How do I feed my 3 month old cereal in a bottle without it clogging the nipple?

Leslie - posted on 08/14/2011 ( 29 moms have responded )

26

35

1

For mom's who fed cereal through a bottle for younger babies. How did you manage to not clog the nipples??? My daughter's 3 mo.'s old & isn't getting full. My instincts telling me she's ready for cereal, but not ready to be spoon fed. We bought a Y-cut nipple for her Dr. Brown's bottles (which is what was recommended by the clerk at buy buy baby) & she seems to gag like it's to fast flowing for her. If I use her reg. nipple it get clogged. Any suggestions??? What's a cereal feeder??? Someone originally suggested a special bottle, but couldn't find one anywhere. HELP!

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Cassie - posted on 08/14/2011

0

0

182

If she's not ready for a spoon, she's not ready for cereal. Just give her more formula. She's only 3 months old. Hold off on cereal until closer to 6 months but don't give it to her in a bottle.

Jocelyn - posted on 08/14/2011

5,165

42

275

You don't.
Ask your doctor about it. There are formulas that have extra calories (etc) already added that don't have the added risk of choking.

Amie - posted on 08/14/2011

6,596

20

412

From what you've said (in your OP and PP) it sounds just like a growth spurt. She'll be fine, just keep feeding her more frequently. It will eventually even out and get ready for more to come, babies grow a lot in the first year.

If her doctor is suggesting thickened formula though - he/she will point you in the right direction. There are special formulas now that are nutritious for the babies but are thicker than normal formulas - Emma mentioned it. Rice cereal is a starter food - not a liquid. It's empty calories (as mentioned already) and only used to get infants used to different textures and in many cases because families have a history of allergies. It's meant to be spoon fed, not bottle fed.

Jodi - posted on 08/14/2011

3,562

36

3907

Leslie, rice cereal is essentially empty calories. If your 3 month old is hungrier and wanting to feed more often, she is not wanting a bottle full of cereal, she is most likely just going through a growth spurt and wanting to feed more often for a while. It happens. Giving her more frequent feeds for a little while, with formula or breastmilk which is highly nutritious is FAR better for her than adding rice cereal at this point in her life.

[deleted account]

Cereal is supposed to be eaten, not drunk (drunken?)... if she's not ready for a spoon, she's not ready for food yet.

29 Comments

View replies by

Courtney - posted on 12/12/2013

1

0

0

I know this is old, however I am going through the same thug with my three month old son. We recently went out of town for a week, and in that time he ate 2 1/2 cans of formula. So I called his pediatrician, who told me to give him 5oz bottles, with 2 tbs of CEREAL every 4 hours. He was still acting hungry and screaming and crying to no avail, no matter what we did, so we called back. They advised us to add two more tbs CEREAL to his BOTTLE of formula. He also has reflux, that Zantac made worse, so the cereal solution for his appetite, was also the solution for his reflux.

It is true a baby shouldn't start cereal no sooner than 4 months, UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED BY A DOCTOR. If you couldn't put cereal into a bottle, they wouldn't make cereal nipples! Sometimes it is necessary. None of you are doctors, so you shouldn't berate someone for that choice. Of course always consult your doctor before doing it, but don't listen to people on the Internet. You are mom, you know your baby best. You make the executive decision, regardless if another mom agrees or not.

Sylvia - posted on 08/19/2011

1,315

8

34

You don't. If she's not ready to eat from a spoon, and if she's gagging on the cereal, she is not ready for cereal. (I think 3- and even 4-month-old babies who *are* ready for solid foods are pretty rare.)

I don't know anything about artificially fed babies -- this is way easier when you're nursing, because breasts work on a supply-and-demand system, so when the baby needs more milk, you make more milk -- but I do know about figuring out when to start solids, and 3 months old with a strong gag reflex is not a good a good place to start.

Dana - posted on 08/19/2011

11,264

35

495

Nah, you're not nuts, Leslie. So many older generations did it and think it's fine but, it's not. And then you've got people our age still doing it and passing that info along to you, because someone from the older generation told them to do it..,

I'm glad you came on here and asked the question because now you've got a better, informed answer. :)



As far as your OP, I agree with the others who said growth spurt. That's the first thing that came to my mind. You'll find that this happens often throughout the first year. The neat thing about it is, when it does happen, you'll be now be able to recognize that a growth spurt is coming. It's like one of those cool things that only a mother knows. :)

Jenn - posted on 08/19/2011

675

1

47

Older generations are convinced they did it all the RiGHT way and we young moms know nothing...or that we over think everything. As a mom, you learn to filter it and tap into your mommy instincts for what is right for your child(ren). Logic, research and instinct. The formula to a little less stressful parenting :)

Jessica - posted on 08/19/2011

165

26

15

This is something so many moms do, and honestly, I dont know why. You wouldn't eat cereal out of a bottle, why feed it to your child like that? Like Cassie said, if your child isn't ready to be spoon fed the cereal, then they aren't ready for solids. Babies have signs to show you when they are ready to consume solids. And not to mention that feeding them cereal in a bottle greatly ups your chances of your baby choking on it.Some babies do take solids earlier; I don't follow the silly rule from the Pediatric Association that babies should not be fed cereal or solids under 6 months of age. Both my boys were ready for solids by 2 months, they got their rice cereal once a day with breakfast or supper. Its all up to the baby, but save yourself the potential risk of choking (you said she gags trying to drink the cereal, shes telling you its too much) and just keep trying the spoon every so many days til she gets used to it.

