was drinking 4oz every 2hrs at 2 months. He could be growing and it will slow down. My son would eat up too 6 oz every three hours and now he is 4 months old and doesn't eat as much or as often. I would leave out the cereal till at least 4 months old and even then it may be hard for him to digest. Back in the day, they used to put cereal in bottles to fill a baby up, but this may just cause tummy problems.

Laura - posted on 12/08/2009

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My son's doctor recommended that we wait until he was at least six months. Alot of old school parents say add, as they did, and I think it's because they believe that the child isn't getting enough and that is why they are cmplaining. What makes you think he is still hungry - just because he will eat? I breast fed and noticed that a child will suck for hours whether they get anything or not just for comfort. If your child is growing at a normal rate, I wouldn't see a reason to introduce anything other than formula or breast milk yet and just try other forms of ditraction and comforting techniques but talking to your doctor would also help ease your concerns also. Good luck.

Tiffanie - posted on 12/08/2009

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some people might say it is but from experience it really doesnt do any harm. i did it with my oldest daughter. she loved it. but i would suggest getting a feeder bottle. they sell them at walmart. its great for feeding your baby formula that has cereal in it.

Pip - posted on 12/07/2009

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I would never put a food into a bottle. i started my son a week before he was 4 months everyone told me not to but i had a feeling thats what he wanted and he did, trust your instincts. you a spoon not in his bottle. good luck

Karrington - posted on 12/07/2009

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I put rice cereal into my sons bottle at one month and now at ten months he is perfectly healthy. Also my aunt put rice in my cousins bottle when he was 6 weeks old, he is now 16 and he has no digestive problems and no food allergies.

Patricia - posted on 12/07/2009

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Not too young all 4 of mine were 1 month and they slept all the way through the night. Start with an evening meal and then move to morning in about a week. 2 tbls

User - posted on 12/07/2009

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My son's pediatrician had me adding a tablespoon of rice cereal for every ounce at two weeks, because he couldn't hold down the formula.

Chasity - posted on 12/07/2009

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no its perfectly fine, my daughter was eating fruits & pablum at 3-4 months of age.. she would not get full off her bottles, so we tryed her on it & she was FINE.. every baby is different.

Chasity - posted on 12/07/2009

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no its perfectly fine, my daughter was eating fruits & pablum at 3-4 months of age.. she would not get full off her bottles, so we tryed her on it & she was FINE.. every baby is different.

Ann-Marie - posted on 12/07/2009

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My son was on 6 to 8 ounce bottles every four hours from birth he was a very big eater. By six months he was on homemade shepards pie, i just never seemed to be able to fill him up. As long as you follow your doctors advice and give your child the right types of food I sure everything will be fine. Some babies just have a really healthy appetite.

Holly - posted on 12/07/2009

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nope i have a three and a half month old and ive been puttin rice cereal in her nite time bottle fer about a month maybie a lil more and she basicly sleeps thru the nite now :)

C. - posted on 12/07/2009

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One of my sisters had a baby over 11 pounds.. She had to give him about 6 or more bottles a day and after a couple months she had to start giving him 10-12 oz bottles, about 6 times a day. Some babies are big eaters, that's normal. Just keep increasing the ounces. And adding cereal to a bottle, no matter how thin it is, can pose a choking hazard to your baby. Not to mention that cereal when they're too young can cause health problems later in their life.

Kelly - posted on 12/07/2009

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Try upping your feeds to 7oz or 8oz first. Then if that doesn't fill him up move on to a feed for hungrier babies before putting rice into his bottle. My eldest was about 2 months old when I had to put rice into his last feed at night.

CYNTHIA - posted on 12/07/2009

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NO, I STARTED PUTTING CEREAL INTO MY CHILDREN FORMULA AT ONE MONTH THEY BEGAN TO SLEEP LONGER WITH LESS FEEDINGS. I WOULD TRY HIM ON CEREAL FIRST.

Gillian - posted on 12/07/2009

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Hi Nicole

I honestly think 6-8 bottles in 24 hours is quite normal.If your son is still hungry after 6ozs i would up his feeds to 7ozs and see if he takes that.I started on 9ozs for my daughter and reduced from that.I made 6 x 9oz bottles in 24hrs.It's quite likely they will take all the milk in one feed and then leave 1oz or so with another.It is just trial and error,for you to figure out how much is enough for your baby.I would say between 6ozs and 9ozs is quite fine.



Goodluck



Gill

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He's too young for solids.



