is food coloring bad for my 3 week old daughter?

Jasmine - posted on 02/01/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )




ok my mother and i were talking about how st.patty day is coming up and I told her that I'm going to put a few drops(like 1-2) of green food coloring in my daughters bottle. my mother said that doing that can get her sick. is that true? is giving her food coloring in her milk going to get her sick?


Denikka - posted on 02/01/2013




I doubt it would make her sick, but as the other two said...just WHY?
At the very very VERY least, it's pointless. There are SO many other ways to celebrate St. Patty's day.
Take it from a partly Irish family who had a child born on St Pats day. We're HUGE on it around here. Shamrocks and green all around. But don't give your baby food colouring. Next year, give her a green cookie. This year, give her a green bottle. There are plenty out there with tinted glass/plastic that you can use, or you can use stickers or something on the ones you already have. No risk of those being harmful.

Besides, a drop or two of colouring isn't going to make her milk green anyway. Formula already has a yellowish tinge to it. The colouring would only make it look NASTY and sickening, not *cool* and green.

Dove - posted on 02/01/2013




Why would you do that? I don't actually know if it will make her sick or not, but she is only 3 weeks old..... What's the point of coloring her milk? She won't care and if there is any possible way it could be harmful to her.... do you really want to risk it?

Liz - posted on 02/01/2013




If your daughter is young enough still to be drinking milk from a bottle, maybe stop and think who exactly you'd be doing this for? If she's not old enough really to notice or understand, then aren't you just doing it for you? Aren't there other ways that you can celebrate and other things that you can color green?

I have no idea whether adding food coloring would be unhealthy, though it wouldn't be my choice to add anything to either breast milk or sterile infant formula, especially something that isn't sterile.


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