Cereal in a bottle (of BM)?

Lara - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My 7 1/2 month old son is a frequent night feeder. Lately he is waking about every 2 hours, HUNGRY. So I breast feed him. He is also very small (14 lbs 6 oz this week), and super active, crawling, pulling himself to standing, never still.



I give him a bottle (of pumped breast milk) at night before I go to sleep, in the hopes of getting a bigger meal into him than if he nursed. And I recently asked the pediatrician about putting cereal in that bottle. She said the concern was if he spit up that he might choke. I'd heard of concerns about baby obesity (obviously not the concern for my little guy) but never read or heard of this spitting up worry before. Any one else hear this? Any thoughts about the pros and cons of cereal in a bottle?



He used to go up to 7 hours at night, until he became more mobile.



Thanks!

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Rebecca - posted on 02/04/2010

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I agree with your Dr. there is a huge concern of aspiration when cereal is given in a bottle. It can be caused because when the baby drinks from a bottle the milk just flows into the babys mouth (usually because the hole in the nipple has to be made bigger) and the baby has to gulp down the milk and cereal, this can make baby swallow alot of air into the tummy and become "trapped" and not released even with burping. This also makes the baby drink alot more and alot more faster then they normally would. Then when they are laid down to bed it can cause the food to reflux (or be pushed back up) by the trapped gas and the baby may spit up and then take a breath breathing the liquid and the food into the lungs causeing pneumonia or even death.....Its a rare thing but has and can happen (Im a paramedic and have gone to a few calls like this in my career) so is it a good thing when it might not even make him sleep longer? Its totally up to you but for me I dont think it is something that I would risk happening.

Nadine - posted on 02/04/2010

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I have read in many places NEVER to do that because it can be a choking hazard!!!

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Joni - posted on 02/09/2013

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Cereal mixed with breastmilk thr baby most likly will not choke. When cereal it mixed with breastmilk it does not hold its bulk it doesn't thicken if it gets too thick leave it sit for a minute and it becomes very watery. Don't allow your baby to lay down flat with a bottle rather it has cereal or not. You can choke on liquid. I have 3 boys and have mixed cereal fruit veggies in their bottles none of my babies choked

Lara - posted on 02/07/2010

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I spoon feed him oatmeal and usually lamb with prunes before starting the bedtime routine. Everything is organic and made from scratch. I've been taking introducing solids super slow, working closely with our pediatrician, as there are several fatal food allergies in my family. And of course I rely primarily on breastfeeding for nutrition. He has a small stomach, only takes about 3 1/2 oz from a bottle or nurses from one breast per meal. I think he's just a frequent, small meals, kind of guy. And he's so very active lately...

I'll keep trying to get him to slow down long enough to get food into him during waking hours and hopefully he'll return to sleeping longer stretches again. I know I'll be sad when he no longer wakes to nurse at all in the night, right along with being relieved.

Thanks everyone.

Kari - posted on 02/07/2010

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Martha - It can lead to more than breastfeeding issues. But that's a whole other thread. Happy Birthday to your daughter - after 1 it just gets so much more exciting. :)

Martha - posted on 02/07/2010

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kellymom is wonderful. I love it because it is all fact based information, no theories, no "well my grandmom used to do this" kinda stuff, just facts and the studies to back them up. My baby girl just turned a year today and she nurses more than i can count! lol, but i wouldnt have it any other way, and like i said before she eats everything and anything, she loves her food too. :) It's upsetting that so many moms are given bad information from people like doctors and family members ya know? That poor info is usually what leads to a lot of BFing issues.

Kari - posted on 02/07/2010

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Thank you Martha for this reply. I agree with you completely. My DS, 18 months, didn't start doing a lot of solids until around 10 months, but did some here and there until then. He still nurses, but only about 3 times a day. I think kellymom.com is a wonderful site that will help with a lot of issues.

Martha - posted on 02/07/2010

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I didn't start regularly (daily) giving my daughter solids until around 8months. Today is her first birthday and she eats EVERYTHING. She never ate jarred baby food because well for one thing its flavorless and gross (seriously would you want to eat that???) and she went straight to regular food, chunks of banana and avocado...and now she eats everything, and i mean EVERYTHING, spinach, meats, fruits, yogurt, cheese, sweet potato, avocado is still her favorite though. Also, nutritionally speaking babys don't NEED anything but breastmilk for the first year of life, solids are there for practice and fun. Another thing, baby cereal is really just junk food, empty carbs that mess with the baby's blood sugar levels, and alot of times mess up their sleep if given to close to bed time. Go to kellymom.com for some good tips and info. And babies sleeping patterns change frequently so you shouldnt really worry.

Casey - posted on 02/07/2010

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i would spoon feed him rice cereal.. that is what i do and my baby is 4mo.. plus it helps teach him how to eat :)

Elissa - posted on 02/07/2010

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Actually at 6 months the needs for essential minerals and vitamins changes and breastmilk alone is not sufficient for any child. That is why exclusive breastfeeding is only recommended up to 6 months. Also the longer you leave it to introduce solids the more problems kids can have with taking different things. And breast-fed babies can go straight to stage 2 diets, they dont need it pureed and actually benefit from small lumps as it accustoms them to different textures.

I find my 5 months old is feeding 2 hourly during the night but I know exactly why it is. The wee monster is so busy playing during the day he isnt eating as much. So I have started having to take him away into a quiet room to feed him so he is full. He gets cereal and fruit about 3 or 4 because it gave him awful colic overnight giving it at teatime but some people swear by it at night - just depends on baby. Putting cereal in a bottle is def a choking hazard but there is no reason he cant have it in a bowl. As I said, I give fruit as well and today he had wholemeal toast and butter at lunch. Would have liked to make it to 6 months but physiologically he is about as developed as a 6 or 7 month old so cant hold him back physically because of a number, much as I wanted to. Good luck!

Kari - posted on 02/07/2010

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I don't agree that by 6 months a baby must be introduced to something more solid. Breast milk can suffice just fine...but he may be wanting more and some cereal before bed in a bowl is good :)

Michelle - posted on 02/07/2010

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It is not uncommon for a Dr to recomend this for a child with reflux , rice cereal in a bottle to weigh the milk down . I have never heard of the choking thing . And generally when you put rice cereal in the bottle it is no more than a tiny bit .
If he is 7 1/2 moths old are you feeding him jars of baby foods yet ? I am against putting cereal in one of those cereal bottles because essentially it "force" feeds them , However actually giving him a meal of cereal with a spoon might help before bed , then top it off with some breast milk .
By 6 months a baby needs to be introduced to somethig more solid . If he has not that might be why he is so hungry .

Kari - posted on 02/05/2010

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I agree - don't put it in his bottle. But you can give him some cereal before bed... about an hour before so you know it's not too much and he hasn't spit it up. This will give him a full time and then before you put him down you can give him some bm either by nursing or a bottle. However, the hunger is probably not totally the issue. He's learning new things, wants to practice and play and be a active at all hours. He's probably teething too. This is all normal and will pass.

Nichole - posted on 02/05/2010

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I agree with everyone. You aren't supposed to put cereal in a bottle because of the chance of choking.

Becky - posted on 02/05/2010

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If you want to give him cereal before bed, why not just mix it up and spoon feed it to him before you give him his bottle?

Kristina - posted on 02/03/2010

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Ive never heard of that either. I was just warned by my WIC lady that they dont recommend putting cereal in the bottle because it contributes to childhood obesity.

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