Gillian

Candace-ivy - posted on 12/07/2009

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Heinze Rice cereal disolve the best in the bottles. However Autumn 2 months on the 11th is eating rice cereal off the spoon. She is advance. I started to give her cereal cause she was up to 8oz bottles every 2 to 3 hours and that is alot of fluied. When you buy cereal make sure it says beginners. There is and Iv seen it Night Time Formula which is a little thicker and heavier. I give Autumn 1 scoop from the formula can 3x a day. Also when buying cereal look at the back. Some esp the store brand will have alot of salt in them or alot of sugar. Compare them. I find Heinze is the best.

Kayla - posted on 12/07/2009

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I have always been against that! my daughter was like that and I just increased her feedings to 8oz by the time she was 4 months old i started her on the cerial! their bellies are not fully formed for all that food yet! plus the bottles can get clogged and then the baby has the possability to choke on it! my daughter is now 2 and she 35lbs and 40 1/4 inches tall! she did just fine! also my son weighed 9lbs 6oz at birth! when I brought him home he was drinking 4 oz eveery 3-4 hours... then when he was a month old I increased it to 6 oz every 5 hours! now that he is 5 months old he is eating an 8 ounce bottle every 4 hours... eating veggies... and cerial 3 times a day! he only weighs roughly 13-14 lbs! and is as healthy as can be! your best bet is to ask you childs Dr. some Dr.'s are different but they all have the best info for your baby... but don't forget YOU KNOW YOUR BABY BEST! what works for one baby doesn't always work for another one!

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My advice would be no. With all that I have read over the years after having major problems, I understand it can cause problems such as allergies, digestive problems, etc.

C. - posted on 12/07/2009

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Wow.. I just wanted to remind everyone that just b/c you gave your child cereal anywhere from 2 weeks old to 3 months old and it didn't hurt them, DOESN'T mean it won't hurt this mother's baby! I understand most know to seek the advice of a health care professional after gathering advice, but some of you act like it's nothing. It IS something, especially if the baby already has health problems or their family has a history of health problems. Unless directed by a doctor, 2 months is WAY too young and giving them cereal when they're that young can cause things like IBS when they are adults. Just something to think about.

Penny - posted on 12/07/2009

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I put Cereal in my babies bottles, at night when they were only a month old, because they never were satisfied. After starting the cereal they not only got satisfied but they slept throught the night

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baby is too young 4 foods until 6m it is strongly reccomended that u give them milk, my baby was same v hungry after feeding would feed every hour and i think you should give more milk feeds or change to the milk for hungry babies availble at boots and tescos etc. offer water in between feeds too. good luck.

Julie - posted on 12/07/2009

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I don't think 2 months old is too young to start solids.... My daughter, now aged 25 years old was started on cereals at an early age. We lived in Zimbabwe and she was born at 3 and a half Kilograms, within three weeks she was going through one and a half 6oz bottles of milk every two hours... I started her on cereals then at three weeks and by five weeks she was eating mashed fruit, mashed potatoes and other vegetables.

My son, now 23, was born at 4 and a half kilograms and by 2 weeks old I knew milk just did not satisfy him, he was drinking a 6oz bottle of milk every half hour to 45 minutes, I started him on cereals in his milk at 2 weeks old.... It has never done my children any harm and there age and size now can tell you the same thing... My son is 6ft 4in tall, not overweight but a nice size.... It is up to you, if you feel the child cries regularly between feeds or still cries after a feed, then the milk is definately not enough.

Julie Steenkamp UK

Susan - posted on 12/07/2009

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I have 10 children and 8 of them all started on solids at 6 weeks, I know it is against the rules as I am a nurse, but the eldest is now 27 and we have never had any problems. Mine were all going through approx 8 bottles a day until I did this. My 2nd child weighed 11 lb at birth and he was on 250ml bottles as of 2 weeks we just couldn't keep up with him, solids at 6 weeks never hurt him, he is now 25 years old and is a lean mean muscle machine.

Tania - posted on 12/06/2009

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That is way too young. Their digestive track is not mature enough to digest anything but milk. It can actually cause problems for him when he is older. That is how we become intolerant of certain food stuffs & the baby will suffer in the long run. My son was on just breast milk till 6 months, which is what the paediatricians & nurses recommend. Then only started on baby purity (fruit). He was on breast milk till 9 months. It was hard on me, but he has beautiful strong bones & teeth & is very healthy.



I did notice that when he was going through growth spurts, which are many in the first 18 months, that he drank a lot more milk. He would drink every 2 hours at time. I was concerned that he wasn't getting enough, but the doctors assured me otherwise. And looking at him at 2 1/2yrs, they were right. As first time moms we second guess ourselves all the time. But trust your instinct. If you asking the question, you obviously have doubts.So don't do it. Just doing everything other moms & well meaning family members tell you, does not make it right. Persevere with the milk & the sleepless nights & it will be to your baby's benefit in his life. All the best! The first 5 months were the most difficult for me. It does get easier as you get to know our little bundle better. NOBODY knows what is best for your child better than you. BELIEVE ME.