Katherine - posted on 08/18/2011

65,420

232

5195

3 Months is too young for cereal they can't digest it well. Just feed more often.
I would talk to your doctor about this because she could choke or have GI problems. It can constipate her also.

[deleted account]

I don't think anyone thinks your nuts, we all get told to do random things by well intentioned (but wrong) people. You haven't just blindly followed the suggestions, and asked for advice, which we all need every now and then.

Jenni - posted on 08/18/2011

5,928

34

393

Leslie, I don't think you're nuts. My MIL suggested this, as well as my family doctor! :/
I just happened to have researched recommendations prior to these suggestions.

Leslie - posted on 08/17/2011

26

35

1

...I'm not nuts though guys, this is what I've been told to do from older generations...but we decided to wait until she's ready for spoon feeding. :) ty again.

Stifler's - posted on 08/15/2011

15,141

154

604

I get told by people in real life to "start feeding them rice in their bottle" at like 2 months aswell. I just laugh and I'm like Oh yeah I might try that.................. NOT.

[deleted account]

You don't feed your baby cereal in a bottle, if she isn't ready for spoon feeding (or finger feeding) then she isn't ready for solids.



If you feel your daughter isn't being fully satisfied by her milk then try using hungry feeds they are thicker than normal milk and fill baby up more.

Leslie - posted on 08/15/2011

26

35

1

Thanks everyone! After reading everyone's replies I think I'
ll just continue to feed her more often & at her next check up inquire if I should reintroduce it through spoon feeding as early as 4 months which I've read or wait off til closer to six. (My older daughter started cereal at 4 mo.s). Thanks again for all of the advice. I do have to admit though I was quite surprised that the general census was not to feed cereal through a bottle. I've been told by so many others in the past that I should have tried that with my oldest. Thanks again everyone. :)

Ella - posted on 08/15/2011

88

0

3

Tara is right it will lead to bad constipation probs thats why I say use veges and fruit, please stay clear of the rice cereal if you can avoid it. If your baby doesn't eat from a spoon Id just wait another few weeks and try again as hard as it is, but obviously its up to you

Ella - posted on 08/15/2011

88

0

3

hey try spoon feeding/? Can confuse the baby when you put it in a bottle. And go with something other then rice cereal maybe fruits and veges...my bestie had troubles with the rice cereal in the bottle her bub coudlnt get it out i told her to make the teats bigger so thats the only thing I can suggest if you really want to do it

Nikki - posted on 08/15/2011

5,263

41

574

I agree with the general consensus that adding rice cereal is not recommended. Demand feed your baby and wait until 6 months to introduce solids. Here is an article which explain the reasons behind the recommendation to exclusively breast or bottle feed for the first 4-6 (depending on where you live) months of life.

http://www.drgreene.com/qa/baby-bottles-...

Tara - posted on 08/15/2011

2,567

14

114

You don't.
Eating requires a need, a want, and the readiness to be able to sit up, swallow and digest food.
Your daughter is not ready for solid food. Cereal is a solid food, not meant to be put in a bottle, meant for a spoon.
Talk to your doctor. And feed her more frequently, she is only 3 months and at that age should still be fed on demand, whether it's the breast or a bottle of formula. She doesn't need rice cereal, it's empty calories and will likely lead to constipation which is a road you don't want to travel down, especially with a baby so young.
Please take all the advice here and go talk to your doctor.

Jenni - posted on 08/15/2011

5,928

34

393

If she were ready for cereal, you wouldn't need to feed it to her in a bottle and she wouldn't be gagging on it.

"Signs that indicate baby is developmentally ready for solids include:
• Baby can sit up well without support.
• Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue.
•Baby is ready and willing to chew.
•Baby is developing a “pincer” grasp, where he picks up food or other objects between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and scraping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) does not substitute for pincer grasp development.
• Baby is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in his mouth."

http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...

[deleted account]

3 month old babies are hungry all the time. It seems like they are not getting full because they are going through a heavy growth spurt. It happens again at 6ish months. If i were you i would stick to what she was being fed, and offer it more frequently.

Stifler's - posted on 08/14/2011

15,141

154

604

You get a thickened fluids nipple and buy AR formula. Avent ones say 3 months plus in pink and have a slit and you hold them differently to change the flow. Gagging and acting hungry straight after a feed etc. are signs of reflux. Even if they don't spew.

Ez - posted on 08/14/2011

6,569

25

237

Forget the cereal. Just feed her more often. Bottle-fed babies deserve to be fed on demand as well. It may be a growth spurt like Jodi said, or she may be working her way up towards taking more in at one feeding. Either way, follow her cues and feed her when she is hungry. But don't force the rice cereal on her through a bottle.

[deleted account]

Feeding her more frequently is probably better on her tummy then filling it even more with cereal. Just keep in mind that the more cereal you add, the less formula she's going to take in and that's actually reducing her nutrition which is opposite of what you want. It just might be tiring but babies do go through growth spurts at this time and willl need to be fed more often than not.

Trust me, it will even out and it will only *feel* like forever. You can do it!

Leslie - posted on 08/14/2011

26

35

1

she's not wanting any more formula at a feeding she's just feeding more often.

Leslie - posted on 08/14/2011

26

35

1

I was just going buy what other moms have told me to do. :) I think I'll call her dr. to see what he thinks. :)she's not wanting any more milk at each feeding, but her feedings are going closer in bec. she's starting to sleep through the night. thank you all.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms