Re: Small amount of cereal in bottle
Sorry your baby is giving you such a rough time! I would take her to the pediatrician and discuss the issue you're having. Based on the behavior you describe, I'm thinking that she might have some reflux. The old treatment for reflux was "thickened" feeds- basically, just what you did the other night with the rice flour and bottle. But there are other, better options now- from simple things like positioning baby upright after feedings to anti-reflux drugs like Zantac.
What are her poops like? I would be reluctant to suspect a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance without lots and lots of green poops.
I think it's great that you're trying the dairy elimination- a dairy allergy could explain a lot.
Our elders did a lot of things that we wouldn't do today, all based on the medical advice of their day. I don't think you will find any current, widely-respected medical advice advocating introduction of cereal or other solids prior to 4 months, minimum.
It appears the world is divided on when to introudce "solid" food to infants. Pediatricians seem to say no earlier than 4 months. But most elders say they did it. My wife and her brothers were all spoon fed cereal at 6-weeks. Several other older mothers I know say they were using cereal by about a month.
The method of delivery doesn't matter. Solids are solids, whether they come via bottle or via spoon.
The problem I'm having is figuring out what constitutes "feeding baby cereal".Are most of the people I'm reading about talking about actually spoon feeding a 4-week old infant, or are they talking about a bunch of cereal mixed in a bottle? Or are they talking about a teaspoon in 2.5 ounces of milk?
I agree that risk aversion is one reason why medical advice tends to be so conservative. However, that doesn't mean it's always wrong.
Medical professionals are so risk adverse it wouldn't surprise me if they say to avoid using cereal before 4-months to reduce their liability if something happened to go wrong.
Basically, every bit of solid food you give your baby replaces breastmilk, and you want to maximize breastmilk intake because that's the healthiest substance a human being is ever going to eat. And then there's the issue of the method of delivery- giving bottles can lead to breastfeeding failure if the baby becomes hooked on the ease of bottle-feeding, and bottles often lead to overeating because it's so much easier to get fluid out of a bottle than it is from the breast.
Also, there is the issue of the "virgin" infant gut. In an infant, the development of immune exclusion, by which the gut learns to recognize and exclude harmful substances like pathogens and allergens from passing into the body, is mediated by secretory immunoglobulin A (SiGA) derived from mom via breastmilk. Bypass this process by feeding baby solids before immune exclusion is even modestly developed, and you could be increasing the likelihood of allergies. See this terrific article for the full story: Why We Develop food Allergies. P. Brandtzaeg. American Scientist 2007, iss. 95 no.1.
Last edited by @llli*mommal; December 29th, 2009 at 08:36 AM.
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