Kim - posted on 12/06/2009

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well we shouldn't over feed our babies but as long as you control how much he eats it shouldn't be a problem, we know its not a nice thing to be hungry i dont think one or two bottle will be a problem, i started giving my babies rice cereal from three months.

Shamataye - posted on 12/06/2009

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Hello! My daughter is 5 months and I have been adding cereal ( a small amount not even a teaspoon) to her formula since she was 2 months old. She does just fine I use Gerber rice cereal DHA. Your sons pediatrician is probably going to say not to add cereal yet cause my daughters did but I am sure that will help your little one.



ps. my grandmother said the samething... honestly I think they know more than the doctors..

Shamataye - posted on 12/06/2009

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Hello! My daughter is 5 months and I have been adding cereal ( a small amount not even a teaspoon) to her formula since she was 2 months old. She does just fine I use Gerber rice cereal DHA. Your sons pediatrician is probably going to say not to add cereal yet cause my daughters did but I am sure that will help your little one.



ps. my grandmother said the samething... honestly I think they know more than the doctors..

Erin - posted on 12/06/2009

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I am a speech pathologist and have experience working with young infants on feeding and swallowing. There can be nutritional and digestive implications that you need to discuss with your doctor. As an experienced professional in the field of infant swallowing, I do want to caution you that babies this young are not able to manage their oral motor system well enough to swallow rice cereal safely. I would discuss this with someone who is trained to evaluate swallowing and ask them to show you the thinkness that is appropriate for the child and a safe delivery method if, and only if, a doctor has recommended cereal.

Nicole - posted on 12/06/2009

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thats actually normal--feeding a new born every 3-4 hours.If you do start adding cereal its possible that your child wil become constipated and that makes a very fussy baby.My doctor said its not a good idea because the babies digestive system isnt fully developed yet---so good luck with whatever you choose to do

Denise - posted on 12/06/2009

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I would try changing the formula before I would give him cereal, there tummys are not always ready to handle it etc., also you are not supposed to give cereal in a bottle..talk to your Dr. about it...

Carly - posted on 12/06/2009

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I feel sorry for you, so many different opinions.I found the same thing wiyh my baby boy, he always seemed hungry but I decided against adding rice cereal. It drove me mad but I just offered him more breast feeds...sometimes he wants feeds every 2 hrs at night which is hard when you are so tired but this helped me work out the difference between wanting the comfort of the sucking and hunger.Now when it's comfort he wants I give him a really soft towelling facewasher to suck and it sends him off to sleep.Alot of babies want to comfort suck themselves to sleep but wont take a dummy so perhaps dampen a little spot on a face washer and see if that works to help settle him.

Kira - posted on 12/06/2009

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So many pediatricians say that that is too young, and to usually wait until they're about 6 months, but my husband was feed rice cereal when he was two months old, and I was feed rice cereal when I was 3 months old...and we turned out just fine in my opinion! haha Some babies are just really hungry and never satisfied until they get that cereal that just sticks to their stomach longer.

Cari - posted on 12/06/2009

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I can't understand how so many of you are saying after 1 week or 4 weeks you started your infants on cereal and that "it didn't do them any harm". How do you know this? You have no idea what it is doing to their digestive systems. How this will affect them later in life. Why do you think kids have so many allergies these days. You are just setting them up for failure and they are innocent victims.

Tara - posted on 12/06/2009

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I started my son with rice cereal in his bottle at 4 weeks as he was a very hungary baby i started with a very small amount which thickened the bottle a little .. didnt do him any harm :)

Megan - posted on 12/06/2009

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my son was the same way. youve got to do whats best for him. my son isnt an overweight child. hes one and almost 2 feet tall and thin. as long as your baby isnt getting sick with it i dont see why not. but if youre really really worried you should ask your doc. im just a mom. but anyways thats my advice it was good with my son and my bros. they all turned out fine.. my son is 1 and eating the same food i eat, much smaller portion but fruits veggie meat and hes healthy. aso, i did not breastfeed b/c of my epilepsy so thats another factor. if you get a chance talk to your pedi about it theyll have the answers, but tell them the entire story. about how hes still hungry and wont stop being fussy until you give it to him with cereal. everyone is diff.



also your kiddo is adorable.

Casey - posted on 12/06/2009

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Hi, you need to follow your gut, maybe try another formula that has more fibre and fat in it. I added formula to both my kids bottles because I was getting tired of being woken at night and wanted them to sleep through. I was frowned on by some parents and applauded by others but I did what worked for me after looking at options. Trust yourself.

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